Calendar: State Officials to discuss Smith property Thursday

Partners For Planning, the citizen’s task force that is working on a proposal for the Smith property (715-723 Main Street), has organized an opportunity to meet with key state environmental officials to discuss the possible purchase of the property by the town. The officials will make brief comments and be available to answer questions. The information session will be held this Thursday, September 29th, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Library Program Room.

This session is primarily intended to provide information to town boards, commissions, committees and departments about the contamination on the site, the process of cleaning it up, and steps the town should take. The meeting is open to the public and any Bolton resident is encouraged to attend.

Presenters include:

  • Diane Belliveau,  Mass DEP Section Chief—DEP has been monitoring the Smith property since 2005 when it was first declared a Brownfield site.  Diane is familiar with the results of the testing on the site and the steps that must be taken to clean it. She will review what an ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is an why we need to complete it before we close on the property, and outline other requirements that must be completed in the next few months.
  • Ben Erickson, Brownfields Unit Chief, Office of Attorney General—In exchange for a commitment to clean up the site, the AG will facilitate an agreement to protect the Town from suits by the Commonwealth and/or third parties.  This is referred to as a “Covenant Not To Sue”.
  • Chris Mariano, P.G., LSP —Mr. Mariano has been providing pro bono LSP environmental consulting to the Partners.  He will review the site and discuss the reasons for a Phase I and Phase II review.

For all those who plan to attend, please RSVP (rochsenbein@comcast.net) so that we can ensure adequate space.

For those unable to make the meeting and for general viewing, BATCO is expected to tape and broadcast the meeting.

—Roland

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