Ashburnham group eyes new DPW site - ...

Ashburnham group eyes new DPW site - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 12 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 1, 2010, titled Ashburnham group eyes new DPW site - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

A focus group formed with a goal of redeveloping the downtown business district has since changed its mission to finding a new home for the Department of Public Works.

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Worcester, MA

#1 Jan 1, 2010
The chairman of this focus group is Bob Fichtel. It seems remarkable that the reporter, who quotes him numerous times throughout the article, would make such a big gaffe.

Worcester, MA

#2 Jan 1, 2010
actually his name is Bob.

Interesting to know who owns this private property and what that individuals relationship is to the committee. Also, after all of the money spent to make Landry Field specifically for the purpose of recreation, can this committee arbitrarily decide to change that use. It was named for someone who gave alot to this town - what aabout that??
Another point that seems not to be addressed is that for many years the current site of the DPW was the home to two factories - this was over 100 years ago - the amount of hazardous waste that must have seeped into the ground would have to present a problem.
Not against change, just wondering ...
man oh man

United States

#3 Jan 1, 2010
Once again the townspeople have no idea about things they talk about. The current DPW site was a train depot as far as I know. What factory was there?


#4 Jan 1, 2010
Read town history, the DPW location was a railroad site and the former building that fell under the weight of snow in the 80's was one of the former RR buildings. It is my understanding any ground contamination has been considered. As far as Landry Field, it was a former dump so would the land support a structure? Given it becomes a site of consideration the townspeople still have the right to vote it down. Asking what relationship a property owner has to committee members cracks me up. There are so many laws governing ethics it is a non issue. How many indictments have there been in Ashburnham for theft or corruption? There are so many people ready to attack the honesty of people who get involved yet there are so few who get involved themselves.

Sign me Frustrated.

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Jan 1, 2010
I guess the residents are ready to spend more money again, get ready for even more tax increases, it's unbelieveable what they keep wanting to pay more
lone star

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Jan 1, 2010
the DPW location has been tested and the land is fine- nothing hazardous found. The DPW needs to be relocated and then that exsisting site can be built up for something that will actually bring $$ into the town via taxes.Sometimes it costs money to actually make money and eventually things will turn around economically.Hopefully!

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#7 Jan 1, 2010
I am with you on this one lone star...

Boston, MA

#8 Jan 2, 2010
As far as the location on Rte. 12, I think it's the garage on Rte 12 heading south toward Westminster & Fitchburg from the center of town - it's actually a good, logical choice, even though that part of the road is maintained by the Mass DPW. That garage has been up for sale for several years.

Gardner, MA

#9 Jan 2, 2010
Boutwell's Garage would be a decent spot. Get ready though, to give Wayne Adams something else to grandstand about at the Selectmens' meetings though.

Fitchburg, MA

#10 Jan 3, 2010
Absolutly Boutwells garage anything else is insane He has done a service for town buy the garage for a premium. and use it>

Brookfield, MA

#11 Jan 4, 2010
Resident wrote:
Boutwell's Garage would be a decent spot. Get ready though, to give Wayne Adams something else to grandstand about at the Selectmens' meetings though.
I agree. That guy is crazy!
Pro Business

Leominster, MA

#12 Feb 8, 2012
Finally The Boutwell garage has been approved to become the new home for DJ's Classic Cars. They have been in town for many years, but I heard they will have a fight on their hands if the Adams family fights the move. I cant understand why they need to give everyone a hard time.I heard the owner of DJ's is gonna fight to keep his variance if they appeal the decision. I hope he gets to move. It would be nice to see the building back in use.

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