Final Arguments Monday For Grafton & Upton Railroad

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Final arguments in the case of Grafton versus the Grafton & Upton Railroad will be heard on Monday. Photo Credit: Richard Price file photo

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Final arguments in the Grafton & Upton Railroad versus Grafton trial will be heard on Monday in U.S. District Court.

Judge Timothy S. Hillman will hear from Ginny S. Kremer of Bowman & Penski, the lawyer for Grafton, and John A. Mavricos from Christopher, Hays, Wojcik & Mavricos, LLP, who represent the railroad, at 3:30 p.m. 

Hillman has not said when he will render a decision, but Kremer said during the Feb. 5 Grafton Selectmen meeting that it could take weeks or even months.  

The Grafton & Upton Railroad in December announced plans to build a propane transfer terminal on its North Grafton property. The Town of Grafton obtained a cease and desist order on the construction of the terminal, which would house a 320,000 gallon propane transfer station in a residential zoned lot near homes, schools and a library. 

The railroad, owned by Jon Delli Priscoli, has argued thatit has been open and transparent to the town and that its operation is pre-empted from local laws because of the broadly written federal Interstate Commerce Act. 

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