Abington: Wetlands feud goes to court

A year-long feud between Abington neighbors is heading to court.

Rodney and Ellen Powers are suing the town Conservation Commission and two town employees who live a few doors up  on Wyman Rd.

The trouble began last spring when Katrina Park and Wayne Paige decided to do some landscaping.

The Powerses filed a complaint with the town of Abington, saying the work violated wetlands protections, but the town’s Conservation Commission ruled that no approval was needed.

The Powerses appealed to the state D.E.P., which said a “notice of intent”, a more involved and costly process than the local board recommended, had to be filed.

The suit claims the board was operating under a conflict of interest.

Several conservation commission members listed as defendants in the suit have since resigned, citing lack of support from selectmen or health issues.

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About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.