Town official fined $2,000 for conflict-of-interest violation.
WINCHENDON - A Planning Board member who has admitted violating the state conflict-of-interest law must pay a $2,000 civil penalty.
According to the state Ethics Commission, Guy Corbosiero admitted violating the conflict-of-interest law in connection with his opposition to the creation of affordable housing units on five properties, two of which were near his sister's home.
The conflict-of-interest law prohibits municipal employees from participating as employees in matters in which they or an immediate family member have a financial interest.
The Winchendon Housing Authority sought Planning Board support before the May 2008 town meeting for a proposal to create an affordable housing overlay district. The zoning change would have allowed the Housing Authority to create 130 units of affordable housing. Mr. Corbosiero's sister and her husband live across the street from one of the housing sites and a block away from another.
At an April 2008 Planning Board meeting, Mr. Corbosiero, in his capacity as a Planning Board member, spoke in strong opposition to the proposal and voted against it. As a result, the WHA withdrew its plan to submit the article for consideration at town meeting.
The next year, the Housing Authority presented a revised version of the proposal to the Planning Board. Mr. Corbosiero again spoke and voted against the article, and his motion that the Planning Board not recommend the article to town meeting was approved.