Dexter Credit Union continues to offer handicapped Art Festival parking

Dexter Credit Union continues to offer handicapped Art Festival parking

SCITUATE - Dexter Credit Union, taking exception to comments reported after the Sept. 12 meeting of the Town Council, is a strong supporter of the Scituate Arts Festival and will continue to allow handicapped festival patrons use of its Danielson Pike parking lot this year.

"We're a big supporter of the Scituate Arts Festival and the community at large, and we want to make sure that the residents of Scituate know the facts of this situation as it pertains to our organization," said Stephen J. Angell, president and chief executive officer of the credit union based in Central Falls.

At the Sept. 12 meeting, the council denied Del's Lemonade a food vendor license for the festival, scheduled to take place Columbus Day Weekend on the Village Green, Route 116, in North Scituate.

Reluctant council members said they had no choice but to deny the permit due to a restrictive town ordinance, meant to favor nonprofits, that says once an organization gives up its license, it cannot get it back again the next year.

An attorney for Del's, John Russell of Adler, Pollock & Sheehan in Providence, said the lemonade business had a festival license for about 30 years at a site now occupied by Dexter's branch office on Danielson Pike. Del's moved to a different location last year under an exception which, council members noted, was for 2012 only.

Russell told the council Del's could not return to the Dexter Credit Union site because, he said, the credit union did not want festival vendors on its property. Angell, contacted by The Valley Breeze & Observer late last week, confirmed that there will be no vendors at the Dexter lot.

Angell said the credit union will use its parking lot during the festival to provide handicapped parking, with Dexter personnel on site to park cars and make sure the lot is attended, something Angell said the credit union has done for the last two years.

"We have made a substantial investment in the Town of Scituate by building a new state-of-the-art branch office that fits the neighborhood aesthetically," Angell said. "We realize that the art festival is important to the community and feel that we can best support the event by providing access to those who need special accommodations to attend."

Prior to the Sept. 12 meeting of the Town Council, Angell said, Dexter Credit Union had not been contacted by Del's about using its property to sell lemonade at the festival.

Attempts to contact Russell, to see if Del's will challenge the license denial and to explain the discrepancy between his comments and Angell's, were not successful. He did not return telephone calls last week and this week.