Derry Conservation Commission chair: Too late to change Dumpster Depot decision
Margaret Ives said members were told earlier this year by representatives of Dumpster Depot that the business would have only empty Dumpsters at the site on Ashleigh Drive. But under a proposal later approved with conditions by the Planning Board on Aug. 21, the business is allowed to have full Dumpsters.
The decision by the Planning Board allows the business to have full Dumpsters left at the facility for 24 hours on weekdays and 36 hours on weekends.
Conservation Commission member Paul Doolittle brought up the issue during a Town Council meeting on Sept. 17. Doolittle said he felt deceived after hearing from the representatives that there wouldn’t be any full Dumpsters on site.
But even though they might have reached a different decision in June had they known about the full Dumpsters, there isn’t anything commissioners can do as the deadline for taking additional action has passed, Ives said during Monday’s meeting.
“We are not making that mistake again; we are going to do a site review on every property that comes before us,” Ives said.
In the Aug. 21 meeting, the Planning Board voted, 5-2, to approve the proposal that calls for the construction of a two-story, 7,200-square-foot building with outside space for 350 Dumpsters. Planning Board members Al Dimmock and Ann Marie Alongi voted against the plan. Dimmock is the Town Council’s liaison to the Planning Board.
Dumpster Depot owner David Paul has said he understands residents living near the proposed facility don’t want it in their back yard, but that it is allowed in the industrial-zoned section. Paul said last month that he has gone through the legal process, and the plan was approved and passed all regulations.