The Metrowest Daily News reports that the Gulbankians’ lawyer faced off with Town Counsel Aldo Cipriano at the Thursday night Planning Board Meeting. Boston attorney Sandy Matathia represented the Gulbankian family at the August 8th meeting. Matathia is apparently the eight lawyer to represent the family in their ongoing legal battle with the town.
On Friday, I shared MWDN’s report that the town is pursuing $126,600 in fines from Gulbankians for zoning violations. This solicited a slew of comments on the issue. Many passionately supported the family, while others believed the ZBA was working within confines of the law.
Since then, MWDN reported on the discussion at the Planning Board meeting Thursday night. The board was scheduled to review a petition from the Gulbankians to review their permit situation. On advice of Cipriano, they voted against the review. Instead, they were witnesses to the exchange between attorneys.
The two attorneys engaged in a legal back-and-fotrth for several minutes, with Matathia contending that the Worcester Superior Court decision, though upholding the ZBA’s order, didn’t opine that the new permit was necessary in the first place.
Cipriano disagreed. He also contended that the town was forced by the family’s actions (reneging on previous agreement) to impose fines.
“(It’s) something none of us wanted to do,” he said. (But) if we didn’t, it sends a message that you can violate (zoning) and follow the Gulbankian roadmap, and we will not fine you,” he said.
Matathia made it clear that he believed the Gulbankians were within their rights to operate the businesses on the property without any new permits. He said that he would pursue their rights to the “bitter end”.
For the full MWDN story, click here.
For the history of coverage on this legal battle, click here.