THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, May 31, 2019 Page 3 Meeting in the Rain Town offi cials visit auto repair business plagued by problems The main things that have Building Commissioner Fred Verone (left) looks at a property map as Saugus Auto Repair, Inc., business owner Zalam Daaboul looks on. He wants to buy the property he uses from the current owner. angered the neighbors are cars allegedly being sold illegally on the promises, increased traffi c and potential safety problems. But Zalam Daaboul said he hopes to change the attitude of town offi cials about his business. He’s seeking a Class II auto dealer’s license. He and his Everett attorney – Alfred Paul Farese, Jr. – are willing to make concessions and allow selectmen to set conditions so he can acquire the license. Daaboul says he’s willing to buy the property from 94 Hamilton St. LLC and Selliah Anapayan if his license is approved. “We’ll work with all the town officials and hope to come up with a plan to benefi t the neighbors and the town,” Farese said. Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Jeff rey Cicolini stressed to his colleagues and neighbors that a new owner would provide an opportunity for better conditions than if the property stayed in the current owner’s hands. Panetta said the board is set About two dozen people showed up for Tuesday’s site hearing at Saugus Auto Repair, Inc., which is located at 74 Hamilton St. By Mark E. Vogler f a lot of neighbors are unhappy about the way the auto repair business is being run at 74 Hamilton St., many of them probably stayed home on Tuesday during a site plan visit that was intended to give them a forum to talk to town offi cials and a potential new owner. Board of Selectmen Chair Debra Panetta said she thinks the pouring rain may have discouraged some people from showing up because they might have thought the visit had been cancelled on account of rain. With a backdrop of cold, raw I and wet weather, selectmen and other town offi cials conducted their site visit of an auto repair shop whose potential new owner could still be fi ghting an uphill battle after making eff orts to improve the appearance of the place. Building Commissioner Fred Verone, Fire Chief Mike Newbury and Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti joined all fi ve selectmen, a few neighbors and some of the business’s supporters. “We've had a lot of issues here for years. A lot of police have been down here,” Verone told selectmen. to resume its public hearing on the request for an auto dealer’s license at its July 1 meeting. She has already complained about too many auto businesses already located on Hamilton Street. “My initial concerns with Saugus Auto Repair were the types of services they were providing and if they were exceeding the scope of auto repair. The board had received several past complaints and reports of Saugus Auto Repair potentially selling cars without a dealer’s license,” Selectman Jennifer D’Eon said. “There were other past complaints about cars without license plates possibly being used for salvage. After observing the plot plan, my concern with Saugus Auto Repair [is it] has excessive vehicles and may Cicolini and Morgante explain their positions on signing resolution petition By Mark E. Vogler B oard of Selectmen Vice Chair Jeff rey Cicolini said he recently signed a petition for a Special Town Meeting to consider a nonbinding resolution to support custodians. But that doesn’t mean he’s ready to support custodians over privatizing maintenance workers in the Saugus Public Schools, Cicolini said this week. “My signing of that petition – the one reason and the only reason is to make sure Ron Wallace’s voice is heard,” Cicolini said. “I want him [Wallace] to have his right to speak.” Cicolini added that he doesn’t know if it’s better for Saugus taxpayers to have a privatized janitorial force. “I don’t have a lot of details, and I’m not trying to overstep the authority of Town Meeting,” Cicolini said. “I don’t know all of the specifi cs. I need to see the details,” he said. Among the signatures gathered by volunteers are two School Committee members – Vice Chair Elizabeth Marchese and Lisa Morgante – and Cicolini. More than 200 people signed a petition last week calling for a Special Town Meeting to consider a nonbinding resolution supporting custodians after the precinct 5 Town Meeting member was not allowed to read his resolution. “For me, it’s a little bit of both,” Morgante said of her reason for signing the petition – supporting the custodians and giving Wallace a chance to be heard. 221 Newbury Street, Danvers For Tickets call (978) 774-7270 or www.breakawaydanvers.com be encroaching on Town property,” she said. “A business must operate within its confi nement. My main concern will always be protecting the Town and its residents. We have several used car dealerships within walking distance of Saugus Auto Repair. I am personally weighing the pros and cons of another used car dealership on Hamilton Street. 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