ZBA’s Bartolini seeking reimbursement of Legal defense fees; BOS discuss/vote on Tues (Updated)

In 2016, a group of residents sought to have Leo Bartolini removed from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Some also supported a filing with the State Ethics Commission accusing the official of wrongdoing. Now, the still-standing ZBA member is asking for the Town to reimburse him for over $12K in related legal fees. Read the full article → from ZBA’s Bartolini seeking reimbursement of Legal defense fees; BOS discuss/vote on Tues (Updated)

ZBA on Park Central appeal: Approval denied, Planning ruling reversed, Site Plan Review goes back to Planning

This week, the Zoning Board of Appeals ruled on appeals by the Park Central developer. The board rejected the developer’s claim that the project was “constructively approved”. But they also ruled against the Planning Board by reversing its decision. Read the full article → from ZBA on Park Central appeal: Approval denied, Planning ruling reversed, Site Plan Review goes back to Planning

Selectmen rule: Bartolini to remain on ZBA if recused from Park Central (until conflicts resolved)

Board of Selectmen members ruled that Leo Bartolini will keep his seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The vote was contingent on Bartolini recusing himself from any Park Central proceedings until conflict of interest issues are resolved. Read the full article → from Selectmen rule: Bartolini to remain on ZBA if recused from Park Central (until conflicts resolved)

Complaint against Bartolini expanded on; ZBA member refutes allegations

In February, an attorney representing a group of Southborough residents filed a supplement to his previous complaint to the state’s Ethics Commission. The letter added to information from a December complaint filed against Zoning Board of Appeals member Leo Bartolini. Read the full article → from Complaint against Bartolini expanded on; ZBA member refutes allegations

Digital Billboard Use Variance: Controversy over offered funding; Opposition speaking out; ZBA Hearing postponed to Dec 14

The hearing is rescheduled for Wednesday, December 14. The related hearing at the Planning Board is also postponed.

In the meantime – Some opponents are questioning the ethics of the project proponent’s offer to help fund Town organizations through the billboard. The proponent reached out to me to defend his integrity. And the attorney for one opponent is questioning whether the application even fits the definition of Use Variance. Read the full article → from Digital Billboard Use Variance: Controversy over offered funding; Opposition speaking out; ZBA Hearing postponed to Dec 14

Selectmen to hold “unprecedented” hearing on removing Bartolini from ZBA

Last week, the Board of Selectmen allowed petitioners to make their case against Zoning Board of Appeals’ Leo Bartolini. Residents accused the former Chair of disrespectful behavior that has eroded public confidence in the ZBA.

Their arguments held enough weight with selectmen that they agreed to pursue to the next stage in the legal process. Selectmen agreed to submit written charges to Bartolini and schedule a public hearing to decide whether or not to remove him “for cause” from his post. Read the full article → from Selectmen to hold “unprecedented” hearing on removing Bartolini from ZBA

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