Yesterday, “06880” posted reader Morley Boyd’s comments about Baron’s South. He said that construction material from the recent Senior Center modernization project had been dumped in a nearby meadow. He was concerned about debris in the fill, soil erosion, and the removal of trees.
Morley wondered why the material was placed there, whether it has been tested, when it will be removed, and where it will go.
Today, 2 town officials responded.
Jen Fava — director of Parks & Recreation — says:
Mr. Boyd’s characterization of an “illegal dump site” including a “host” of objects is greatly exaggerated, misleading and a misrepresentation of the actual conditions.
The decision was made by the Center for Senior Activities Building Committee to store the fill on site temporarily for use in other projects within the town and/or on the Barons South property.
This fill was taken from on site in order to accommodate the Senior Center expansion. The fill, as taken from its original location, contains rocks and soil, as would be expected, but it is all from the Baron’s South property.
Mr. Boyd’s description also made it sound as though truckloads of debris have been dumped. This is simply not the case. There are a few pieces of metal and other debris, but not in quantity, as implied by the description. The items in question are being removed.
With regard to the “mature trees” that were removed, this was done in consultation with the tree warden. Only a few trees were removed, which were not in the best condition and were identified to be taken down as part of the future plan for this site.
Alicia Mozian, Department of Conservation director, adds:
I inspected the site last night. It is fully stabilized and the erosion controls are in very good shape. I saw no evidence of silt/sediment on the driveways leading down toward the waterways.