Eli Laverdiere
Eli Laverdiere

This is why our taxes ar so high. Vote yes! Bring in more business to uxbridge !

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Eli Laverdiere

Thanks for your opinion... that is exactly why I started this petition.... we need to get the Uxbridge Town Residents talking about this... so thank you for your response and interest!
I am not so sure that the approximately and high ended quote of $100,000 to the town that was stated (at least for the first year, not sure about the following years ) will be enough to cover the repairs on the roads, and upkeep of the roads with at minimum 30 more asphalt trucks quite possibly coming through...

Thanks for your opinion... that is exactly why I started this petition.... we need to get the Uxbridge Town Residents talking about this... so thank you for your response and interest!
I am not so sure that the approximately and high ended quote of $100,000 to the town that was stated (at least for the first year, not sure about the following years ) will be enough to cover the repairs on the roads, and upkeep of the roads with at minimum 30 more asphalt trucks quite possibly coming through town.... also it will offer 5 jobs at the maximum SEASONALLY to the town.... 3 jobs are already taken... And in MA manufacturers equipment is considered personal property so this equipment will not be taxed in a manner that it will benefit the town.
I am also not sure if the tax benefit is going to outweigh the potential health risks and environmental concerns as we all have well water here in South Uxbridge. I am a tax payer here is Uxbridge... and I would rather pay the tax rate that I have now than breathe in toxins and smell asphalt outside the house in the yard that I pay taxes on.... and yes I know that they claim there will be a low level of toxins and that this will be "treated" so that the asphalt doesn't smell... Forgive me if I am extremely cynical about this and actually question it... low levels of toxins in our air and water are NOT acceptable!
SO I am more than happy to have more business in the town of Uxbridge... I just think that this particular proposal to the town REALLY NEEDS TO BE THOUGHT ABOUT CAREFULLY SO we can all make an informed decision about what is best for the Uxbridge Town Residents.

Robin Desruisseaux
Robin Desruisseaux
  • Eli Laverdiere

Your right Eli we need business in Uxbridge!! Not sure why the people in this town are so against it??

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Eli Laverdiere

Thank you for taking the time to comment... I am so happy that people are talking about this! :)

Eli Laverdiere
Eli Laverdiere
  • Eli Laverdiere

Jen your wood stove gives out more toxins than this would. This will bring in 30+ jobs to uxbridge. The road is not a town road it is a state road. With 30+ truck a day comes with fuel, food witch will be bought in town (more income in South Uxbridge) and we all know south needs it.

Erica Chick
Erica Chick
  • Eli Laverdiere

While it might bring 30+ jobs, Jen says only 5 jobs, how many of those jobs will be given to those living in Uxbridge? There's no guarantee. I agree that Uxbridge needs more business, but why a business like that? Why not another Fuzzy Grape? Both are equally toxic.

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Jennifer Gallo

This is the same Town Manager who stated:
1. On 12/17/12 that the Uxbridge residents removed this Bylaw in Nov 2011 at the Town Meeting when we voted to change the definition of Manufacturing in our town.
2. Who said on 12/17/12 after we as residents were NOT allowed to speak at a citizens forum and I quote "it is not the Town Officials job to spoon feed the Uxbridge residents information about Bylaw changes".
3. This man gets paid over $100,000 a year by the town to have a 4 day work...

This is the same Town Manager who stated:
1. On 12/17/12 that the Uxbridge residents removed this Bylaw in Nov 2011 at the Town Meeting when we voted to change the definition of Manufacturing in our town.
2. Who said on 12/17/12 after we as residents were NOT allowed to speak at a citizens forum and I quote "it is not the Town Officials job to spoon feed the Uxbridge residents information about Bylaw changes".
3. This man gets paid over $100,000 a year by the town to have a 4 day work week and allow an absolute circus to go on in the Uxbridge Town Hall.... Lets have him stop blaming Uxbridge Residents and have him take accountability for his lack of management skills.
4. His contract is up with the town of Uxbridge in March 2013... I think we need a NEW TOWN MANAGER... anyone?
I WANT TO SEE THIS INFORMATION FROM OUR TOWN LAWYER IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT NOT A PHONE CONVERSATION...

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Jennifer Gallo

This was posted on the Telegram and Gazette Website under comments under the above story link from today
To be fair to all I wanted to share this with you...
And it appears that I was incorrect in saying that the Town Manager makes $100,000 a year.... I do truly apologize for that and I stand corrected on that point alone.... and only that point the rest of what I said is truthful and again my opinion (as a disclaimer) ....

For all you fact checkers out there, here's what I have found out:

This was posted on the Telegram and Gazette Website under comments under the above story link from today
To be fair to all I wanted to share this with you...
And it appears that I was incorrect in saying that the Town Manager makes $100,000 a year.... I do truly apologize for that and I stand corrected on that point alone.... and only that point the rest of what I said is truthful and again my opinion (as a disclaimer) ....

For all you fact checkers out there, here's what I have found out:

FACT: In 1995, Town Meeting enacted a bylaw prohibiting asphalt manufacturing. Unfortunately, this bylaw seems to have never been added to the written version of the zoning bylaws.

FACT: In 2008, Town Meeting voted to accept recodified and revised zoning bylaws, which did not include the 1995 bylaw, which had been omitted from previous codifications. This action effectively repealed the 1995 bylaw. No citizen challenged any of the revisions, including the omission of the 1995 bylaw, either before TM vote, or after, during the statutory appeal period.

FACT: In 2011, Town Meeting voted to amend the zoning use table, allowing manufacturing in an industrial zone. Town Meeting also approved the addition of the definition of the word "manufacturing" to the zoning bylaws. No citizen challenged the validity of the amendments to the zoning bylaws, either prior to TM or after.

FACT: In 2012, a developer proposes a plan to put an asphalt manufacturing plant in Uxbridge. Residents in the area of the plant decry the fact that the 1995 bylaw, which no longer exists, is being ignored. Emotions run high, conspiracy theories are posited, and words spill from lips and pens/keyboards, many unfiltered by reason.

Where was our outrage in 2008 and 2011? Perhaps we DO need to be spoon-fed information from the Town, from time to time. Don't we, as residents, bear some responsibility here? We seem to have missed a couple of opportunities.

Finally, off the topic, but relevant, since we're checking facts:

FACT: According to the Town Manager's employment agreement, which I requested and received, he was paid $80,000 in his first year and got a 2% raise in his second, bringing his salary to a little under $82,000.

If we keep our allegations factual and our thoughts critical ("keep it real," as my kids would say), we might get somewhere here....

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

I find this a bit premature... Since the Planning Board has not awarded the special permit yet... Don't you?
http://epa-sites.findthedata.org/m/l/269488/Blackstone-Asphalt

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Jennifer Gallo

Please disregard the above post (only)... in more searching even though this site above listed Quaker Hwy as an address... I was finally able to find a document with the actual street address on it... 533 Quaker Hwy... this was the asphalt plant that was proposed and fought in 1995.

Alison Caron Clish
Alison Caron Clish

Thank you so much for all your hard work and standing out in the cold today!!

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Alison Caron Clish

:)

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

I truly want to let Uxbridge residents know that we are not questioning and/ or fighting this permit proposal merely because we do not want it (the asphalt plant) in our back yard… or just because we do not like it… It is SO much more than those things….
There are many questions that need answers in regards to this proposal that are way more important than the two petty reasons stated above, here are just a few:

1. What are the health risks to the new High School and to the students...

I truly want to let Uxbridge residents know that we are not questioning and/ or fighting this permit proposal merely because we do not want it (the asphalt plant) in our back yard… or just because we do not like it… It is SO much more than those things….
There are many questions that need answers in regards to this proposal that are way more important than the two petty reasons stated above, here are just a few:

1. What are the health risks to the new High School and to the students playing on the fields and running by this plant on Quaker Hwy? What will the repercussions to these students be down the road 5, 10,20 years from now?
2. What are the environmental risks of our well water, BOTH private wells and town water, being contaminated… and since there will be no monitoring-- how will we even know? There is a town well site less than one mile from the proposed asphalt site and the town aquifers are also very nearby….
3. What are the risks if there is a catastrophe? Are we as a town prepared for this? For example if a fire at this plant occurs, which is near and will be connected to nearby natural gas lines…or What do we do if a liquid asphalt delivery truck has a spill… foam is needed for this… what are the contingency plans?
4. An independent toxicology review of the entire proposal based on the maximum output of this plant should be done to examine the emission chemicals made in the manufacturing of asphalt (albeit if they are within “approved levels” they are still toxins) which are being emitted from this plant when it is making 300,000 tons of asphalt a year (which is what the DEP has okayed in their report). This should be done with the close proximity of the new High School to ensure that our children will be safe for years to come….
5. What will the cost to the town truly be? What are the risks and what are the benefits? We as concerned residents are asking for a thorough and independent evaluation of the above concerns, in addition to others….
6. What part did some of our Town Officials play in arranging/ supporting the changes and slowly modifying our bylaws over the past 5 years? I truly believe that we all want to think that everyone was looking out for the Town of Uxbridge, and as we naively thought as a town that these officials were looking out for the Town of Uxbridge it dreadfully appears to not be the case in multiple instances… We need to hold these officials accountable for their actions or lack of action… we need to remove the wrong people from these positions, and we need to elect the appropriate people into our local town government… people who can be objective and responsible with no hidden personal agendas.

ALSO I believe that the strength of the “DEP approval” needs to be put into perspective since the Planning Board and our Town Manager are placing a lot of emphasis on this approval… this was an approval by ONLY ONE of the branches of the DEP---- air quality--- IT IS NOT APPROVAL for this project BY THE ENTIRE DEP!

I spoke with the DEP today… and I questioned the claim that our town officials must pass this permit proposal or the town will be sued… this was not confirmed and this statement was actually questioned by the DEP today on my phone call… If this was actually the case then why have a special permit process at all? This would mean that anyone for any project could get a portion of their DEP proposal okayed and that then the Planning Board Members would be obligated and essentially extorted to award a special permit to anyone that applied with the same criteria….
What validity does this claim have? Or is this merely another tactic or empty statement by the Planning Board to justify the approval of the special permit for Evergreen Development?

We have had the 1995 Bylaw issue reviewed and a lawyer has drafted and submitted a letter which was received by the town officials/ boards and the town legal council on Dec. 31, 2012… stating that the Bylaw prohibiting asphalt plants, manufacturing of asphalt, etc… is still in effect and should be upheld legally!

As I said in our phone call tonight this is a multi-faceted issue that I believe every resident should at least evaluate for themselves and make their own decision about the current situation. I urge all of the Uxbridge Town Residents… Please review all of the information… not just from the Planning Board, not just from Evergreen Development, and not just from me or the other concerned citizens of Uxbridge…. But to really look at all of the information and concerns, and make an educated decision based on facts and not hearsay.

Melissa Kling
Melissa Kling
  • Jennifer Gallo

I hope our town pulls it together to get this issue off the table for good!!

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

Another very interesting fact that Uxbridge town residents need to be aware of is that Zoning Board Appeals member Stephen O'Connell is also the engineer for Evergreen Development and spoke at the 12/12/12 proposal meeting as the engineer for this project. He is also on the Storm Water Committee and this project has to have a storm water plan.
CAN WE SAY HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST?

Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker
  • Jennifer Gallo

He was on the bylaw committee and was instrumental in getting the bylaw "codification" through. It was more than a codification it was a major rewrite and people of Uxbridge got hoodwinked. Big time conflict of interest, he should resign from the ZBA and not go before the other boards. Someone should contact the state ethics commission!

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

Melissa Kling
3 hours ago via mobile ·.
Do you want your kids sitting for four years in high school less than a mile from the asphalt plant breathing it in ALL day? Playing on the football field, running and taking deep breaths of ASPHALT toxins? SPREAD the word to all Uxbridge residents! Call the Uxbridge Town Planning Board at 508-278-8600, ext 2013 and leave a message with your name and address saying you want them ti VOTE NO on January 9, 2013, to the proposal for a special permit by...

Melissa Kling
3 hours ago via mobile ·.
Do you want your kids sitting for four years in high school less than a mile from the asphalt plant breathing it in ALL day? Playing on the football field, running and taking deep breaths of ASPHALT toxins? SPREAD the word to all Uxbridge residents! Call the Uxbridge Town Planning Board at 508-278-8600, ext 2013 and leave a message with your name and address saying you want them ti VOTE NO on January 9, 2013, to the proposal for a special permit by Evergreen Development to establish an ASPHALT manufacturing plant (concrete drum mixer) at 585 Quaker Hwy, Uxbridge, MA. This is less than ONE mile down the street from our new Uxbridge High School. There is no town vote to wait for..... They are voting to give them the permit on January 9th! Stop waiting! Spread the word! Leave a phone message! Do not let them make this decision for our town!

Erica Chick
Erica Chick
  • Jennifer Gallo

Do you know which type of asphalt and what chemical they'll use to cover the smell? While typically asphalt plants don't pose a threat, except to those that work in it, children are more susceptible to sensitivity to the fumes. I'm wondering, if the children in the school become sensitive (headaches, dizziness, etc.) and have reactions, will the town or plant cover the cost of their doctor bills...or the cost of them attending another school? And I'm wondering...if the fumes will be...

Do you know which type of asphalt and what chemical they'll use to cover the smell? While typically asphalt plants don't pose a threat, except to those that work in it, children are more susceptible to sensitivity to the fumes. I'm wondering, if the children in the school become sensitive (headaches, dizziness, etc.) and have reactions, will the town or plant cover the cost of their doctor bills...or the cost of them attending another school? And I'm wondering...if the fumes will be treated so you can't smell them, that's all fine and good, but those chemicals that are released will still be airborne, yes? While asphalt itself is not made of chemicals, chemicals are released when it's heated - VOC's, Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur, PAH's, etc. I don't think the potential risks outweigh the benefits. If the builder turns the land into a 2-family, as someone mentioned, that will bring money to the schools, it doesn't actually take away money...additional students get the school state and federal funds. The funds do not come away from the existing funds in the school.

Eli Laverdiere
Eli Laverdiere

#1 Is bring business to town, #2 if the owner of the land can't do this he will rebuild the two family and with new kids coming to town will cost the town about 48,000 a year. #3 with this new business coming to town about a 3 mil investment that means the town will get about $80,000 - $90,000 a year. To make asphalt you do not use chemicals . Look at the one in Millbury next to homes and it doesn't stick . Bring it in we need!

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill
  • Eli Laverdiere

$80,000-$90,000 is peanuts. That's roughly $12 a year for each taxpaying citizen. Or $1 per month or $0.25 per week if I want to act like a car salesman to prove how cheap it actually is.

Uxbridge needs to focusing on at least attempting to build business that attract people to town that can afford slightly higher taxes. By making it even more of a dump, it just scares them away. Forever creating a cycle of no significant business growth. Poor development including construction crews...

$80,000-$90,000 is peanuts. That's roughly $12 a year for each taxpaying citizen. Or $1 per month or $0.25 per week if I want to act like a car salesman to prove how cheap it actually is.

Uxbridge needs to focusing on at least attempting to build business that attract people to town that can afford slightly higher taxes. By making it even more of a dump, it just scares them away. Forever creating a cycle of no significant business growth. Poor development including construction crews designing roads going every which way- which no one seems to care because right now the town has sanctions implemented against builders limiting them to a low amount of new construction each year. But eventually everyone will realize town town has run out of room to grow and businesses will perpetually continue to avoid coming to town.

The town is going to have an endless cycle of bad decision making. It's just going to run itself into the ground again in 25 years until the kids growing up today don't want to/ can't afford to have an increase in tax when their kids need a new school.

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO DEMAND THAT THE UXBRIDGE PLANNING BOARD VOTES NO AND DENIES THE PROPOSAL FOR A SPECIAL PERMIT TO ALLOW AN ASPHALT PLANT IN THE TOWN OF UXBRIDGE ON JANUARY 9, 2013.

Jennifer Gallo
Jennifer Gallo
  • Jennifer Gallo

I know that this is a little wordy.... but please read why you should sign this petition!!! Thank you!

Lauren Steele
Lauren Steele

Don't let this slip under the radar. This proposed manufacturing site is less than a mile from our brand new high school! Uxbridge residents need to take a hard look at ALL of the facts before making a decision on this. Voting in favor of this in order to gain a few more tax dollars that go right back out the door in the form of new town maintenance expenses or loss of future tax revenue is not a smart decision. Also, we are trying to get kids to stay in Uxbridge to attend school, and...

Don't let this slip under the radar. This proposed manufacturing site is less than a mile from our brand new high school! Uxbridge residents need to take a hard look at ALL of the facts before making a decision on this. Voting in favor of this in order to gain a few more tax dollars that go right back out the door in the form of new town maintenance expenses or loss of future tax revenue is not a smart decision. Also, we are trying to get kids to stay in Uxbridge to attend school, and hopefully entice others to come into the system to reduce the huge school choice out expense that the town is currently paying. As a parent, I don't find the statement that "toxins released into the environment will be low" to be all that reassuring. We are being bombarded by "low levels" of toxins every single day already, in the air, the water, the clothes that we wear, the food that we eat, etc. As far as I'm concerned, low + low + low + low + low= pretty damn high!

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