NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A Linwood Avenue resident wasn’t able to gain support from the Northbridge Board of Selectmen Monday night to discuss a popular hot dog trailer set up on Main Street from May to November each year.
Denis Latour, a member of the Board of Assessors, speaking during the citizens comment portion of the meeting, said his complaint isn’t with the trailer’s owner or operation, but with the town’s description of its use.
“It’s hardly a temporary trailer; it’s a seasonal use similar to Pirates Cove (on Providence Road),” he said. The difference, he continued, “is Pirates Cove pays taxes and they don’t.”
Latour said the trailer owner isn’t required to pay taxes or follow Board of Health regulations but is allowed to compete against existing businesses that do pay taxes and follow stringent Board of Health rules.
“They pull in and start doing business while everyone else jumps through hoops,” he said.
Discussion by selectmen on Latour’s comments would have required a 4 to 1 vote of the board, but with Selectmen James Marzec and Charles Ampagoomian voting against Selectman Thomas Melia’s motion for discussion, the vote failed.
In an unrelated matter, members of the Northbridge American Legion Post 343 Baseball Club received pats on the back and certificates of appreciation from selectmen.
For the first time in its 27-year history, the team made it to the final game in the state championship, ending in second place with an impressive 30-10 record for the season.
“They’ve had an amazing year and we wanted to honor them,” said Selectman Chairman Daniel Nolan, presenting certificates to Legion President John Berkowitz and Coach John Demagian as club members looked on.