Reached by phone Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, Dodier said that he will continue to build and would like to reopen. He added that he was not sure what his standing is with the town.
Normyle said that since Dodier does have the building permit, he can continue to build. But, he added that because of the significant changes to the building, Dodier will also be unable to reopen the diner even for its original use.
“He can finish building the building but cannot run his business because he has gone from a small diner to a much larger restaurant with a bar and apartments,” Normyle said.
To reopen, Normyle said, Dodier will have to return to the DRB to obtain an approved conditional use permit. “The ball is in Dodier's court,” Normyle said, adding there are a couple of state permits he must get as well.
When asked whether the town will consider changing the process of allowing building permits to be issued before conditional use permits, Normyle replied, “This was a unique situation and I can assure you that the zoning administrator has learned his lesson and will not be issuing another building permit before a conditional use permit.”
The Chester Selectboard will be holding a meeting for the legal voters of Chester at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at the auditorium of Green Mountain Union High School to vote on two proposals:
Article 1: To see if the Town will vote to change the date and time of the annual Town Meeting from the Saturday before the first Tuesday in March at 10:00 a.m. to the Monday before the first Tuesday in March at 6:00 p.m.
Article 2: To see if the Town will vote to change the location of the annual Town Meeting and any Special Town Meetings from the Green Mountain Union High School Auditorium to the Town Hall Second Floor.
If both Article 1 and Article 2 are approved, the Town Meeting will be held on the night of Monday, March 5 on the 2nd Floor of Town Hall instead of the morning of Saturday, March 3, at the GMUHS auditorium. Election Day will remain Tuesday March 6.
Chester fiber artist Dorothy Riley Blomberg has donated eight colorful handmade quilts
for sale to benefit the Chester Andover Family Center, 656 Depot St. The finely crafted quilts are suitable for a baby's bed or for hanging. The quilts are on sale for $20 to $50 with all proceeds going to the Family Center. Pictured right is CAFC shop manager and board vice chair Sherry Willumitis holding one of the quilts. Below are two photos of quilt details.