2008-10-23 / News

E-waste recycling coming to transfer station

By Sam Bari

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser reported at the Oct. 14 Town Council meeting that Director of Public Works Steve Goslee made arrangements with Cartridge World to place a 10-yard container at the transfer station to collect electronic waste.

As discussed at the Aug. 25 meeting, when Cartridge World presented their services to the Town Council for consideration, the company will accept computers, monitors, printers, and other electronic waste. Televisions up to 32-inches can be disposed of at a cost of $10 per unit.

The e-waste container was placed last week and is available to take e-waste. Look in this week's Press for an ad specifying the types of e-waste that will be collected.

Landfill closure

Town staff met Oct. 6 with GZA Geo Environmental, Inc., of Providence, the firm contracted to handle the landfill closure, to review the proposed Landfill Closure Design Plan.

Based on the discussion, all in attendance agreed that additional modifications to the storm water controls on the upper landfill could be made to further limit storm water flow during major rain events.

To incorporate the changes into the final design plan, the public hearing on the plan has been postponed until Oct. 27, the Town Administrator said.

Keiser last reported that the town expected to obtain up to 6,000 cubic yards of soil from a construction site on East Shore Road to be used as cover material for the closure. Through the cooperation of the property owner and contractor, the town has been able to truck twice that amount and has met the town's needs for cover material. To date, all test results of soil samples are in compliance with environmental standards for the proposed use.

Hull Cove

In another matter, Councilman Robert Sutton suggested that the town seriously consider a letter from Hull Cove resident Varoujan Karentz. The letter concerned the deterioration of the area over time.

Karentz, who has been a Hull Cove resident for more than 20 years, said the "ecological shoreline condition is worn out. Over the past 12 years it (Hull Cove) has been misused and overused. Excepting migrating fish, it is now void of its previous abundant habitat of aquatic tide-line marine life." The letter said that clams and scallops have long disappeared, as have the mussels. Visitors to the beach area, often three or four abreast, have walked the shoreline at low tide carrying 5-gallon buckets and methodically stripped the beach and rocks both on and below the water of anything that appeared edible.

Karentz compared the area to the Dead Sea and blamed the Conservation Commission for closing its eyes and not living up to its charter of protecting and saving the fragile island environment. He suggested that the Town Council direct the Conservation Commission to consult with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to consider closing Hull Cove to public access to allow the area to recover.

Sutton suggested that the Town Administrator visit the area and assess the situation. Town Council President Julio DiGiando said that Sheffield Cove, the area across the road from Mackerel Cove, was closed during the summer for the same reason. Sutton agreed that Hull Cove might need a rest.

Keiser said that he would look into the matter and discuss it further with the council.

In other business, the council unanimously agreed to a joint work session with the School Committee on Oct. 30 at a place to be determined. The Town Council and the School Committee agreed after the last budget session to meet from time to time to work together to discuss budget, school policy and needs, and establish better communication.

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