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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crow Lane Landfill Update — February 26, 2015

Crow Lane Landfill Update — February 26, 2015

This update is being provided by MassDEP concerning the closure activities that are currently underway at the Crow Lane Landfill.  In addition to this email update, correspondence and reports are posted on the MassDEP Northeast Region website at:  Please send your questions, comments and suggestions to:

Status of Work at Landfill and Related Closure Certification Material

The Superior Court issued an Order on November 5, 2014 that requires specific work to be done at the Landfill as well as the submittal of additional information to support the closure certification.  A copy of the Order has previously been posted on the MassDEP Northeast Region website and can be found there (see link above).  As requested by the Superior Court Judge, the Order was jointly proposed by the Commonwealth and New Ventures.  New Ventures and the Commonwealth are scheduled to appear and provide an update to the Superior Court in mid-April 2015.

Landfill Cap Repair Update

In November 2014, New Ventures and its consultant SITEC worked to pinpoint and repair areas around Landfill gas extraction wells EW-5, EW-6, EW-8, EW-9 and EW-14, which had previously been identified by SITEC as areas that should be further explored to pinpoint suspected landfill gas leaks and make appropriate repairs.  A few leaks were discovered and some repairs were made.  Following those repairs, an observation of odors was made on top of the Landfill.  Once the snow cover has melted, these areas will be observed and any additional required repairs will be made.  MassDEP personnel and/or its consultant have been and will continue to be onsite observing any such inspections and any repairs.

LFG Control System Update

On February 11, 2015, New Ventures consultants Blue Granite and it subcontractor United Automation, Inc. were onsite at the Landfill.  MassDEP personnel observed the day’s activities, which included:

·         reinstallation of the landfill gas flow meter, which had been sent to the manufacturer for recalibration;

·         installation of a new programmable logic controller (PLC), including testing to verify that the PLC as programmed will control the main LF gas valve, damper and shut down the system if temperature of the flare (generally required to be at 1600) goes below 1400 degrees Fahrenheit; and

·         testing the PLC notification capability, which had been programmed to provide real-time notices of the landfill gas flare operation (e.g., replacing the prior autodialer).
Following installation of the PLC, the flare ran for approximately thirty (30) hours before shutting down.  New Ventures asserts that the extreme temperatures have caused part of the pretreatment system to freeze.  The Commonwealth has requested New Ventures to submit a plan to address the freeze and/or whatever issues are preventing the flare from running.

Closure Certification Update

On January 19, 2015, New Ventures’ consultant and engineer of record, SITEC, submitted a response to the Notice of Technical Deficiency (NOTD) on the closure application that MassDEP had issued on November 19, 2015, as provided by the November Order.  An NOTD is a standard part of the closure application review process to issue notice of any deficiencies in a closure application.  The notice sets forth any deficiencies in the information that has been submitted.  A copy of the NOTD is posted on the website (see link above).  MassDEP is currently reviewing the response, and notes that SITEC reports that there are several issues that they plan to address after the winter ends and the snow has melted.

MassDEP Oversight

MassDEP and/or personnel from MassDEP’s consultant (Shaw Environmental Inc.) continue to monitor the landfill on a regular basis.  MassDEP and/or Shaw personnel are scheduled to be at the Landfill several times per week.

Real-time emails to the Crow Lane Information mailbox regarding any perceived odors or issues at or near the Landfill may allow us to deploy inspectors real-time, and are much appreciated.

Colby Farm Land Acquisition on the Conservation Commission Agenda- March 3rd

March 3, 2015
6:45 pm
Council Chambers

I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Meeting Minutes
     February 17, 2015

III. Conservation Commission – Old & New Business (6:45pm – 7:00pm)
     1. Colby Farm land acquistition

IV. Certificates of Compliance, Requests for Determinations, Requests for Minor
     Modifications & Requests for Extensions (7:00 pm)

V. Public Hearings (7:00 pm)
    1. Mark Wojcicki, Wojcicki Holdings, LLC
   143A State Street
   Notice of Intent (051-0926 – continued from 2/17/14)
  2. Joshua Holden, Massachusetts Electric Company
  95 Water Street
 Notice of Intent (051-0927 - continued from 2/17/15)

 3. Erik and Kerry Ann Metzdorf
 17 55th Street
 Notice of Intent

VI. Enforcement/Violations

VII. Orders of Conditions

VIII. Continuation of Old and New Business (if any)

IX. Adjournment

What can you do to help the displaced families on Plum Island.....

See Principal Raucci's email below.

Thanks in advance,



Dear Parents,

It has been a grueling 12 days for many families in the Nock Community. The impact of this winter weather has displaced several of our students and parents and I am reaching out to you to ask for your support. While these families are out of their homes we are asking for gift cards to help them out. Gas, restaurants, grocery stores, CVS, and perhaps a personal card or note letting them know we care would really help. If you are at the store and could pick up something as simple as laundry detergent it would be greatly appreciated.

If you could be so kind any donations can be dropped off in the Nock office and I will make sure they get to these families right away.

Thank you so much,



Beth Raucci

Principal, Nock Middle School

Newburyport, MA

This e-mail has been sent to you by RUPERT A NOCK MIDDLE SCHOOL. To maximize their communication with you, you may be receiving this e-mail in addition to a phone call with the same message. If you wish to discontinue this service, please inform RUPERT A NOCK MIDDLE SCHOOL IN PERSON, by US MAIL, or by TELEPHONE at (978) 465-4447.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Colby Farm on Community Preservation Committee Agenda

February 24, 2015 
Police Station Conference Room 
7:00 PM

1. General Business
 Approval of Minutes: 10/28/14
 Community Preservation Coalition Dues
 Anticipated FY 2016 Grant Funds 

2. New Business
  Discussion/Presentation: Bill Heenehan, FRS Unitarian Universalist 
 Option to purchase 61A agricultural land at Colby Farm property 

3. Old Business (if any) 

4. Project Updates 

5. Upcoming Schedule 
 FY 2015 CPA Grant Applications Due 2/26/15 
 Scheduling for Application Presentations 
 Next regularly-scheduled meetings: 3/24/15 and 4/28/15 

6. Adjournmen

Friday, February 13, 2015

Important Information Regarding Trash and Recycling Pick up

February 12, 2015
Molly Ettenborough 978-499-0413

Important Information Regarding Trash and Recycling Pick up

Newburyport   This is a reminder that President’s Day on February 16 is NOT a holiday for trash and recycling collection - there will be NO delay due to the holiday.

Please put barrels where they will not impede traffic. If necessary, shovel out where they are usually placed or put them on top of the snow if it will not interfere with snow plow activity.

FOR PLUM ISLAND: Until the snow begins to melt or can be removed, Recycling and Trash needs to be brought to the closest main street (Northern Boulevard or Old Point Road) by 7 am on Monday.   Trash can be put in trash bags on the side of the road. For recycling, mark your barrel, or use CLEAR bags which you can pick up at City Hall (lower level) or buy at a local grocery store. Because of the extraordinary circumstances, we have also put two containers at 115 Water Street (the Water Treatment Plant,) one for recycling and one for trash. These containers are closely monitored and this convenience will be revoked if abused, so please do not drop off any banned materials.

The City will place Code Red calls in the case of a delay of trash/recycling collection. You can also check the City website for any collection changes. The best place to look is on the Recycling and Energy page, under News and Announcements.

If you haven’t signed up for Code Red phone calls, or e-Alerts, you may want to do so. On the City’s home page, click on the small Code Red symbol. For email alerts, click on the button “Notify Me,” also on the home page.

The best way to get through this exceptional season is by helping each other the best we can. The Recycling Department has been encouraged by some remarkable examples of neighbors helping neighbors.

Molly M. Ettenborough
Recycling and Energy Manager
Sustainability Office
City of Newburyport
60 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

UFP Technologies Purchases Cabot Stain Property

A story form the Newburyport Daily News.....

Posted: Saturday, February 7, 2015 3:30 am | Updated: 8:17 am, Sat Feb 7, 2015.


NEWBURYPORT — A new tenant has committed to moving into the former Cabot Stain manufacturing property, and the arriving executives plan to significantly expand the Hale Street complex.
UFP Technologies, Inc., of Georgetown will be relocating some operations from its Georgetown and Haverhill plants in coming months as part of a company expansion. UFP, a packaging and container business, provides high-end solutions for sophisticated clients in the medical, automotive, aerospace and defense industries.
It is a public company and employs about 900 in plants around the country.
The new center in Newburyport will eventually employ about 200, including those in the corporate offices.
"Newburyport will be a good location for us," said R. Jeffrey Bailly, chairman and chief executive officer. "It's convenient for employees who have worked in Haverhill and Georgetown, and city officials have been helpful in the acquisition of permits and planning for this move.
"We like the community with its restaurants and downtown, and our customers have been using the overnight accommodations for years."
Mayor Donna Holaday is expected to outline financial ramifications of UFP's arrival at the Monday meeting of the City Council.
"This is a great company," said Holaday, who expressed satisfaction that the Cabot complex will be filled. "It will provide jobs and will be a fine addition to our community."
The complex is about 125,000 square feet,  and UFP executives say they plan to add about 80,000 square feet.
The Haverhill operation will eventually be closed, and many jobs there and in Georgetown, including executive positions, will be transferred to Newburyport.
The company will be hiring more staff, but will not be seeking new employees until after it has upgraded and expanded the property.
One attraction of the property appears to have been its suitability toward manufacturing with a diverse array of chemicals. UFP manufactures goods that must meet rigid standards in composition and cleanliness.
Its products includes a wide range of items from manicure and pedicure supplies, multi-purpose erasers, and wine packaging to T-Tubes, an advanced tube and pipe insulation system and Plantable Packaging, or a 100 percent recyclable custom packaging option using flower seeds that can be put into a garden. It also provides packing solutions for surgical devices, weapon systems and light electronics.
Company engineers do in-house research to help clients to develop packaging for its specific needs.
UFP was founded in 1963, and has about 3,000 customers, executives say.
"Our business is growing, and we are out of space," said Bailly, who is a resident of Newburyport. "We are looking forward to expansion in Newburyport."
The Cabot complex opened in 1985, and closed following the company's announcement in July 2013 that it was not renewing its lease.
A couple of comments on this story, UFP has purchased the property so they are not a tenant as the newspapers mentions. Their plan is to consolidate their current facilities into the Cabot building. Approximately 195 people will be employed in the building. They want to expand the operation in the future and have the available real estate to accommodate this growth.  The city is pursuing a 10 year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan and agreement with UFP.

The Mayor explains this agreement in her notice to the City Council:

At its core, this TIF agreement will exempt a certain percentage of “new growth” that UFP makes at this site from local property taxes. In this way, the City is incentivizing reinvestment in and expansion of this facility, in addition to ensuring that this key property is occupied and providing jobs in the region. The percentage that is exempt from local property taxes will decrease year over year by 10% and is set to expire after ten years. The City will continue to realize the full property tax revenue that it does today based on the valuation of the existing facilities.
At yesterday’s City Council meeting the TIF Plan and Agreement was referred to the Budget and Finance subcommittee for review before it is submitted to the full council. The City has a deadline of February 27th to submit this plan the State for approval. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Newburyport is among 22 towns and cities nationwide chosen to receive technical assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency. The City will receive assistance in identifying approaches they can take to become more resilient to flooding.

Newburyport is among 22 towns and cities nationwide chosen to receive technical assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency. The City will receive assistance in identifying approaches they can take to become more resilient to flooding. 
The community was chosen to receive the technical assistance through EPA’s “Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities” program which provides assistance on specific tools to help towns and cities with local efforts such as bike share programs and flood resiliency planning. The winners were chosen from 121 communities that applied for assistance by submitting a letter of interest explaining how the technical assistance would help it meet its goals with a particular challenge.
“We are thrilled that Newburyport will benefit from this program,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. ”Many towns and cities are looking for help to reach their development goals, improve quality of life, and become more economically and environmentally sustainable and this program responds to those needs.”
“Located at the mouth of the Merrimack River, we are a coastal community that increasingly experiences severe flooding and coastal erosion during storm events,” said Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday. “We have a vibrant riverfront economy, densely developed barrier beach and significant investment in waterfront infrastructure.  Because of this, we are highly concerned about the effect of sea level rise and associated storm surges on both public and private structures and resources.  As mayor, it is my goal and responsibility to protect these resources for the future of our community -- this technical assistance will provide much needed support for our efforts to do this.”
The Building Blocks program uses a variety of tools that not only strengthen a community’s ability to put in place sustainable approaches, but also stimulate discussion about growth and resilience.
Each technical assistance project in a community will involve a team of EPA-led experts and will involve the public in one- to two-day workshops. Each project will also involve direct consultation with relevant decision-makers and will result in a memo outlining options the community can pursue to address ideas generated at the workshop. EPA will conduct these workshops in coordination with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Through the Partnership, EPA, HUD, and DOT work together to coordinate investments in housing, transportation, and environmental protection to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently.
EPA invited communities last fall to apply for technical assistance on one or more of the following topics: bikeshare planning; equitable development; infill development for distressed cities; sustainable strategies for small cities and rural areas and flood resilience. 
“Many communities are seeking EPA’s assistance to think through how and where they will grow – while protecting the environment and helping members of the community most in need,” said Joel Beauvais, EPA associate administrator for policy. ”Our Building Blocks program brings the technical know-how to help communities overcome the barriers to sustainable growth so they can plan for a healthier, more vibrant future."
Since 2011, the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program has provided assistance to 130 communities in 41 states. As a result of this assistance, community groups, local governments, and tribal governments across the nation have increased their capacity to successfully implement smart growth and sustainable approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, prepare for the effects of climate change, and improve overall quality of life.
More information: 
-    Building Blocks program:
-    Partnership for Sustainable Communities:
The City's letter of interest for this technical assistance program is attached below.