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Jaffrey residents voice opposition to potential construction and demolition waste changes

  • Jaffrey Select Board chair James “Cush” Moore spoke during Thursday’s candidates night about a warrant article that would give the selectmen authority to utilize outside scale and disposal services for the town’s construction and demolition waste. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 05, 2018

A number of Jaffrey residents voiced opposition Thursday to a warrant article that would give the selectmen authority to utilize outside scale and disposal services for the town’s construction and demolition waste.

Discussion on the warrant article was broached during the warrant article review of Thursday’s candidate’s night. 

“Throwing away trash is a privilege I have, I’ll be damned if I’m going to let you take that away,” said resident Bill Driscoll, who called the warrant article a “power grab” on the part of the selectmen.

Driscoll said he was also concerned that this could be the first step in the town moving to a pay as you throw (PAYT) system, which would charge people based on how much and what type of waste is thrown away at the transfer station. 

The warrant article aims to add a sentence to the town’s transfer station/recycling ordinance, allowing the selectmen to “utilize scale and disposal services from outside sources for the disposition of construction and demotion waste” to “recover or defer costs incurred by the town.”

“The Jaffrey transfer station is being abused by people from all towns around us,” said Selectmen James “Cush” Moore. 

Many who spoke to the warrant article on Thursday were against the concept of moving construction and demolition waste elsewhere and called for a manager and/or to have an employee to sit in a kiosk at the transfer station’s entrance to ensure that people from other towns weren’t bringing their trash in. 

“The people working there can’t keep track of everyone, they are doing other things to keep everything looking good.” said resident John Stone. “I don’t want people from other towns going in.”

The article will be up for a vote on the official town ballot on March 13. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.