Town considers buying controversial trucking property

Members of Great Barrington Zoning Board of Appeals hearing evidence on O’Brien case in April.

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON — Town leaders discussed in executive session the possibility of buying or leasing the O’Brien trucking property at 11 Roger Road that has been at the center of two pending appeals cases against the town, according to the agenda description of the meeting.

“What the town wants to do is what’s fiscally responsible for the town,” Select Board Chair Stephen Bannon said.

It could potentially be cheaper for the town to outright buy the property than to pay the legal fees and manhours that would be required to weather the two legal challenges facing the town and its zoning board of appeals, following the ZBA’s decision to impose certain restrictions on the trucking businesses of Gary O’Brien.

Leadership is able to enter executive session in cases when a public meeting could impede their ability to negotiate. The description said only that the meeting was to discussion the two pending cases and “the potential purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property” relating to 11 Roger Road.

“Everything is on the table,” Bannon said. “We won’t dismiss anything.”

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