Plan to buy trucking property fails with voters

By Christopher McDermott

GREAT BARRINGTON — A clear end remains out of sight for two tangled legal battles the town is involved in over trucking operations at 11 Roger Road, after the select board’s plan to buy the property at the controversy’s center failed to get enough support from voters at a special town meeting.

The vote was 199 to 149, with the majority in support of buying the property, but the select board would have needed two-thirds of the voters’ support to be granted the power to pay $298,000 to Gary O’Brien’s trucking business GJO, LLC, for the property.

Town leadership said this was a compromise that could end conflicts going back over 20 years and save the town approximately $100,000 from two distinct suits they face concerning the property, as estimated by town counsel.

The O’Briens did not speak publicly at the meeting, but answered a quick question shortly after the meeting adjourned:

“We’re going to land court,” Kristen O’Brien said. “We’ll see you there.”

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