PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE BEFORE THE ATTACHED ARTICLE:
Some of you already read my personal post yesterday, so I apologize for the redundancy, but is with a heavy heart that I announce the following:
Unbeknownst to most of you, Barrington Code Enforcement Officer, John Griffin, has created not only one, but two, surveillance style videos, which I have obtained through a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request. These videos were made with the intent to harm not only The Olney Place, but my personal character as well. At last Wednesday's town board meeting, he was served with a lawsuit for "Defamation of Character" against me. My attorney, Jessica Bryant, went on to make the following remarks to the board members: "I'm confident the town will agree that the things that were stated in this video are so abhorrent and inappropriate that they could not be considered governmental conduct that should be permitted or considered governmental authority in any way." After that meeting John Griffin was let go from his position for reasons above and beyond his misconduct regarding The Olney Place.
This is why it is with great confusion and dismay to learn that as of yesterday, October 4, 2016, the Town of Barrington announced it has reinstated Code Enforcement Officer, John Griffin. In what appears to be a fortification of their position, I am left with few options.
Barrington has already spent over $25,000 in their own attorney fees defending their position that I am not allowed to use my deck they permitted me to build almost three years ago. Regarding this portion of the lawsuit they have already lost, as Judge Bender has determined in his summary judgment:
"No authority is cited to allow for a review and addition of conditions to the 2013 special use permit. To the extent that the March 2, 2016 resolution modifies the original permit of the ZBA, such actions are declared null and void."
The Judge has directed the Town to submit a Memorandum on the merits of the case, which will easily cost the Town additional tens of thousands of dollars.
I offered to withdraw the lawsuit, asking only that the town communicate its previously rendered approval of my addition to the SLA.
For reasons I do not know, it seems my offer has been denied, as the reinstatement of Griffin shows clear solidarity and support of his actions. I have never in my life been so internally unsettled. Where will it end? One of the few things that is clear is that the Town has made it their job and goal to see me buried in so many fines and so much anguish that I have no choice but to close the store. Sadly, we will be closing earlier than planned. As of 4pm, this Sunday, October 9th, The Olney Place will be closed indefinitely. Your support in these last days will help clear out my remaining inventory.
If you wish for my store to have a chance to open its doors for a tenth season, please send positive letters of support to the following:
Town of Barrington Attn: Town Clerk 4424 Old Bath Rd. Penn Yan, NY 14527 Or email: TownOfBarrington@frontiernet.net FingerLakesPhil@gmail.com (Phil Warren, Town Supervisor) and TMurrin@roadrunner.com (Tom Murrin, ZBA Chairman)
BARRINGTON--The ongoing struggle between Seth Olney and the town of Barrington reached another development during the town board meeting Wednesday night, Sept. 28. Building and Zoning Officer John Griffin was let go following an executive session after the meeting. This comes shortly after business…