If you drive down Route 128 in Westford, Vermont, you can’t miss the unique statue that’s pointing right at you.
In this town, there is a statue of a giant, wooden middle finger is at the end of Ted Pelkey’s yard. He said the $4,000 he spent on the statue is worth every penny.
“I’m fed up and it was time to do something,” he was quoted as saying.
Pelkey owns a truck repair shop and filament recycling business in the town of Swanton.
He said he’s been trying to acquire a building permit for his home property in Westford, with the hopes of relocating the business there.
The town has not issued the permit, and in minutes from a development review board meeting last fall show that a review of the application for a building permit appeal found it did not meet regulations.
A town representative declined an on-camera interview, but noted the statue is considered public art.
Pelkey alleges that the review board is biased against him, and says he has no plans to take down the finger statue in the near future.
“The strain (with local officials) has been there for 10 years,” he said. “They don’t like us.”
He said the application will be reviewed by a judge in early 2019.