MONTAGUE – The battle over the location of a proposed youth club is over.
In a unanimous decision Monday night, the town council approved a change of use application that will allow the boys and girls club to proceed on the current site on the Wood Islands Hill.
Supporters at the meeting cheered the decision that has been in a stalemate for the past month over zoning bylaws and conflict of interest claims.
“I think the issue can now be resolved,’’ said the mayor.
The council approval, however, is based on five inspections that must be met for the club to open. Executive director Krista Shaw expected the inspections would be handled easily.
“I’m glad it’s over and I’m sure we can meet all the requirements,’’ she said after emerging from the town hall with supporters.
The special meeting lasted only a few minutes and council met with a planning expert this week to discuss the issue and obtain advice.
At issue is whether a majority who support the youth club win over the rights of a local citizen who doesn’t want it located beside her property.
“I’m going to be putting my house up for sale,’’ said homeowner Rhonda MacLeod. “I support a boys and girls club, but not next door to me. So if those supporters don’t mind being so close they can buy my house.”
The club hopes to be open and operating by mid-September for children after school programs.
Rotary Club president Carla Morgan was jubilant…