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DES denies Meadows permit appeal

July 15, 2009
The Department of Environmental Services has denied the appeal by the Conservation Commission of the Alteration of Terrain Permit for the Meadows Project.

"We'll see how things go with the wetlands permit," said John Goodhue, chairman of the Conservation Commission.

Goodhue said the Water Board, who decides on the AOT permits, felt that the concerns of the commission didn't fit under their guidelines.

"They felt there wasn't enough there for them to act on," said Goodhue. "The wetlands application is involved in this process and we will just follow it along and see if our concerns will be addressed at that time."

The Conservation Commission submitted the appeal in May and since then has sought the assistance of the Board of the Selectmen in their case. The commission was authorized by the selectmen to utilize the environmental attorney retained by the town for the Liberty Hill coal tar site in their appeal to DES. The commission also recommended against the Dredge and Fill Permit requested by the Meadows Advisory Committee for the same project.

The new facility will have football, baseball, softball, youth fields, soccer and lacrosse fields a permanent concession stand with views onto both fields showers equipment and over 100 new parking spaces.

"We've made the application to DES for the project," said Sue Allen, member of the school board and the MAC, "and we haven't heard on that yet. We are still waiting. We have a while to wait I think before we hear from them."

Allen said that this is the next step is to get the project approved by DES before they can move forward.

Martin Lord Osman
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