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Earthwork firm plans move in Hope

Board considers minor subdivision, change in use of building
By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 14, 2021
A draft of the site plan shows plans for a new Ford Enterprises location on Route 105, including a new shop, storage of vehicles and a house.

Hope — Ford Enterprises owner Dan Ford met with the Planning Board Jan. 6 for the pre-application in his plan to move his earthworking business from Hatchet Mountain Road to a new parcel on Route 105.

Ford said his business, which includes excavation work and use of heavy equipment, has outgrown its present location at 318 Hatchet Mountain Road. He is considering buying a new property on Route 105, where he can build a 2,400-square-foot shop, store his vehicles and eventually build a home for himself. His business has six employees.

The board voted 4-0 to accept him as a pre-applicant.

It was noted during the meeting that there is some wetland on the property. Ford said he was not planning to use that portion of the property, and it would help provide a natural screen for operation.

Molly Luce, who is new to the board, was happy to talk to Ford, saying, “You’re awesome!”

Ford responded that it was not so long ago that she was driving him to school as a town school bus driver.

Luce added, “I’m proud of you!” to Ford.

In other business, Sue, Charlie and Jessica Wootten came before the board with their plan to change the use of the building that had served as the Barrettstown Farmhouse Restaurant to a residential family dwelling. The family noted that the pandemic took its toll on the restaurant business and the plan is to convert the building into a residential home for Charlie and Sue Wootten.

The board voted to send this to the Code Enforcement Officer for approval.

Luce wished the family luck noting that she liked the restaurant and was sorry it did not work out for them.

Rick Catalano came before the board with a pre-application for a minor subdivision. He is looking to sell a two-acre parcel from a larger property he owns near the corner of Hackleburnham and Alfred Lake Roads.

The board also discussed a letter it received Sept. 29 from attorney Jesse Rutter of Hanscom & Collins representing William Leppanen.

Leppanen owns 17 Easy Lane on Lermond Pond, which the town has designated as being in Resource Protection. The letter states that the owners of this property, past and present, were not notified that it had been designated Resource Protection and have been overpaying their taxes on the property. The letter requests any documents from the town concerning the designation.

The Planning Board voted to send this issue to the Select Board since it was a town matter.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Jan 14, 2021 19:11

Congratulations Dan. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you build a top notch successful business. Your dad would be so proud of you. As you came up through the your school years, that was such an awesome class of kids. Mine included. All so focused and determined. And I remember you when plowing a few driveways and mowing a few lawns was your catalyst to success. You had a goal,  focused on that goal, and made your dream come to fruition. Awesome job Dan. Keep it up. Any time you need something you have my number.

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