PEPPERELL -- Voters have approved a non-binding resolution opposing a planned quarry backfill project on Nashua Road.
Nearly 500 residents attended the Oct. 3 Special Town Meeting voted almost unanimously against the developer's concept to bring 55,000 truckloads of construction debris to the site. The meeting was the latest pushback by residents against the proposed, multi-year construction project.
The developers, MCGI, sent a scaled-down proposal to town officials in a letter dated Oct.1. Selectmen, in a letter dated Oct. 2, asked Zoning Officer Robert Kelly if the area under consideration, 161 Nashua Road, could be zoned as a "commercial dumping ground," as MCGI asserts.
Selectman Roland Nutter told the audience that MCGI did not submit to the town what the state Department of Environmental Protection deems a formal proposal.
"We don't see that our zoning allows this," Nutter said.
The town will be able to form a response to MCGI's plan once Kelly completes his review.
"We have a long ways to go on this," he said.
Only a few residents spoke on the resolution. One, Marcia Newell, questioned the environmental impact on the town.
"There's no idea of the number of trucks hauling in trash from soneone else's back yard," she said. "We don't want it."
Town residents also voted to put to a formal ballot the procurement of a used fire truck costing more than $1.4 million.
The binding resolution means that an official vote to purchase the equipment via Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion will occur at the next town election.