Anheuser-Busch Letter to Merrimack

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Anheuser-Busch Letter to Merrimack

Postby Mark Fitzgerald » Wed Dec 04, 2002 1:25 pm

I thought residents might want to see how AB responded to the threat of an Industrial Solid Waste Transfer Station being sited 1.5 MILES away from their industrial facility in an industrial zone. For reference, a transfer station at the existing site would be about 900 feet from the nearest residential home in a residential zone.

Date on the fax cover is October 31, 02 18:37

Mr. Dean Shankle, Jr.,
Town Manager

Town of Merrimack

Re: Municipal Waste Transfer Station – Mast Road Proposal

Dear Mr. Shankle,

Anheuser-Busch is opposed to this proposal. Locating a municipal waste facility proximate to our Merrimack Brewery will adversely affect both the Brewery and Clysdale Hamlet tour facilities.

· We produce a beverage for human consumption. Placement of a waste transfer station in close proximity to our food processing plant will increase vector and pest infestation concerns and will inevitably require increased reliance on pesticides to control such infestations. This proposal would needlessly increase ingredient and product contamination risks.

· Odor could become a major issue. Our Brewery and Clysdale Hamlet tour facilities bring thousands of people each year to Merrimack who contribute to the local economy. We do not want Garbage odors overwhelming the delicate aroma of hops and fresh grains for our guests. We are also concerned that odors from a transfer station could adversely impact our product.

· Our peak Tourist day is Saturday. We are concerned that the transfer station would add 2,600 vehicle trips per day to the area on Saturday’s.

· We are also concerned that the operation could result in both surface and groundwater contamination concerns. Our adjacent groundwater wells could be adversely affected by seepage and runoff from transfer station operations.

As you know our attorneys are still looking at the legal issue presented by the restrictive covenant prohibiting the management of hazardous waste on the site in question. While we are not taking a final position on that issue at this time, we note that municipal solid waste inevitably includes some household hazardous waste.

Anheuser-Busch understands that Merrimack must find a solution given that the landfill currently serving the Town is scheduled to close at the end of 2003. In our view the current proposal is not an acceptable solution. We are however interested in working with you in developing an appropriate alternative for municipal solid waste disposal.

Very Truly Yours,


Dennis Nesbitt
Mark Fitzgerald
 

Postby Mark Fitzgerald » Wed Dec 04, 2002 2:37 pm

Here is how the letter would read if coming from those in the immediate area of the existing site.

Mr. Dean Shankle, Jr.,
Town Manager

Town of Merrimack

Re: Municipal Waste Transfer Station – Fearon Road Proposal

Dear Mr. Shankle,

The residents living in the immediate area are opposed to this proposal. Locating a municipal waste facility proximate to our homes will adversely affect the quality of our lives.

· We live here. Placement of a waste transfer station in close proximity to our homes will increase vector and pest infestation concerns and will inevitably require increased reliance on pesticides to control such infestations. This proposal would needlessly increase the potential health risks to our children and families.

· Odor could become a major issue. Like every other household in Merrimack we have paid our fair share of taxes. We do not want Garbage odors overwhelming our homes. We are also concerned that odors from a transfer station could adversely impact the time spent in our yards.

· The peak traffic day in the area is Saturday. We are concerned that the transfer station would continue to result in 2,600 vehicle trips per day to the area on Saturday’s. Like most households in Town, Saturday and Sunday are the only days during the week we are not at work and we desire the same solitude afforded every other household. In addition, Lawrence, Bedford, Joppa and Bean Roads are not designed for the resulting hourly traffic peaks as they are not the minimum 24 feet in width. Finally we have evidence that the transfer vehicles used to transfer waste are too large to negotiate several of the turns on Bedford and Lawrence Roads. You will recall the Town of Bedford has recently closed its roads to through trucking thereby making the use of Bedford Road necessary in any future operations at the existing site.

· We are also concerned that the operation could result in both surface and groundwater contamination concerns. Our adjacent home drinking groundwater wells could be adversely affected by seepage and runoff from transfer station operations.

As you know we are still looking at the legal issue presented by the results of Article 25 in last year’s election. While we are not taking a final position on that issue at this time, we note that this was the only article related to solid waste that was accepted by the voters.

We understand that Merrimack must find a solution given that the landfill currently serving the Town is scheduled to close at the end of 2003. In our view the current proposal is not an acceptable solution. We are however interested in working with you in developing an appropriate alternative for municipal solid waste disposal and that is why we are willing to accept the combination of curbside collection with a drop-off area remaining at the existing site. Given we have shouldered the entire environmental burden over the lifetime of the landfill, we feel this is a just and fair resolution. Many of us were here in 1971 and have endured 31 years of traffic, litter and sludge (that the residents were told at the Special Town Meeting in 1971 would NOT be deposited here). We feel we have been responsible for more than our fair share of the burden for the community and now ask that we simply be allowed to the same quality of life as our fellow residents.

We expect our leadership and Administration to take into account the history, recognize the environmental injustice of this proposal and take measures to ensure we are not sacrificed a 2nd time. We view issues such as this as your primary roll, not to serve as biased mediators between two warring factions.

Very Truly Yours,

The Residents in the Immediate Area
Mark Fitzgerald
 

Postby joe179 » Sat Dec 07, 2002 6:40 pm

Mark,

I believe the BOS responded to this letterat their meeting on Thursday...
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