Plymouth town officials attended Thursday night’s meeting of the County Commissioners to discuss the South Street landfill. This is a site the County owns and the town has leased for years—and an area the state considers contaminated.
The Select Board, the Town Manager and the Environmental Director were present at the meeting. Selectman Chair Matt Muratore told Commissioners the town wants to start the dialogue to resolve the landfill issue. Environmental Director David Gould explains the problem:
“We mutually need to address the issue of properly capping the South Street landfill. We have a methane migration issue that is heading towards the police station. They own the property, we can’t enter upon the County’s property and do a project without their authority and their permission.”
It was agreed that the county and the town would each appoint a delegate to work toward resolving the issue. Commission Chair Dan Pallotta recognizes that Plymouth wants resolution:
“ We heard them loud and clear. We’re going to move as fast as the statutes allow us to. We’re going to hear tonight from counsel what issues we have and get our marching orders, and if we can appoint tonight in executive session, we will. If we can’t at the next open session, we’ll appoint a liaison.”
Selectman Chair Matt Muratore:
“I’m very encouraged by it. For me it always works when you have an open dialogue with people and have honest discussions.”
Commissioners are scheduled to meet next on January 31st.