Rockland goes to court to stop man from storing flea market items on residential property

Posted April 23, 2012, at 12:57 p.m.
Last modified April 23, 2012, at 5:42 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The city has filed a lawsuit to stop a North Main Street resident from storing items that will be sold later at flea markets.

Rockland filed the land-use complaint Monday against Harold “Dale” Hayward and his wife, Geraldine B. Hayward.

The city claims that the Haywards erected a fabric structure on their North Main Street home lot before June 30, 2010. The city’s code officer notified the couple that the structure was in violation because no permit had been obtained for the structure. The Haywards were given until Jan. 31 to remove the structure or file an application for a permit, which they have not done, the lawsuit states.

The suit claims the structure is used to store wholesale items to be sold later at flea markets. This also violates city ordinances, according to the city, because that is not a permitted use in that zone.

The lawsuit also alleges the Haywards are violating a city ordinance by allowing sleeping quarters in a garage addition.

Hayward ran unsuccessfully for the City Council in 2010. A telephone message left Monday morning with the Haywards was not returned.

The city is represented by City Attorney Kevin Beal.

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