Wednesday May 29, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

ARLINGTON -- The state intends to fine the owner of an abandoned mobile park $9,000 for improperly disposing of solid waste and operating a solid waste facility without a permit.

The "administrative order" was filed against Kelly Dietrich, owner of Dietrich’s Trailer Park, off Route 7A, on April 5 through the Agenct of Natural Resouces.

Alayna Howard, assistant for the ANR’s Compliance and Enforcement Division, said Dietrich, a resident of Florida, has yet to be served the administrative order. Once he receives it he will have 15 days to appeal it. After that period it will become a court order.

The town also plans to cite Dietrich for violating the junk ordinance, according to the Select Board. The park has been discussed for a number of years by the board as residents have complaint of debris left on the property. Last year some progess appeared to be made and Dietrich was floating the idea of opening a cooking school there to the Planning Commission, but those efforts appear to have stalled out. The park was also sold at a tax sale last year, however Dietrich has some months yet to redeem the property, according to board Chairman Keith Squires.

According to the ANR’s violation complaint, on Jan. 5, 2011 Environmental Enforcement Officer Patrick Lowkes visited the park in response to complaints.


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"The land was overgrown, and the mobile homes appeared to have been vacant for many years; two were partially burned," according to the complaint, signed by David Mears, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation which is part of the ANR.

Lowkes contacted Dietrich and learned at the time he had no plans for the property. He told Dietrich he would be sending him a "notice of alleged violation" which would contain a date by which the solid waste laws would need to be complied with. The notice was sent on Jan. 10, 2011, and returned as undeliverable on Feb. 15, 2011. It was sent again the following day and acknowledged as received on Feb. 23, 2011.

Another visit to the property was made by Lowekes on June 3, 2011, but nothing had changed, according to the complaint, and Dietrich never contacted Lowkes. In December 2012 the trailers were demolished but debris was left on the property.

In addition to the fine, the order requires Dietrich to clean up the site and stop storing waste there.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @kwhitcombjr