Thursday, March 7, 2013
Here's a quick recap of what you missed yesterday, and you can check out the full transcript as well!
Chelmsford Patch invited Board of Selectmen candidate Roland Van Liew for a lunchtime live chat yesterday. In case you missed it, here are the policy highlights and results of our in-chat polls below, and you can check out the full transcript, which included debates between Van Liew and Selectman Jon Kurland and Joanne and Phil Stanway that at times proved inconclusive and confrontational between the two sides. We'll be talking with our next candidate, Bob Joyce, Friday, March 8 (tomorrow) at noon. *- sum of both columns, divided by 2. Poll not scientific Tax Classification Van Liew considers classification as irrelevant, seeing it as a litmus test for the Chelmsford Business Association's endorsement of candidates. Solar Farm on Swain …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Video #2 of 5 in our series of videos with the Selectmen candidates asking for your votes.
We started off our series of candidate minutes in the race for the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen with incumbent Matt Hanson, and today we continue with Roland Van Liew. Chelmsford Patch will be holding a live chat with Van Liew on Wednesday at 12 p.m. right here. Get your questions ready! Van Liew also sent a statement to the us this weekend indicating he has officially filed an appellate brief with the Massachusetts Appeals Court seeking to reverse the decision of the Superior Court dismissing his complaint against the Town of Chelmsford relating to the issue of 9 North Road. He has also submitted a citizen's petition (Article 32) to reverse the Selectmen's decision on the preservation restriction on 9 North Road for this spring's Town …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The committee made numerous recommendations including conservation space, more public access, and a ban on hunting in the area.
- Jay Oza
Tuesday, January 29
Susan Carter, chairperson of the Oak Hill Study Committee, presented her committee’s final recommendations to the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen on Monday night. “I just want to thank all the committee members,” Carter began. “We were a diverse crowd with different backgrounds and different opinions and everyone managed to work together to form a compromise,” she informed the board and the meeting’s audience. “Everyone got to see the fruits of their labor,” she gleamed. Carter was proud to point out that the final recommendations were voted on unanimously, something that Board of Selectmen chairman Jon Kurland thought was worth pointing out. “I know it was a daunting task, maybe even more challenging by the fact that there were so many …
Monday, January 14, 2013
An e-mail exchange between Roland Van Liew and Phil Stanway has created a buzz on the In-Town Report over the past few days.
Tonight the Oak Hill Study Committee will meet at Town Hall to discuss a final report on recommendations for the Board of Selectmen on the parcel of land, but most of the talk on Oak Hill recently has been on a different subject. Late last week, Roland Van Liew contacted Oak Hill Committee and Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship member Phil Stanway in regard to possible selective logging on the site. Stanway referred Van Liew to Oak Hill Committee chair Susan Carter, with Van Liew responding again asking him specifically on the subject and also copying the exchange on the Better, Not Bigger website along with his views on the subject and allegations of impropriety. “The proper protocol is to answer questions and respond to residents when …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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 …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Chelmsford Patch has just learned that one of the lawsuits regarding the 9 North Road Property has been dismissed.
Chelmsford Patch has just learned on the Chelmsford In-Town Report Facebook Page that the lawsuit between Roland Van Liew and the Town of Chelmsford over 9 North Road has been dismissed. We will have more details as they become available. UPDATE 11:16 p.m. - In addition to the suit being dismissed, a request for payments of attorney's fees by the defendants in the case, the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen and others, has been denied In a ruling by Associate Middlesex County Supreme Court Justice Joseph Walker, it was concluded that Van Liew did not act in bad faith seeking mandamus relief to compel the Selectmen to enforce a preservation restriction on 9 North Road. Walker also stated that Van Liew's reasoning to maintain standing in the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
In an e-mail sent on Thursday, Roland Van Liew shares his views on the two warrant articles relating to open space preservation as well as actions he believes should have been taken regarding land conservation in Chelmsford.
With Fall Town Meeting now only days away, the man who spearheaded last year's recall effort has come out with a response to speculation on views over two open space warrant articles. On Thursday, Roland Van Liew sent out an e-mail replying to a question made earlier this month by Phil Stanway of the Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship whether Van Liew would come out with a stance on proposals to purchase land adjacent to the Sunny Meadow Farm as well as the Sheehan Farm. Van Liew, addressing attorney Phil Eliopoulos instead of Stanway in the letter, questions why the focus is on preserving these two sets of properties instead of preservation efforts on Oak Hill. "It is interesting that, while the Town is motivated to spend millions to pay…
Friday, August 17, 2012
The former candidate for Selectman still has several pending cases against local figures.
While awaiting a final ruling on last week's Anti-SLAPP decision between Roland Van Liew and Chelmsford In-Town Report editor Roy Earley, Van Liew has filed an appeal of last month's ruling against Planning Board member Colleen Stansfield. In that ruling, Lowell District Court associate justice Laurence Pierce said that Van Liew "failed to show" that Stansfield's application for a harrassment-prevention order was "devoid of any reasonable factual support or arguable legal basis." The lawsuit came forth earlier this year in response to Van Liew's allegations that Stansfield sought to harm his candidacy for the Board of Selectmen along with seeking a harrassment-prevention order to stifle his political speech. In addition to these two …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Chelmsford residents against the upcoming recall discussed last night how and why they should vote against the recall.
A group of Chelmsford residents rallied together at the American Legion last night discuss the recall that Roland Van Liew has initiated against Selectman Jon Kurland, Pat Wojtas, George Dixon and Matt Hanson. Some residents, such as the Planning Board member Colleen Stansfield, said they feel the actual reason for the recall is being misrepresented. Stansfield said she believes Van Liew’s actual goal is to remove Town Manager Paul Cohen from office. “A certain angry man has bought himself an election based on misrepresenting what the true reason is that he seeks this recall, to remove Paul Cohen,” said Stansfield. “This is not about a building or acting unlawful.” Many of the residents said the repercussions of the recall is going to …
Friday, April 22, 2011
The judge today decided the 14-day window for Roland Van Liew to collect signatures from 10 percent of the town's voters will start today.
A Middlesex Superior Court Judge this afternoon ruled that the 14-day window for Roland Van Liew to collect signatures from 10 percent of the town's voters will start today. Van Liew is trying to recall four selectmen. Richard McClure, Van Liew's attorney, brought the case to court in an effort to seek an injunction on the grounds that the 14-day time period should start when the lead petitioner receives the blank petitions on which to collect signatures, and not when the initial 25 signatures to start the recall process were turned in, which was Tuesday. "(The judge) reset the clock today," said Town Manager Paul Cohen. "He also determined the town clerk’s preparation of recall blanks met the requirements for delivery, so she doesn’t have…