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“Corrupt Salisbury Officials” Push Out Owners of Red Ridge Farm

By: Tom Duggan – March, 2016

REDRIDGESalisbury residents Stacie and Mark Warcewicz, owners of The Meadow at Red Ridge Farm have filed a lawsuit against the Town of Salisbury for illegally placing unenforceable restrictions on their business license.

The Warcewiczs say that after years of holding weddings on their property with full consent from the town, they suddenly started getting harassed by town officials who placed unreasonable demands upon them to stay in business.

“We did this thinking we were allowed to. We had the insurance, we checked with the previous building inspector, but it was one thing after another. We were served with a cease and desist order. They sent inspectors from the town during weddings. The health department came in during weddings. We put in septic system, spent a lot of money doing what they wanted. It’s too much for us to do. We went to the Zoning Board of Appeals and won. After all that, we were told this was all done, and started booking weddings again.”

“That’s when they suddenly came up with the idea, right before we were to get our license, after spending all that money, they demand we build a road on wetlands after the fact.”
“So, in effect, the selectmen decided to add a brand new restriction out of the blue saying our guests have to come onto the property from Bayberry Lane [their home address where there is no access to the wedding site.] We don’t have the money to build a road and go through all the environmental regulations to build on wetlands.”

Warcewicz said that now the courts will decide as suits and counter suits have been filed over the neighbors’ complaints and the town’s illegal demands put on their business license. “Three abutters are suing us to stop us from having weddings. We are counter suing for the right of way to our own property, because of the unfair conditions the town put on our business license at the very last minute,” Stacie Warcewicz told the Valley Patriot.

“We are asking the court to take the town’s new condition off our business license. It’s not enforceable. The selectmen over stepped their boundaries and we want these restrictions taken off our business license.”

Warcewicz said that they had 9 weddings booked before the town targeted her for harassment and lost one wedding after the last board of selectmen meeting. She said that Town Manager Harrington admitted the demands were unenforceable and said they would be allowed to continue having weddings for what was already booked, “But he implied that I couldn’t book any more weddings after that. So, they shut me down except for those weddings already booked prior to their decision.”

The Warcewiczs say that the town is corrupt and they are leaving after more than four decades in town. Asked if they would stay if the town cooperated and they were allowed to continue doing business, Stacie said, “I don’t see that happening”.

The Wercewiczs recently expressed their frustration with the corrupt officials in the Town of Salisbury saying, “For 8 months we have been dealing with demands from our town, a lot [of them] have been, in our opinion, unreasonable. Hot water at our hand washing station, weekly health inspections, building of bathrooms (3) with a sink inside each (because apparently porta-potties are legal everywhere but at our farm), a brand new ($15k+) septic system,., All this, even though another popular farm in town which also has events, does not have to follow ANY of these same conditions. But, whatever we did what has been asked of us. All this on top of lawyer fees to fight the appeal of the building inspectors denial, not to mention the emotional stress caused by all this. NOT ONCE was there EVER any mention that the town (selectmen) were going to do what they did the other night.”

The Valley Patriot will be watching very carefully how this issue progresses in the courts, and will also be watching to see if any state agencies do their jobs and investigate the corruption in the town of Salisbury.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, a #1 Best Selling Author, Host of the Paying Attention Radio Program on WCAP in Lowell, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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10 Responses to “Corrupt Salisbury Officials” Push Out Owners of Red Ridge Farm

  1. Rev Dr Bob Gallagher Reply

    March 30, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    SALISBURY CORRUPTION CONTINUES! The five members of the Board of Health, of which I was a member for three years, has had front-row seats re Salisbury corruption. Just months ago, the entire five-person Board was fired by Town Manager Harrington for being “too proactive” in investigating serious health issue at local Motels. Are Harrington’s political connections so pervasive that state and federal agencies reneg on doing their jobs?

    Rev Dr Bob Gallagher
    Salisbury MA

  2. Elissa Allen Reply

    April 4, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    These ‘officials’ are a serious embarrassment to anyone from the area and any public office. What a horror show. They all should be removed immediately!

  3. Jo-anne Harvey Poore Reply

    April 4, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Excellent article! Honest people don’t want to do business in Salisbury

  4. pat Reply

    April 4, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Its. A beautiful place have a wedding. To bad i specters are being a$$oles

  5. sean Reply

    April 4, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Salisbury has had long history of corruption and mismanagement. The police department has been known among other police agencies as the worst around for corruption with a culture of rouge and crooked officers spanning generations. It’s disgraceful and needs to be investigated.

    • Rev Dr Bob Gallagher Reply

      April 12, 2016 at 1:01 PM

      Sean, I take exception to your indictment of the Salisbury Police Dept. Yes, we have a history of police corruption but that was then and this now. I support the Salisbury police, especially the current Chief. As for the Town Manager and Selectmen, we need a Federal Investigation into bold, arrogant, and chronic corruption.

  6. Mary Reply

    April 10, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    It is ridiculous how they make it almost impossible to have a business in Salisbury. There have been many that moved their businesses, when I see them, they told me ‘they left Salisbury because it was just too hard to have a business there.” Power trip. Shame on them!

  7. Marie Reply

    April 11, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    Used to go to the cinema occasionally. I’m not spending one nickel in that town!

  8. Barry Reply

    May 9, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    This was an excellent venue to enjoy a family wedding a few years ago. This wedding brought business to area hotels, gas stations, and gift stores.

  9. Rev Dr Bob Gallagher, Salisbury Reply

    May 9, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    In the words of an old Latin expression: “Illegitimi non carborundum” which is broadly translated as “Don’t let the bastards grind you down!” Go, Stacie and Mark. We love ya!

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