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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 LINCOLN 15 Cumberland have been the target of numerous complaints by those who buy his homes and abutters to the developments. Solicitor Anthony DeSisto, who said burning on the site was not permitted under the town's regula- tions and was "creating a public safety issue for the town and a pub- lic health hazard with the smoke," raised the issue at the meeting. "It's not just an issue for the neighbors, it's the town. I thought it appropri- ate to address this with the owner here." Though a number of abutters were prepared to speak about the project during last week's Planning meeting, they were not permitted to do so. Ed Perry, the abutter who called the Fire Department last week, told The Breeze he was concerned for the two young children playing near an unattended pit. "The two firefighters reported a smell of sulfur and were concerned about the situation. I've been told that workers on site were instructed to burn any debris from the devel- opment that could be burned, that way the dumpster didn't have to be emptied as often, saving money, yet causing a very dangerous situation," Perry said. McKee's attorney Nicole Martucci, representing Michael Kelly's law office, said the Fire Department contacted McKee to alert him of the burning, and "as soon as he found out, he took action. This was a single incident. There is really no threat of it happening in the future." "It's been happening nonstop," responded neighbor Cindy St. Jaques. "It has not been a single incident." When board member Gerald Olean questioned whether policing the open burning was the responsi- bility of the Planning Board, DeSisto said he wanted the board to be aware of the issue. "There is nothing you can do to enforce it, but there are things you can do to ensure that it doesn't hap- pen in the future. That's what the Planning Board is all about … plan- ning for the future," he said. Abutters to the project have also complained about the impact of blasting, as well as alleged flooding conditions related to the construc- tion. The lack of property markers delineating the development was another of their concerns. McKee's 3.72-acre property is abutted by 6.62 acres of town-owned conserva- tion land. In a letter to the town, St. Jacques, who lives on Rhode Island Avenue, cited a number of concerns, includ- ing flooding, noting that one McKee-owned property creates a run-off that leads into the backyard of an existing home. St. Jaques said her primary con- cern isdamage to her vehicle due to an excessive amount of dust and dirt under the hood. She sais she's afraid the well on her land might also be impacted. Perry agreed that dust control isa major concern, in addition to the lack of property stakes and runoff issues. "I feel we have been lied to. The setbacks have not been dealt with, shortcuts are being taken, and there are major safety concerns. These conditions will only contin- ue," he said. St. Jacques also expressed frustra- tion with jack-hammering related to the project, adding that it feels like an earthquake hitting her house. "This is wrong. My property should not be subjected to this. Our neighborhood properties should not be subjected to what we have had to endure," she said. "How many more residents, good people, taxpayers, and veterans like myself, have to be put through this unwanted torture?" As a condition of master plan approval, all blasting and hammer- ing has to be done between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., excluding week- ends and holidays. BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Abutters to an extention of ROCKYROAD AVENUE by Jim McKee's Terrapin Development are largely opposed to the project. ABUTTERS From Page One

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