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AYER — Residents Edmund and Margaret Staples plan to repair their privately-owned roadway, Wagon Road, but their plans require removing a portion of wetlands. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires that the applicant replicate the wetlands elsewhere.

The Staples attended the May 24 Conservation Commission meeting to discuss several possible sites for wetland replication, but they and the commission agreed there are few possibilities.

The best location is a nearby town-owned lot, which requires the Staples to gain permission to use the location for wetland replication from town administrator Shaun Suhoski.

“I understand that this may be a somewhat tough sell, but it’s worth a shot,” said commission Chairman William Daniels. Doing so will be a show of good faith when speaking to the DEP regarding the wetland replication issue, he said.

The hearing was continued to June 14. — Richard Breyer