April 04, 2020

Officials to discuss landfill problems> Odor, litter complaints lead to meeting

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Town officials intend to meet next month with Joel and Cynthia Cyr, who spoke Monday about an odor and litter problem originating from the landfill, which is adjacent to their property.

The couple had asked for an abatement for 1993 and 1994 because of the conditions created by the landfill, but selectmen denied the request.

While Town Manager Owen Pratt admits there is an odor problem at times, he said Tuesday that he believed that some of the litter, smoke and dust problems mentioned by Joel Cyr were exaggerated.

Pratt said the landfill operation had greatly improved over the years and that problems that surfaced were quickly addressed. When neighbors complained about litter, town employees were dispatched to clean up the area, he said. In addressing the problems, Pratt said town officials attempt to do the prudent and responsible thing.

Cyr also was upset that the town had taken an option on additional property adjacent to the landfill. This property is being considered for a regional demolition debris landfill, if the test results on the land are favorable and residents approve its purchase. Cyr said while he and his wife were negotiating with the property owner for its purchase, the owner offered it to the town. He said he may try to block the sale of the land.

As for Cyr’s request for quarterly monitoring of his well, Pratt said his well was tested previously and no contamination was found. Cyr’s well is upgradient from the landfill.

Another well closer to the landfill was found to be contaminated and the property later was purchased by the town, although no guilt was admitted by the town. Bill Robinson, former solid waste and recycling director, said Tuesday that the well had been drilled too close to the landfill and was sucking up leachate from the landfill. Tests on that well, which is no longer in use, now show no contamination.

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