On Monday United Waste wrapped up it's testimony for the proposed transfer station on Main Street.
This session was moved down the hall to the High School cafeteria since a school function was taking place in the auditorium.
Questioning of the Nuisance control expert from the last session continued with the Board of Health's lawyer quickly entering the "land of anachronisms", as they put it. Details about dust control procedures, and remedies were asked. Some questions were also asked of bird hazard issues, and waste handling procedures. The Board of Health seemed satisfied that it received answers to all its questions.
The Hope group asked about the duties of the staff, and the usual questions of detailed operations of the facility, leading to the objections of United Waste's lawyer. An interesting question was asked if any shooting of nuisance birds would occur at the facility, the answer was a definite no. Hope's questioning did help clarify that the facility would not be responsible for items in the trash that should not be there. That responsibility goes to the source of the trash. You, Me, and the haulers that bring it to the facility.
United Waste's final witness was the traffic expert from the December 3rd session. He testified that United Waste is willing to improve 5 issues that are causing congestion in the I-391 intersections.
Hope had a very critical question that this witness did not seem to understand. His traffic model for the site is based on 100% of the regional traffic going to the facility via I-391. Regional being any traffic originating outside of Holyoke. Hope wanted to know how a truck from Easthampton would use I-391, and the traffic expert sounded very "not from here" in his response.
I really thought Hope had them on this one, but in redirect questioning from United Waste's lawyer it was made clear that the facility has the ability to require regional trucks take I-391 by contractual controls. So the expert only needed to know that all regional trucks would in fact be using I-391.
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