went above and beyond
give up until a solution to farmer's problem
the public comment portion of the Board of
Selectmen's Monday night meeting, local
businessman Dan Devriendt stood up from his chair,
to the table and asked the board for help.
owner of Devriendt
Farms at 178
South Mast Street, explained his problem. It
seems construction going on up the road from his
business on drainage work and a new roundabout had
reduced his weekly business by 25 percent.
And now, beginning Monday August 16th, the road
will be closed completely for the entire week.
with catastrophic losses with a one-week closure
of South Mast, Mr. Devriendt had come to ask
permission of selectmen to temporarily set up shop
next week at the Glen Lake boat-trailer parking
area in order to sell his produce during the
one-week road closure.
Obviously, this presented selectmen with two
problems. To begin with, town ordinances do
not allow business to operate on town-owned
land. And everyone already knows about the
congested parking situation at Glen Lake.
mentioned these issues to Devriendt, and also
noted that any change to the existing ordinance
could take as long as six months. Mr.
Devriendt acknowledge the issues, saying he
understood, but he at least had to ask.
board, however, did not give up so easily.
Instead, Scott Gross, Nick Campasano, Steve
Fournier and David Pierce (Phil D'Avanza was
absent) rolled up their collective sleeves and
worked hard to find a solution for Mr.
Devriendt. Eventually they did.
first problem they tackled was legality.
Although town ordinances don't allow business to
be conducted on town property, the town does allow
businesses to sells goods on town property during
special events provided 1) they obtain a vendor
permit from the town, and 2) produce a certificate
selectmen suggested to Devriendt that if he were
to meet both those requirements, the board would
declare a "special event" due to the
unusual closure of South Mast Street. First
was finding a location. The board agreed
that the parking lot at Glen Lake was not the
answer. However, a quick review of potential
town-owned locations revealed that a pull-over
area across the street from Grasmere Town Hall is indeed
owned by the town. Second problem solved.
the board agreed that this "special
event" would be open to other farmers next
week, provided they met the same requirements as
a pleasure watching the board work so hard to find
a solution for Mr. Devriendt. After all,
Devriendt did not have an appointment with the
board; he simply spoke during Public Comment,
which is normally limited to five minutes.
But selectmen spent nearly 30 minutes in back and
forth discussions until the problem was resolved.
mentioned this to my wife the next day, she
wondered out loud if such a thing would ever have
happened in a big city, and that what our selectmen
did for Mr. Devriendt Monday night is just one of the many reasons
she enjoys living in Goffstown so much.
completely agree. Nice
Guy Caron can be
reached via e-mail at: GuyC@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
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