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WOONSOCKET â€” The Budget Commission yesterday instructed Police Chief Thomas Carey to see whether a Fall River-based pawnbroker ran afoul of any laws at a shop in Danvers, Mass., before it decides whether to consider granting the company a license to do business here.
Vincent Mesolella Jr. appealed to the commission after the City Council rejected Spindle City Pawnbrokersâ€™ application for a second-hand dealerâ€™s license last week.
Although he made it clear heâ€™s not a lawyer, Mesolella told the board he believes the budget commission has the legal authority to reverse the city councilâ€™s controversial decision.
â€śIn order to avoid a protracted and costly potential legal challenge...it is a budgetary issue,â€ť Mesolella said. â€śIt would involve a significant expenditure to defend this litigation.â€ť
Daniel Baldelli, owner of the Gold Loan Company, the cityâ€™s only other pawnbroker, has emerged as a vocal opponent of Spindle City, which operates about a dozen shops in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Citing Spindle Cityâ€™s record at other locations, however, he contends the chief operator of the chain, Aaron Tetrault, is not a suitable candidate for a license as defined under state law.
Baldelli and his lawyer, Michael Lepizzera, attended yesterdayâ€™s commission meeting, but they did not address the panel. After the hearing, however, Lepizzera applauded the commissionâ€™s decision to conduct a more thorough investigation, but he said he would challenge any effort by the commission to reverse the City Councilâ€™s ruling.