GRAFTON, Mass. — Grafton residents who live in the embattled Westborough Road area where the four mammoth propane tanks are scheduled to be installed will have another chance to air their grievances.
The Grafton Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Residents who have been unable to attend previous meetings or who have more to say about the Grafton & Upton Railroad propane site are invited to attend.
The decision to hold this meeting came from the selectmen's meeting on Dec. 11 in an attempt to improve communication among the railroad, town government, and the residents. Jon Delli Priscoli, owner of the railroad, planned to attend in January.
But during that meeting, Delli Priscoli said the first of four 120-foot propane tanks was scheduled to be delivered the next day, ahead of the original January date.
That sparked a shouting match among Delli Priscoli, the selectmen and the neighbors. The next day Grafton Building Inspector Robert Berger handed the Grafton & Upton Railroad a cease-and-desist order forbidding the delivery of the tank.
The suit, filed in Worcester Superior Court, said the railroad did not satisfy its requests on the question of federal pre-emption oversight, that the land being developed is in a residential zoned area, is located in the water supply protection overlay district and that construction has continued with no local permits filed.
Delli Priscoli said he has been clear with the town. In November, he filed fire safety reports with state and local officials and had attended numerous selectmen meetings to be a good neighbor, he said.
In the end, he said, his project is overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration, the Surface Transportation Board and the U.S. Fire Administration, not by state or local government.
A federal court on Dec. 12 sided with the town until Dec. 21, when the U.S. District Court will hear arguments from both sides.
Neither Delli Priscoli nor anyone else from the railroad are likely to attend the Jan. 3 town meeting because of the litigation, officials said.