Salvage permit denial upheld by Salem selectmen
The board unanimously voted not to reconsider the denial at its Monday night meeting. Selectmen Chairman Pat Hargreaves noted there would be no public input prior to the reconsideration vote. Selectman Stephen Campbell made the motion to deny the reconsideration and it was voted on with no further comment from the board.
Hargreaves said if the business does appeal through the courts, the courts could issue a stay of the board’s denial and allow Rocco’s to operate pending a final decision by the court.
After hearing testimony during public hearings in April and on May 5, selectmen unanimously voted to deny the license renewal for Rocco’s Used Auto Parts.
Owner Michael McClellan has operated the business for about a decade and said he was willing to work with the town to scale down operations somewhat.
In making the motion to deny the permit renewal earlier in May, Campbell stated the business constitutes a public nuisance under state statute.
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