Middleboro: Planning Board getting hit with restraining order

The Middleboro Planning Board was ready to pull the plug on a subdivision, but instead the developer slapped the town with a restraining order on Tuesday.

Planning Board Chairman Michael LaBonte said developer Ron Cavallo notified the town that a restraining order was in place that put the brakes on the board’s plan to seize over $200,000 held as a bond.

The board planned to seize over $200,000 that Cavallo put up as bond to finish the subdivision and use it to finish the road.

John Scanlon, who lives at Fernway, a high-end subdivision in south Middleboro, accused the board of dragging its feet. “This stinks,” said resident Pam Francy.

The road remains a private way until it is finished; and the town plows only public ways.

On Wednesday, the town was served with Cavallo’s lawsuit.  In it, Cavallo contends it’s the planning department’s fault he couldn’t get the road paved.  He claims the contractor, T&K Paving, walked off the job because the planning department interfered with the work.

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About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.