TRURO — The Find Board has sent a letter of censure to a member of the Scheduling Board and questioned for his elimination from two other appointed committees he serves on mainly because he broke the town’s experienced conduct plan.
On Nov. 18, the Pick out Board sent Peter Herridge a letter indicating he was currently being censured following he sent a letter to the Provincetown Impartial that claimed city staff members ended up lying about the Cloverleaf affordable housing project for the reason that they did not want to get in trouble with the town administrator, “who is notorious for firing any individual who offends her in the minimum.”
The Cloverleaf affordable housing challenge has been a person of the most contentious challenges in town, with neighbors increasing fears in excess of nitrogen loading in the Pond Village space. Herridge has been a vocal opponent of the project’s options, which has produced him enemies in town, he said in an interview on Thursday.
Herridge, whose term on the Planning Board expires following calendar year, was quoted as contacting Cloverleaf developer Ted Malone a “little scumbag,” in an Unbiased story and threatened the paper’s editor with a legal assert. Herridge also identified as himself a attorney who loves litigation, in accordance to the censure letter.
The Pick Board explained Herridge ought to chorus from referring to himself as a law firm and threatening to sue individuals simply because he is not certified to practice legislation in Massachusetts.
“By impugning the integrity, honesty and truthfulness of Truro’s Town Supervisor and town staff members, the Board has discovered that you violated Policy #54 and Values and Fiscal Yr 2020 Targets and Goals, and by threatening the editor of a local newspaper you acted uncivilly and disrespectfully,” the board wrote in its letter to Herridge.
Herridge acknowledged he very likely violated the plan but stood by his statements. He reported the town is so important to him and he worries about the project’s opportunity results on the town’s water.
“I consider every thing I stated,” he stated.
The board also despatched a letter to Planning Board Chair Anne Greenbaum, expressing his language is “unbecoming” and displays adversely on the city.
“It ought to also be famous that Mr. Herridge’s ongoing participation in the sort of possibly commentary or precise voting on issues which broadly worry challenges such as the Cloverleaf task perhaps matter the town to authorized liabilities,” the board wrote in the letter to Greenbaum.
The board questioned Greenbaum to get rid of Herridge from his appointed positions as the Arranging Board’s agent to the Group Preservation Committee and the Drinking water Means Oversight Committee.
Herridge reported he experienced beforehand stepped down as the agent to these committees as he battled health issues.
The Choose Board observed it could not take away Herridge from the Setting up Board devoid of a recall, as it is an elected position, in accordance to not long ago released government session minutes.
Herridge said he isn’t going to plan to run for reelection when his phrase expires, but he will have on his investigation into the venture.
“I’m heading to carry on to combat,” he reported.
The original specialist perform policy criticism was filed by now-retired Town Supervisor Rae Ann Palmer. She informed the board that Herridge experienced designed offensive reviews about her and town employees on various instances, but his incendiary feedback to the weekly newspaper went as well considerably.
“Mr. Herridge’s behavior is typically fraught with anger and threats and he is swift to point out when another person threatens his name even so, he has no problem producing derogatory, inflammatory, and inaccurate reviews about others,” Palmer wrote.
The criticism arrived in July following Herridge was quoted in the Independent as indicating, adhering to a consultation with a drinking water quality qualified, that the wastewater treatment method proposed for the affordable housing improvement would be satisfactory.
But he however has reservations.
“It tends to make it impossible to sue (Malone) as I had intended,” Herridge instructed the paper. “Of class, this minor scumbag will attempt to sleaze in any way that will make him revenue and this system will involve frequent and highly-priced upkeep, which, of course, will be performed in the crummiest and most affordable way probable. But I believe, from a purely lawful point of view, it makes it highly not likely that we could win.”
Cloverleaf has been likely by means of the permitting system with the Zoning Board of Appeals for much more than a 12 months. The 39-device housing challenge off Highland Street has faced criticism for its likely harm on the h2o top quality in the Pond Village region of town, while industry experts have said that the project’s wastewater cure facility ought to meet all community and condition criteria.
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