TREMONT — Drivers using the Flat Iron Road here shouldn’t have to worry much longer about dodging a flatbed trailer that, according to the town, is parked partially in the travel lane.
Town Manager Dana Reed, who also serves as the town’s road commissioner, notified the owner of the trailer, Jasper Cousins, in a Nov. 20 letter that the trailer must moved “immediately” or it could be “towed away at your expense.”
At a selectmen’s meeting last month, Reed reported he had fielded numerous citizen complaints about the trailer that has been parked for some time alongside the former Cap’n Nemo’s restaurant, which was destroyed in a 2013 fire. Jasper Cousins is the son of the owners of the restaurant, Bob and Judy Cousins.
According to Reed’s letter, the trailer, which has an expired registration, is in violation of the town’s traffic control and parking ordinance. The ordinance prohibits parking of a vehicle within the limits of a town road between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Reed further wrote that, as road commissioner, it is his opinion that the trailer “poses a safety hazard, obstructs traffic and will interfere with snowplowing.”
Reed said Monday that he notified the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department about the situation. According to the ordinance, the town’s contracted police department – in this case the sheriff’s department – is to enforce violations.
Under the ordinance, Cousins could be assessed fines of $25 for each violation. If a violator fails to pay a fine within 30 days, then a civil action will be filed in court.
Originally a state road, the 1,500-foot-long Flat Iron Road was taken over by the town in 1986 in a land swap with the state involving the Shore Road. Questions about its width arose in 2008 when a surveyor was determining the centerline. Town records were no help. Eventually, selectmen deemed that it should be a two-rod road, and in January 2009, a survey plan establishing that fact was recorded in the Hancock County Registry of Deeds.