RICHMOND — Whipple Hill Road resident Alex Leduc may avoid a lawsuit with the town over his antique truck collection as both sides have agreed to mediation.
The town is suing Leduc and demanding that he get rid of the trucks and spare parts he keeps for the trucks, claiming in court filings that he is operating a business on his 4-acre Whipple Hill Road property in violation of town ordinances. According to court records, the case is now set for mediation at the end of the year.
Leduc moved to New Hampshire from Massachusetts last year, in part to pursue his hobby of collecting large military vehicles and Ford pickup trucks, he said.
Trouble started that year when town officials deemed the trucks and truck parts to be a junkyard operation and not a vehicle collection.
“They want me to get rid of everything,” he said when interviewed this summer.
Leduc is now trying to keep the lot neat and keep as many trucks and spare parts as he can inside a covered garage.
The town cites a sale Leduc had on his property, which he advertised on Facebook, as evidence that he was running a business. Leduc said he was selling off parts of his collection to clear up the property, in order to come into compliance with the town.
The case is now making its way to trial in Sullivan County Superior Court.
The case was moved out of the Cheshire County Superior Court to avoid a potential conflict of interest, according to court records.