LONDONDERRY — It's up to town staff, not the Town Council, to decide if Nutfield Publishing Company will get an extra 30 to 60 days to vacate the premises at 2 Litchfield Road.
Company owners Deb and Chris Paul now face a deadline of June 10, when an extension on their site plan expires.
Since 2006, the Pauls have been operating their business at the site without a certificate of occupancy. Last week, the Planning Board refused to grant the Pauls another extension, on advice of counsel. Town Council liaison John Farrell was directed by Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg to request a 30-day extension at the next council meeting.
However, at meeting Monday, Councilor Tom Dolan said the matter was up to town staff.
"I will leave this up to the discretion of my staff," Town Manager Dave Caron said. "They will look at the circumstances and at a reasonable enforcement of the violation."
Town building inspector Richard Canuel said he planned to begin enforcement on June 10, but said a grace period of 30 or more days was fair.
Nutfield Publishing produces three weekly newspapers. The business has been operating without a fire protection system and expanded parking lot, required in order to meet building codes. A site plan was approved in 2008 and extended twice since then.
Deb Paul pointed out many people don't even know they are in the building.
"We've had no parking issues or accidents," she said during the meeting.
Councilor Sean O'Keefe said he wondered why the town wouldn't support a local business. But, as Rugg asked at last week's meeting, "Other businesses are saying why can't we be treated like that?"