TREMONT — The town’s contention that a flat-bed trailer is parked in violation of a town ordinance along the Flat Iron Road is rejected by Bob Cousins, the father of the reported owner of the trailer.
Cousins and his wife, Judy, owned Cap’n Nemo’s restaurant, which was destroyed in a 2013 fire. The most recent registration indicates the couple’s son, Jasper Cousins, is the owner of the trailer, according to Town Manager Dana Reed. The trailer is parked on the Flat Iron Road side of the Cap’n Nemo’s property.
Reed, in a Nov. 20 letter, notified Jasper Cousins that the trailer must be moved “immediately,” or it could be “towed away at your expense.” Reed, who also serves as the town’s road commissioner, maintained the trailer is parked in violation of the town’s traffic control and parking ordinance, which prohibits parking a vehicle within the limits of a town road between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The trailer, Reed wrote, obstructs the flow of traffic, interferes with snowplowing and “poses a safety hazard.”
In his email response to the town, Bob Cousins argues that the trailer is parked legally, and that Reed, in his letter, “ignores property rights conferred by the [Tremont selectmen] years ago.”
To buoy his assertion, Cousins is asking the town to produce videos from selectmen’s meetings from 2008 and 2009 which, he claims, “will provide adequate reference to our parking right.”
Cousins additionally alleges that media coverage of the town’s “accusations” led to vandalism of his family’s property. He claims the windshields of two vehicles were smashed, a tire on the trailer was slashed, and the plastic covering a boat was cut.
The Flat Iron Road was a state road, which the town took over in a swap that involved the Shore Road. Questions about whether the road is a two-rod road or a three-rod road arose during a 2008 survey. In January 2009, the town filed a survey plan in the Hancock County Registry of Deeds that settled the issue; the road is two rods, which is measured as 16-and-1/2 feet on each side of the centerline.
Cousins also complains that the town “has stored its plowed snow on our property.” He offers to lease the property to the town for such purposes, “but we no longer are willing to remove your snow from our property as we have had to do over the years.”