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Dumpster Depot to mull 'very difficult' conditions

Union Leader Correspondent

June 28. 2013 12:19AM

The Derry Planning Board has laid out a number of conditions for the possible approval of the controversial Dumpster Depot site plan on Ashleigh Drive, but owner David Paul wants some time to mull over several of those conditions before the board takes a final vote on the project.

Paul is looking to move the main headquarters of his business from Manchester to Derry. The proposal includes the construction of a two-story, 7,200-square-foot building with outside space for 350 Dumpsters that will be rented out to individuals and contracting companies.

During several public meetings on the project, abutters have raised concerns about noise, hazardous materials and the potential for mosquito breeding as a result of the project.

During the most recent Planning Board hearing on the proposal, a number of conditions for the project were laid out revolving around hours of operation, mosquito and rodent control, soil and water testing, building a fence around a retention pond, and not allowing trash on the site.

The engineer for the project, Chris Tymula, said his client would likely agree to the conditions with the exception of annual groundwater testing for hazardous materials and allowing only empty Dumpsters on the property.

"Only having empty Dumpsters on site is almost a deal killer for my client," said Tymula. He noted that the state Department of Environmental Services considers the Dumpster Depot a trash-hauling business and allows for up to 150 cubic yards of trash to remain on site for up to four days.

"We are taking every precaution necessary to make sure the Dumpsters are covered and also shielded with an overhead canopy," said Tymula. "That is a very difficult condition."

Tymula also said that both the DES and the town's Department of Public Works have stated that there is not a need for groundwater testing on the property.

Planning Board member Al Dimmock said he had concerns because he considers Dumpster Depot to be more of a landfill or transfer station, and therefore not allowed in the town's Industrial 3 zone.

Tymula stated that the business is considered a contractor yard or truck-hauling facility and is allowed under the zoning.

"My client would like to do what he is legally allowed to do as a contractor's yard," said Tymula.

The Planning Board agreed to continue the site plan to its Aug. 21 meeting to give Paul time to decide whether he wants to move forward with the project and to give the board time to properly write up all the proposed conditions for approval.

Town Administrator John Anderson said he is not looking to budge from the condition to keep trash off the property.

"Our job is to protect the town of Derry, and in case you didn't notice, there is a bit of a public relations nightmare. And without (the conditions), this probably doesn't pass," said Anderson. "As for the empty Dumpsters, you can tell me in all the ways that the state allows it, but I don't want it there; I never want trash there. As the town administrator, I'm going to keep that condition in there, and if it's a condition that makes your client look at another location, I can't control that."

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