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#1 Feb 16, 2010
WOW, this is a shock, Rowlands voting against a prominent developer in Leominster. Let me bring back a news article from a while ago:
But yet in this next news article, Rowlands is all for bringing jobs to the area:
This article states:
"Ward 1 Councilor David Rowlands said he would vote in favor of the single tax rate because the city is in the process of rewriting the zoning ordinances, an effort he hopes will foster a better environment for industrial development and jobs."
Lets cut to the chase Davey-Boy, you mean to tell me that the other 7 councillors, the mayor, and Massachusetts Governor are all wrong, and you are right? If there was a problem with this site, don't you think other people would step forward and raise a flag or is there something else going on here that you do not want to talk about? Were you against developer James Xarras in his debacle of a development on Legate Hill or did you let that one slide on by?? And what a shock that Dombrowski is against this development, doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.......And what is this unrelated easement lawsuit about???
#2 Feb 17, 2010
By "prominent developer" did you actually mean to say "scumbag in bed with the Mayor?"
Where is he buying your pipe for this project, someone ask that on another Blog and hasn't heard a word back?
#3 Feb 17, 2010
I didn't vote for this petition because:
1. I don't support public money being used in private sector unless guaranteed sucess. If the jobs are not created will the money be returned? Past investment have not produced promised results at the federal, state, and city level.
2. How was this site chosen? People ask me, "How do I get the state to build a road on my property?". When Leominster's resources are used it should be an open process. Council should be invovled. That didn't happen here.
3. Site has a checkered past with regard to environment and too many unanswered questions. DEP was asked by city official on 1/25/10 if it was safe. They said to hire a consultant and LSP to make that determination. Test done by developer's LSP has too many "Limitations" (see other posts). I wouldn't invest my money without all questions regarding the environment answered and thus cannot invest someone else's money.
4. Disagree with residential element in industrial park, especially when it is in Sterling. Leominster has resources and responsibilites and Sterling has nothing, yet they are the big winner in terms of taxes. Where is Sterling in this partnership? Taxes should not be used to build infrastructure for apartment complex.
This isn't an issue of right or wrong. I wish the project success but I think it should be done with private money not tax payer money. Yes, that is a position that is different than Duval Patrick and 7 peers on the council. I have no problem with that.
In spite of all the conspiracy theory nonsense, the fact is I have never received a call or comment supporting use of taxpayer money for this project (other than develoer). I have received many calls and comments questioning the public investment in this project.
The idea that those citizens and taxpayers view doesn't count, and the sense of entitlement in the use of tax payer money to the point where questions cannot even be raised provides insight into how broken this process is in my view.
#4 Feb 17, 2010
It is DEVAL
#5 Mar 11, 2010
Soil cleanup is questioned
DEP probe clouds tech development
By Karen Nugent TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
LEOMINSTER — The proposed Southgate technology park off Route 12 on the Sterling line is under investigation by the state Department of Environmental Protection because contaminated soil allegedly removed by the previous owner is unaccounted for.
A March 3 letter to the City Council from Martin Suuberg, the agency's regional director, says while the most recent report from the current owners, James S. Whitney and Bary Cosimi of Leominster, shows contamination has been reduced significantly, but there is nothing documenting if or how soil was excavated and where it went.
The letter says past and current owners of the property are responsible for the cleanup, and "definitive information" must be provided to the DEP by those involved in the excavation and removal.
"To date, Mass DEP has not received this information, despite requests to multiple parties, including past and current owners," the letter says.
The land, at 1537 Central St., for years was a junkyard-recycling center and smelting operation.
Jet engines, circuit boards, wood pallets, transformers, batteries, ash slag, old Digital Equipment Corp. computers, tractor trailers and other items left there resulted in high levels of lead, cadmium and polychlorinated biphenyls in the soil.
A nearly 3-inch-thick 2001 environmental study done by Brown and Caldwell, environmental engineers, for an earlier prospective buyer, Waste Management Inc., found the high metal levels of lead, cadmium and PCBs in the soil, along with a dark oil-stained area of soil. The report contains dozens of pages of abnormal test results.
Also in 2001, DEP issued a notification of a release of PCBs and arsenic that posed a soil or groundwater threat from dumping, leaking and spills into soil. Cadmium and lead were also found above acceptable levels at that time.
In a Jan. 28, 2008, deposition given by Mr. Lukashuk as part of a civil case brought by David P. Bodanza, a Leominster lawyer, against Mr. Whitney, the Sterling Zoning Board of Appeals and others, Mr. Lukashuk said he gave the 2001 environmental report to Mr. Whitney. He also said he was told by Mr. Whitney's lawyer, Peter A. Campobasso of Leominster, that Mr. Whitney and Mr. Cosimi planned to remove the contaminated soil in an "unconventional manner."
Mr. Lukashuk, formerly of Maynard, said in the deposition that Mr. Whitney dumped contaminated soil off Legate Hill Road, across Route 12 from Southgate, in another of Mr. Whitney's projects.
"Well, they literally lugged it across the street," Mr. Lukashuk said in the deposition. He said he followed a truck up Legate Hill Road and saw soil dumped off Kate Road.
"And they tricked me - said we're going to clean it up by unconventional methods," he said in the deposition.
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