In reference to Susan M. Newell’s “Enough Shenanigans,” in The Keene Sentinel, June 13.
FACT: Yes, motions were made and unanimously approved by our select board members on several occasions leading to tax deeded sales of three properties owned by Terry Qualters.
FICTION: Mrs. Newell states to the contrary.
FACT: Not only was it used commercially, it has been taxed as commercial property for several years.
All the abutters were mailed notices of the auction and there was nothing deceiving about the description or its use. The assessed value says it all.
FACT: Yes, Mr. Ruth and I leased the property to own as listed on the tax card — commercial/industrial. Chemical toilets and sustainable water are acceptable at this location.
FACT: The “repair shop” only operates on an as-needed basis for repairs, generally four to five hours evenings, three to four nights a week and five to six hours one day out of the weekend..NOT 24/7 as Mrs. Newell would lead you to believe.
FACT: Yes, the leaser is a young mechanic and a professional in his scope of work. His clients are NOT all “young men” with “numerous LOUD vehicles.”
FICTION: Our argument is not unfounded on the previous use of the building. Where else did Mr. Qualters store, repair and operate his business? Go figure.
FACT: We, Mr. Ruth and I are NOT trying to be “grandfathered” as a previous use, we are seeking a varience/exception for commercial use only, NOT necessarily as a repair garage.
FACT: Mrs. Newell’s “What is apparent here?” YES, ignorance and mistakes were made by town officials. The town hires and maintains an assessing firm to configure its/our properties. It is apparent the town accepted the changes made and taxed the property as such.
FICTION: Allowed a selectman to purchase, dirt cheap an erroneously noticed tax sale.
FACT: The auction was posted in newspapers, mailings, flyers etc. Open to the public, the auction was held and the property was sold to the highest bidder.
Everyone had their chance. Most neighbors were present, their options were open.
Mr. Ruth and I purchased the property as an investment, not to stir up controversy. There are three neighboring businesses within sight of the property (50 Rabbit Hollow).
1. Horse boarding facility and tack shop.
2. Logging transportation business/owner operated.
3. Gravel operation and storage across the street.
I don’t understand the neighbors’ concerns. It’s OK for you to own/operate a business, but not for me?
Were the neighbors afraid of Mr. Qualters? It’s apparent they wore blinders for a quarter of a century. Good thing the tack shop is next door.
We are not asking for a free pass to profit from illegal use of the property.
The state mandates the RSAs and the town zoning board makes its decision on information provided.
Nothing unethical here.
308 Richmond Road