SWANSEA — A garage located on Sherbourne Avenue raised some questions by members of the Zoning Board of Appeals during its meeting held last Thursday evening at the School Administration Building.

The board was discussing a 32 foot by 32 foot detached garage constructed for $35,090 by Daniel Desrochers which fronts Sherbourne Avenue, behind his home on Pershing Avenue.

Building Inspector William McGrady issued the building permit, noting that the request met the requirements for an accessory structure.

"It conforms with the zoning ordinances," McGrady noted, "There are no dimensional requirements for an accessory structure as long as it meets the setbacks." He added that the building does not exceed the height requirements.

ZBA member Paul Grillo noted that he was approached by residents of the area about the garage the they felt was oversized for the lot and wondered how the ZBA could have allowed it. Grillo emphasized to them that the issue had not been brought to the ZBA.

Chairman Crawford Kirkpatrick also questioned the whether the garage should have been brought to the ZBA. It was pointed out that the board could be involved if one of the abutters was to appeal it and that no one has. Nevertheless, Chairman Kirkpatrick noted that he would be in touch with Town Counsel Arthur Frank for further clarification.

The chairman noted that he had been in contact with McGrady who told him that this issue did not have to come before the board because it met the zoning ordinances.

Reached later, McGrady noted that accessory structures that meet the zoning requirements including setbacks and height, do not have to come before the board.

"It conforms, and we have others like it," McGrady said. "I cannot make a decision because I want to. I have to be able to back it up."

Town Counsel Frank noted that he was contacted by Chairman Kirkpatrick on Friday and that he will be researching the issue. He noted that there were questions as to whether it should have been referred to the ZBA by the inspector, based on whether or not the change was detrimental to the neighborhood and whether the ZBA should hear a change on a non conforming lot with a single family home.