Van Liew Lawsuit Against Selectmen Will Be Appealed, Public Records Case Dismissed

The two cases are part of several Van Liew has pending related to the 9 North Road issue.


Chelmsford Patch has learned from Chelmsford town manager Paul Cohen that a lawsuit between Roland Van Liew and Chelmsford's Board of Selectmen regarding the 9 North Road project will be appealed, following its dismissal last month.

The case, which stemmed from lingering concerns he held regarding improprieties with the 9 North Road property, was also at the heart of a recall campaign against four of the five Selectmen in 2011.

In a separate memorandum issued by Middlesex County Superior Court judge Maynard Kirpalani released last week regarding a suit by Van Liew seeking public records from the town, a motion to dismiss was upheld.

Additionally, a separate motion by Van Liew mentioned by Kirpalani to dismiss a letter to the Superior Court that the town claimed to show a lack of jurisdiction over the subject matter in the case.

Kirpalani stated the plantiff's motivations in that letter may be relevant to the merits of the case, but they were not relevant to the question of subject matter jurisdiction, which he used as reasoning to deny a continuance of the case last week.

Chelmsford Patch will have more on this story as it becomes available.

Iron Mike December 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Roland Van Liew: The very definition of a Town Bully with a deranged vendetta. Imagine such ferocious energy put to productive use...
Kathleen December 12, 2012 at 01:15 PM
When will this guy just go away???Maybe he should move to a different town if he hates living in Chelmsford so much !!!! I am really sick of hearing from him
Fred Oleary December 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
This must be one of the signs of the Apocalypse, I agree with Mike. All kidding aside I have never spoken to this man, I wonder if he truly believes that he is fighting an actual injustice or he's just a "dog with a bone." Not sure I care to find out, and he's hardly tried to make a clear case to people that something was actually done wrong - most of his latest rebuttals were as full of shadowy insinuations as a 9/11 truth conspiracy website. It's as if he is trying to create a Watergate without the break in, to trip people up in explanations of prior explanations. He is no Columbo...and when someone spends as much time arguing technicalities ( outside pf court) as he has, it strikes me as someone who is killing time. Maybe he'd like to comment here?
Joanne Stanway December 12, 2012 at 04:57 PM
My three new favorite people: Iron Mike, Kathleen and Fred Oleary. Nuf said. Thank you.
Muriel McGrann December 12, 2012 at 05:11 PM
In my opinion..This individual leaves a negative trail in his wake...."What evil lurks in the heart of men".What a shame it is that a man of means does not apply his talents to benifit the people in the town he choose to live in. His actions have cost every homeowner tax dollars to satisfy his wish to seek revenge for his lost cause. Its the Christmas Season....please change to a forgiving and loving heart in the spirit of this Christian season as I add you to my prayers to consider a reversal of your actions.
Benjamin Tracy December 12, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The dude just wants his name on the Interwebs. Seems to need that to feel important.
John Doe December 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
You guys are nuts if you think 9 north road was a legit process. There is not a single other person in town besides the Eliopolous' who would have been allowed to build that office on that property. If anything, Van Liew is wasting his time fighting against a system specifically designed for insiders to profit. I will never understand why people are criticizing him over challenging the town instead of criticizing the town for allowing the office to be built. Just a reminder, 40% of voters in Chelmsford voted for the entire Board of Selectmen to be recalled with no replacement over their refusal to stop the Eliopolous' from building. That should have sent a pretty loud message. But instead you get the same 10 people who reply to every story on patch saying what a great job everyone is doing. News flash, this town is being ruined. Higher taxes, worse schools, more traffic, fewer businesses, less open space, and the list goes on. We are going to walk ourselves off a cliff and smile as we do it.
Iron Mike December 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM
If you feel that strongly about the town John, - maybe you should use your real name?
Eileen Cushing-Craig December 13, 2012 at 01:15 PM
My Christmas wish for Chelmsford is that Roland Van Liew will finally decide to take his millions and put them to good use, such as funding cancer research, contributing toward building a new hospital wing, helping any number of local charitable organizations, feeding the poor, tending to the lonely...there is so much good that could be done with that money and I find it so sad that he can't just move on and do something good for the town (and for himself).
Benjamin Tracy December 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
RVL could also contribute to his own family's foundation: http://www.vanliewfamilyfoundation.org Think of how much better the world would be if he had spent all his lawyer money there instead!
Benjamin Tracy December 13, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Oh, and by the way Mr. Doe - 60/40 is pretty impressive considering RVL put up $100K trying to dupe people into voting for it. I bet Choose Chelmsford didn't spend anywhere near that much.
John Doe December 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Ben, I hope the kool-aid tastes good!


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