By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – A request for a special permit to construct new compressed natural gas (CNG) facilities at the Lakeside Avenue Shell gas station was denied by City Councilors at the May 5 meeting. Opposition was raised by Urban Affairs Committee Chair Joe Delano who said they were out of compliance with safety measures, noting that there were obvious violations of handicap accessibility regulations, including the absence of a handicap parking spot.
An amendment proposed by Councilor Kathleen Robey prohibiting alcohol sales at the location and restricting storing items in front of the store – two of the most controversial objections – passed. Prior to presenting the amendment, Robey commended the Urban Affairs Committee for their thorough study of the project.
“The committee worked hard in keeping public safety first and foremost,” she said.
Councilors Mark Oram and Edward Clancy agreed that the council should not support a permit if there are violations present.
“Let's be sure we do this correctly,” said Council President Patricia Pope. “Natural gas will come somewhere in the city but not at this location.”