June 24, 2018
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Rockland man allegedly operating towing company out of home reaches agreement with town over violation

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The city and a resident, who officials said was operating a towing business out of his home, have reached an agreement.

City Attorney Kevin Beal said Bill Jillson has agreed to comply with the town, which resolves the complaint filed by Code Officer John Root in March. Beal said there will be no penalty.

“The goal of code enforcement is compliance with the laws,” Beal said.

Jillson maintained that he had not been in violation, but said the matter has been settled. He withdrew his appeal late Wednesday. The settlement came two hours before a planned appeals hearing.

The code officer sent him a notice of violation in March, maintaining that Jillson was in violation by operating Knox County Towing and Recovery from 38 Lakeview Drive, also known as Route 17. This ranch home with an attached 600-square-foot garage is located in a residential zone and motor vehicle-related businesses are prohibited.

The code officer looked into the matter after receiving an anonymous letter complaining of the operation.

Beal said Jillson has agreed to only park one of his towing vehicles at the property, not to store towed vehicles on the property or perform commercial auto repair work at the home.

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