Plymouth: Dan Pallotta named County Commission chairman

On Monday, newly elected County Commissioner Dan Pallotta was named chairman of the Plymouth County Commissioners. The Vice Chair of the Plymouth Board of Selectman, John Mahoney, attended the meeting to make a personal request that town officials be put on the agenda for the Commissioner’s next meeting.

Commissioner Greg Hanley nominated Dan Pallotta to chair the County Commissioners. The vote, by paper ballot, was unanimous for the former Plymouth County Advisory Board Chairman: “Being elected by your peers is always an honor and I’m excited about that.  Having Plymouth come in is just another routine step. They’re our host community. We have intertwining issues.”

The intertwining issue that Selectman John Mahoney wants to resolve deals with the South Street transfer station, considered a contaminated site by the DEP. The state agency has ordered clean-up of the property, which has for years been leased to the town by the County. The lease runs out in 2015. “The town of Plymouth has all their ducks in a row as far as being able to put a shovel in the ground and get this recapping process done—it’s a $3 million project. Our environmental manager has everything that we need to do to get this done, and because the County owns the piece of property—this is the only impediment we have into completing this process.”

The Commissioners agreed to put Plymouth town officials on the agenda for their next meeting. Commission Pallotta stated: “We’ll be prepared to discuss whatever it is that they want to discuss, provided that it’s something that can be discussed.”

The Commissioners meet again on January 17th.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.