April 25, 2017

Neighbors appeal Atwood fence (10/29/09)

Oct. 29, 2009

Developer Jeff Atwood appeared Tuesday at a Development Review Board meeting to hear an appeal against a fence he wants to build.

Ron and Maureen Caruso, whose property on Lefebvre Lane abuts land where Atwood plans to build an eight-unit subdivision, appealed a town permit granting Atwood permission to build a fence between the properties.

The Carusos called the barrier a “spite fence” that will block their views.

“Instead of looking out and seeing green, we’re going to look out and see a stockade fence,” Ron Caruso said.

Furthermore, the Carusos said the property where the fence is to be built belongs to them, since they have used it for more than 25 years. They told the board they’re working with the state to claim a section of the land through adverse possession, which can occur when someone proves he’s continuously used land longer than the disputed land’s current owner.

Atwood refuted the claim, saying, “I certainly pay taxes on it.”

Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau said adverse possession is a civil matter.

Though  Atwood said he would not build the fence until he and the Carusos could reach an agreement, the Review Board ultimately rejected the permit upon learning that Atwood had supplied an incorrect address for the fence site. 


— Tim Simard, Observer staff



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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