Holland Blog filed complaint with State Ethics Commission against Nancy Talbot, tax collector of Holland.
According to official documents, Nancy Talbotís son Deric bought a buildable parcel of land for $100 plus back taxes for one year.
His mother Nancy Talbot arranged the deal according to a sworn affidavit. The parcel was about to be taken through the tax-title procedure. Read moreĽ
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Comments:Posted on 21 Jan 2010, 21:51 by Mike LaMountain
Lost a friend
The sad part about this whole business is I lost my friend Deric over this. The last time he came to our property was the day you asked him about this deal on our beach. I'm not going to say his response other than that he never came back.
Before this all went down I considered Deric to be a good friend of mine. He would often come up to out farm and hangout, I cannot even count how many times he came to deliver wood with me. We used to go hunting and fishing together. He would help me fix my trucks or machines without ever asking for anything other than a friend. I remember when Chad Brigham took notice of how hard a worker he was and got him a job as an electrician working with Chads old boss. That is actually how he met his current girlfriend.
If you take a ride by Derics parents house you will notice the stonework in their front yard. I remember when he spent so much time on our farm searching for the perfect stones to complete his masterpiece, he actually still has my rock chisles, and my little brothers 20 guage shotgun.
At one point we shared the same disgust for certain town officials and their evil ways. He filled us in on quite a few skeletons that were hiding in the closet. I remember how mad he was when Brian Johnson told him that he wasn't allowed to hang around us because we were the towns enemy.
Deric actually offered to let me take a peek at the list of property that was about to be taken and auctioned off due to back taxes. I didn't really think to much of it at the time. He told me one time that he had heard his mom, Nancy Talbot yelling at Earl Johnson over the telephone before the annual town Xmas party that she had enough dirt on him to put him away for a long time. I wish we would have found out what that little piece of info was.
As far as I'm concerned about the whole unfair advantage situation is the saddest part to me is the fact that I lost my good friend, hunting & fishing buddy, and awesome helper. It sucks
Posted on 22 Jan 2010, 6:02 by Jim L
I know how you feel. I had such high hopes for the young man. He was a daily fixture in our home that winter as he shared his life with us. Remember the deer on the lawn of his parents second home in New York?
Remember it seemed Nancy was going to help clean up and was providing us information from the town hall.
Then all of a sudden Poof!!!! Deric gets the tax delinquent land and we never see him again. The last time I saw him he gave me the one fingered salute.
It's OK Mike. You will make more friends.
Posted on 22 Jan 2010, 7:24 by What are you waiting for?
Well Mr Peterson????
Mr Peterson.. Why do you ignore this? I sent this letter to you a couple weeks ago. No response..????? They must have gotten to you too.
Dear Mr Peterson
From James P LaMountain
14 Lakeridge Drive
Holland MA, 01521 7 Jan 2010
To Town of Holland Selectman Christian Peterson,
Sir, Please review the enclosed affidavit and initiate a third party investigation with the inspector general in Boston or the State Ethics Commission. The transfer of this tax delinquent land by our tax collector to her son Deric is unacceptable if we ever hope to clean up our town Hall. I hear you were on the leading edge in the Gleason Investigation and hope you will do the right thing here too. We believe Nancy Talbotís ethics have been compromised and she should be removed from her position.
James P LaMountain
Huguenot Farmer @ Mashapaug
Posted on 22 Jan 2010, 7:53 by Moving Target
Deric just remember Earl and Bri'Bri helped make you and your family a public target for they're smoke screen. Think of all the people and things you discarded for what you got in trade. But yet again this is just another example of how a couple of small town politicians can disrupt the water in your front yard coy pond. I've know you for a long time and always thought of you as an independent... So why did it go down this way? Adam ate from the forsaken tree and and now he pay's child support for the rest of his life.. Remember history repeats it self.
Posted on 22 Jan 2010, 9:34 by fireman
Peterson.. Can't keep pee'n on the fire or eventually he'll get burned! Baby steps Peter.. He's just a house keeper.
Posted on 22 Jan 2010, 10:32 by Peter Frei
I prefere comments..
I prefer questions and comments here on the Blog over emails and phone calls to my home.
Someone called me with the comment that I'm wrong about my claim that Deric's parcel is buildable. This caller informed me that he had bought two lots abutting each other as well and that the two lots met the requirements of 5000sf and 50' frontage and that the town would still not let him build on the parcel.
I explained the caller that his two lots were in separate ownership at the time the first zoning by-law was adopted by the town of Holland. As such both lots separate did not meet the requirements to be grandfathered back in 1975.
To claim an exemption under the grandfather clause a parcel had to be conforming at one point in time and meet the minimum requirements of 5000sf and 50' frontage. Deric's parcel met the minimum requirements at the time the zoning by-law came into effect because the two lots were owned by the same party. The two lots combined met the requirements and became grandfathered.
Parcels that did not meet the requirements can not later be combined to meet the minimum requirements. Parcels had to be preexisting (and can now be) nonconforming, and are therefore buildable lots pursuant to M.G.L. c.40A, s.6. I hope this will clear up some of the confusion.