Norwell: Confusion leads officials to delay Jacobs Pond Estates hearing for third time

Norwell selectmen have cancelled three meetings recently, dealing with the Jacob’s Pond Estate mitigation fee issue.

The latest meeting was scheduled for Wednesday night between the Board of Selectmen and the Zoning Board.

The ZBA originally requested to have an Executive Session because of pending litigation but posted it as an Open Meeting, since they were told by selectmen that the litigation had been dropped.

However, just 48 hours prior to the meeting, selectmen posted it as an Executive Session on advice of Town Counsel.

Norwell ZBA Chair Lois Barbour said as far as she’s concerned, both boards should schedule the meeting properly, to adhere to the Open Meeting Law.

“We would have been perfectly happy to meet with selectmen tonight, but we just weren’t properly posted as far as the Open Meeting Law is concerned. As chair of the zoning board, it’s my duty to make sure we’re not put in a position, where a complaint could be filed against the board and I have tried to be very careful about that over the years”, Barbour said.

Selectmen said they will schedule the next Jacob’s Pond meeting with the ZBA, in open session.

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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.