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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Newburyport Elks, Common Core Forum Presentation

For those of you that could not attend this forum (I was in that group) here is the video:

There was also a Chapter 70 school funding meeting the same night. I asked the organizer for a video of the meeting but none were not taken. I will ask that the next meeting be videotaped for people with busy lives like mine.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Crow Lane Landfill Update — September 23, 2014

Commonwealth Files Contempt Complaint against New Ventures in Superior Court

The Attorney General’s Office has filed a Complaint for Contempt against New Ventures Associates, LLC (“New Ventures”) with respect to the Crow Lane Landfill.  The Contempt Complaint specifically concerns New Ventures’ obligations under the Superior Court’s Final Judgment, which was issued in April 2009 (Suffolk Superior Court, Civil Action No. 06-0790 C).  The Complaint and supporting documents, which will be posted on MassDEP’s website later today or tomorrow, include:

1.       September 22, 2014 letter from Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to New Ventures LLC’s Attorney
2.       Complaint for Contempt
3.       Affidavit of Susan P. Ruch, MassDEP Deputy Regional Director, Bureau of Waste Prevention
4.       Affidavit of John A. Carrigan, MassDEP Chief, Solid Waste Management Section
5.       Affidavit of Richard J. Spieler, Environmental Engineer
6.       Technical Addendum to Affidavits
The Complaint asks the Court to find New Ventures in contempt for:  (1) failing to operate, monitor, maintain, and repair the enclosed flare and landfill gas control system; (2) failing to repair and seal breaches in the landfill’s cap; and (3) failing to submit a Landfill Closure Completion application that meets the requirements of the Final Judgment.  Because this matter is now in litigation, MassDEP hopes that interested persons will recognize that we are constrained from discussing details related to the case.

Additional Information and Documents

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:

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.

Planning Board Meeting of the Proposed CVS on Storey Avenue

Planning Board Meeting 
October 1, 2014 
7:00 PM 
Council Chamber 

Tropic Star Development, LLC 
 75, 79, 79R, 81, and 83 Storey Avenue 
 Major Site Plan Review 
 Continued from September 17, 2014 

Paving Projects in the City Starting September 29th.

The City of Newburyport Department of Public Services will be paving Highland Ave., Carlton Dr., Purchase St., Brooks Ct., and Stanley Ave. starting September 29, 2014 and will continue for several days (weather permitting).  Typically, work will be conducted between the hours of 7:00am - 5:00pm during the week.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Possible Detours on High Street

On Tuesday, September 23rd and Wednesday, September 24th, workers will be installing a New Water Line to the new Senior Citizen Center located in the area of 333 High Street. There is a possibility of closures and detours at this area during the day. We will do everything possible to minimize disruptions and would like to thank you for your patience while we make this important improvement. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Newburyport Water and Sewer Business Office at 978-465-4420.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Next Meeting on the Proposed CVS Project

The next meeting on the proposed CVS will be held by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers .

Please take the Safe Routes to School Survey

An email for Juliet Walker:

In case you haven’t already received this, with the assistance of the National Safe Routes to School Program, we have set up online surveys for families of each of the K to 8 schools to help us better understand walking and biking habits.  These surveys also could also help to better position our schools for funding for safety improvements to our roads and sidewalks as well as for programming that supports and promotes safe route to school for our kids.  Please click on the links below for each of the schools that you have kids at.  It only takes a few moments of your time and could have huge benefits for our school system.  Surveys will be available until October 3 – please help us spread the word!  Also, you can find us (and friend us) on Facebook and I’ve posted the links to these there as well --  I sent a notice to the schools and the superintendent’s office at the end of last week and hopefully they will be including this in their e-news soon.