Exeter group to work up plan to comply with state DES
The town of Exeter and members of the Exeter Sportsman's Club are trying to work out a cleanup plan for the town property used by the club. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
At a board meeting Monday, selectmen voted unanimously to form a subcommittee to develop a proposal outlining how the work will be done and who will be responsible.
The work will involve the removal of clay targets and contaminated top soil from an old trap shooting range at the site off Portsmouth Avenue.
Deciding how to share the responsibilities for the cleanup, the construction of the berm, and the costs associated with the project has proved challenging because the town owns the property and leases it to the club under a long-term agreement.
While tests showed the soil where the clay targets are located contains lead and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, a chemical compound that has been identified as carcinogenic, further testing found no groundwater contamination, according to a report by URS, the firm hired for the testing.Selectman Dan Chartrand recommended forming the subcommittee with representatives from the board of selectmen, the neighborhood, and the club, along with Town Manager Russ Dean and Assistant Fire Chief Ken Berkenbush.
Berkenbush told selectmen the town should pay for the removal of the clay targets, which would cost about $3,500, and the $4,000 for soil testing done at the site.
"I don't think we should be involved in berm building at all. We don't have the expertise in that," he said.
"We're open to any responsible suggestions because the neighbors want the berm built, we want the berm built, you want the berm built, so we're tripping over chalk marks it seems to me and we need to get some kind of group together to hammer out the details," he said.
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