In a Land Court filing dated Sept. 27, Realtor Brooks, contractor Jennings and City Council hopeful Dimakis argued that in granting Stem’s special permit, the Haverhill City Council “acted arbitrarily, capriciously and in excess of its authority” for a variety of reasons related to zoning and odor mitigation, for example.
All nine councilors—including Michael S. McGonagle, who has abstained from all cannabis-related votes due to a conflict of interest—are mentioned by name in the suit.
As Jennings and Brooks file their latest documents in Land Court, Pineau continues to move forward with her civil suit against the duo alleging they extorted and intimidated her for their own financial gain. In June, Pineau filed court papers that claimed the duo allegedly demanded $75,000 from her as payment for the deck of her property. Fearing for her safety, Pineau had a conversation with Haverhill Police in early April, letting them know she worried Jennings would “burn down the deck” of Stem in his quest to “fight them every step of the way and slow down the opening of her business.”
Both Brooks and Jennings have denied they ever extorted or threatened Pineau.