GROTON -- Prepared to make a decision on voiding a purchase-and-sales agreement dealing with the former Tarbell School, selectmen were once again disappointed when buyers failed to appear at their meeting of April 28.
Robin Kane, owner of Country Kids day care or her partners in the deal, including Michael Rasmussen, who had entered an agreement with the town to buy the Tarbell building with the aim of using the site for Kane's day care business, was supposed to meet with selectmen immediately prior to town meeting.
Selectmen had delayed a vote on voiding their agreement with the partners from the week before in order to meet with them personally to learn of their feelings regarding the action.
However, when the buyers again failed to appear, selectmen chose to postpone their decision again to give the partners one more chance to make their thoughts on the issue known to the board.
Selectmen were asked by town manager Mark Haddad to void the agreement with the partners after he learned that Kane had in the meantime moved her business into a location at Mill Run Plaza.
The move was made following a number of postponements in closing the sale for the Tarbell building, a purchase that the buyers have continued to express interest in.
Haddad said that he did not believe that Kane is still among the buyers.
At their meeting of April 22, Haddad told selectmen that he had been dealing with Rasmussen. It was his understanding that since Kane had found another location for her business, the partners intended to proceed with the purchase of the Tarbell property and sell it to another interested party.
According to the P&S agreement, the buyers were to have paid the town $35,000 to buy Tarbell and close on the deal by Feb. 15.
Concerned that a resale of the building may not meet the town's desire that use of Tarbell remain as something related to education or useful to the community, Haddad consulted with Groton's legal counsel who advised that selectmen vote to void the agreement.
At the time, board members had not been opposed to the move but concerned that holding the vote without the buyers being present could expose the town to a lawsuit. That prompted selectmen to delay their decision until April 28.
But the date arrived without the buyers.
A brief discussion whether to proceed with the vote ended when board member Joshua Degen, who had asked for the original postponement, asked for a second delay.
"I want to see them on camera explain their position," said Degen.
His fellow selectmen agreed and decided to postpone a vote until their meeting of May 12.