OAKLAND — The Town Council Wednesday will discuss what to do about a Smithfield Road property owner town officials say is in violation of the property ordinance because of the amount of clutter in his yard.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the fire station. Owner Bruce O’Clair is expected to attend the meeting to discuss what to do with the council.

The property at 8 Smithfield Road violates the town’s ordinance and the state’s junkyard law, said Town Manager Gary Bowman.

The homeowner, who lives in a mobile home at the address, has an array of stuff in his yard — broken down tractors, scraps of metal and wood, goats — that go against state and town laws.

“We’ve been trying to bring him into compliance for a long time,” Bowman said on the phone Friday. The yard “actually impacts the neighborhood values of other homes,” he said.

Councilors will also discuss the town’s year-end financials.


“Oakland has had a tremendous year,” Bowman said.

The town has a few hundred thousand dollars to carry forward in savings accounts, he said.

The council will also discuss how OakFest went this past year and construction updates around the town.

Madeline St. Amour – 861-9239

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Twitter: @madelinestamour


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