Selectmen Give Speedway Management Ultimatum Regarding Neighbor Complaints
Dec 16, 2016 02:15PM
By Andrew Sylvia
Fuel deliveries and dumpster pickups are taking place at odd hours and bothering the neighbors of the Speedway gas station on Lakeview Avenue.
Dracut’s Selectmen issued an ultimatum to the Lakeview Avenue Speedway on Tuesday night: respect your neighbors or face consequences.
In a 4-0 decision, the Board of Selectmen issued a 30-day review period of the Speedway gas station following numerous complaints from neighbors.
The complaints stemmed from a disregard for the proper operating hours for garbage trucks and petroleum refill vehicles, as specified by the special permit issued to Speedway by the town in 2005.
Under the special permit, garbage removal and gas pump refills are allowed only from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and at no time on Sundays.
According to Dracut Town Manager Jim Duggan, residents began noticing violations of this policy as early as June, with an average of about two to three violations per week on garbage pickup, with fluctuations on the gas pump refills.
An exact number of how many violations occurred was not mentioned during the meeting and was not available as of Wednesday afternoon.
Although Duggan noted that Speedway only has indirect control of the vendors responsible for these services, the repeated violations and the seeming indifference to them required action.
“I would have not brought this (before the board) unless it had gotten to this level of frustration for the neighbors,” he said.
Speedway District Manager Sean Thompkins also voiced frustration regarding the station’s vendors ignoring requests to follow the policy. He also indicated that one reported violation on Nov. 23 actually came from Paddy’s Ale House next door.
However, those comments fell on deaf ears. There was a question as to how long Speedway should be given to rectify the situation or if punishment should be meted immediately, but there was no doubt regarding the Selectmen’s belief that action must be taken to stop the violations.
“As you can see,” said Selectman Tony Archinski to Thompkins, “Nobody here is happy with you disrupting the neighborhood.”
The matter will be revisited by the Selectmen in January. If violations continue, a modification or revocation of Speedway’s special permit could occur, endangering Speedway’s ability to continue operating.
Speedway is currently open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In other news from Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting:
- Diane Ackley was given a citation from the board for 25 years of service to the Dracut Police Department. Although she officially retired in November, she will return in January to help out one day a week.
- Interim Police Chief Neil Ouellette informed the board that an anonymous individual donated a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for the public’s use. The Selectmen unanimously accepted the gift, it is expected to be used for refreshments at a future function.
- Amici’s Café on Lakeview Avenue now officially has a victualler’s license, with the Selectmen unanimously voting to transfer over from Orange Leaf Yogurt. Although Amici’s is taking over Orange Leaf’s location, the business expects to be much more than deserts, focusing on baked goods and lighter fare.