Friday, December 7, 2018

Westford resident gives town the middle finger—and there's nothing anyone can do about it

Ted Pelkey's protest of his treatment by the town of Westford is lit at night.(Photo: Courtesy Ted Pelkey)
If you find yourself doing a double-take while driving down Route 128 between Westford and Fairfax — yes, that is a seven-foot-tall sculpture of a raised middle finger, carved from a 700-pound block of pine and perched atop a 16-foot pole on the property of Ted Pelkey.
Oh, and it's lit up at night.
Pelkey erected the provocative sculpture on Friday in protest of a long-running dispute with the town of Westford. The town's Development Review Board denied Pelkey a permit for an 8,000-square-foot garage he wants to build on his 11-acre property.
He spent $4,000 on the middle finger sculpture, carved in Vermont by an artisan he declined to name.
"We've been trying to put a business there for the past 10 years," Pelkey said. "It's just never-ending. They're railroading us really good."
Pelkey's business is currently located in Swanton, where he says he's running out of space. His main business is cleaning spools for a monofilament line company. Pelkey and his son also do some truck repair on the side.
"It's a low impact thing," Pelkey said of his business. "We have such little traffic you'd wonder if we were open.

1 comment:

TSE said...

A "Must Have" accessory for any Resident who lives in Racine County!

Let Local, State and Federal Officials know how you really feel about being taxed out of your home and business to fund the lifestyles of the rich and famous Politicians and Public Employees of WI!


One crime after another!