Deerfield weighs permit request for tubing co.
DEERFIELD — The town will consider a request for a special permit by Deerfield River Portage to continue running its tubing business along the Stillwater area.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is holding a public hearing on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.
Since 2008, the portage company, run by Daniel Canedy and Kate Clayton-Jones, has provided summer tubers with inner-tube rentals and transportation along the river from Bardwells Ferry Bridge to Stillwater Bridge on the Deerfield River. But the company does not have a permit to operate in the area, which is in the residential/agriculture district zone.
The company caught the town’s attention after Deerfield Police issued 93 parking tickets and received 92 calls and complaints for service to the Stillwater area to address parking and littering problems this summer.
Police cited the portage company as the source of many tourists on the Deerfield River and increased traffic.
Since applying for a permit, the portage company has moved the parking-rendezvous location from Stillwater Road to their home at 617 Hoosac Road in Conway.
In the past, the company has used a large van to meet customers by the public parking area near Stillwater Bridge. The customers parked their vehicles in the public parking spaces.
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Deerfield Board of Selectmen agreed with recommendations from the zoning officer and police chief that the business is operating in a non-permitted area.
“They have to go through the permitting process,” said the newest Selectman David Wolfram.
You can reach Kathleen McKiernan
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.