Despite court order, Deerfield man continues to gather debris on property

  • Stanley Romanowski, left, stands in Western Housing Court before Judge Robert G. Fields in the Franklin County Justice Center in Greenfield on Friday. Deerfield Health Agent Richard Calisewski stands to the far right and Charlie Kaniecki, special health agent for Deerfield, stands second from the right. Romanowski is in a battle with Deerfield about the condition of his property at 97 Stillwater Road. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • Previously-taken photographs of debris, garbage and raw food at 97 Stillwater Road in Deerfield. The property is owned by Stanley Romanowski. Contributed photo/Richard Calisewski

  • Previously-taken photographs of debris, garbage and raw food at 97 Stillwater Road in Deerfield. The property is owned by Stanley Romanowski. Contributed photo/Richard Calisewski

  • Previously-taken photographs of debris, garbage and raw food at 97 Stillwater Road in Deerfield. The property is owned by Stanley Romanowski. Contributed photo/Richard Calisewski

  • Previously-taken photographs of debris, garbage and raw food at 97 Stillwater Road in Deerfield. The property is owned by Stanley Romanowski. Contributed photo/Richard Calisewski

  • Previously-taken photographs of debris, garbage and raw food at 97 Stillwater Road in Deerfield. The property is owned by Stanley Romanowski. Contributed photo/Richard Calisewski

  • This undated photo shows debris, garbage and raw food dumped at 97 Stillwater Road in Deerfield. The property is owned by Stanley Romanowski. Contributed photo/Richard Calisewski

  • Previously-taken photographs of debris, garbage and raw food at 97 Stillwater Road in Deerfield. The property is owned by Stanley Romanowski. Contributed photo/Richard Calisewski

Staff Writer
Published: 1/20/2020 10:39:27 PM

GREENFIELD — Deerfield health officials told Judge Robert G. Fields on Friday that Stanley F. Romanowski, owner of a 25-acre property on Stillwater Road, has ignored orders to refrain from bringing additional garbage and foodstuffs onto his property.

Romanowski made another scheduled appearance in Western Housing Court within the Franklin County Justice Center as part of his ongoing battle with Deerfield regarding the condition of his property. As he has in the past, Romanowski told Fields that Deerfield officials are misrepresenting the situation.

Charlie Kaniecki, a retired district health officer who works for Deerfield as a special health officer, told Fields that last week the town conducted an inspection of Romanowski’s principal dwelling at 97 Stillwater Road (where he lives) and of a second dwelling, at 91 Stillwater Road. Kaniecki said the principal dwelling is habitable, but the other has no running water, no heat, no sewage hookup and is “probably going to have to be demolished.” There will be a Feb. 4 public hearing regarding the second dwelling.

Kaniecki said Romanowski uses his property as a dumping ground for food waste, junk and other debris. The land is covered with boxes, containers, rotten food and some old vehicles. Romanowski is a self-described pig farmer, but he doesn’t own any pigs.

Kaniecki told Fields the food waste has created a rat infestation.

“The farm, which is no longer an operating farm, has become a junkyard with abandoned cars and the like,” he explained.

In response, Romanowski claimed the inspection report’s photographs of what town officials described as rat tracks are misleading. He said the tracks belong to chipmunks, squirrels and birds.

“I do believe there are no rats in the town of South Deerfield,” he said. Romanowski, 65, later told the Greenfield Recorder he eliminated all rats from Deerfield by shortening their lifespan from 5 years to 8 months.

“That’s for me to know,” he said when asked how he managed to do that. He added that he is now working on ridding Boston of its rat problem and believes he can do so in about two years.

Romanowski told Fields he brings food to the property as compost so he can grow eggplants and peppers. But Kaniecki and Deerfield Health Agent Richard Calisewski said this is untrue. Calisewski explained the vastness of the waste is less of a concern than Romanowski’s continued intake of it. Fields reiterated to Romanowski, who said he has lived at the property since 1964, that he cannot bring any additional items onto the land.

Romanowski seemed to imply he feels Deerfield officials are being condescending.

“Not everyone can live in fanciness,” he said.

“I actually have no idea what that means,” Fields responded before immediately adjourning the hearing.

Romanowski told the Greenfield Recorder it is impossible for him to clean up his property by the May 30 deadline he has been given. He said he has removed as many vehicles as possible and is working with a Springfield company to clear debris from the land.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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