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Landsite gets excavation permit

ANTRIM — Following Thursday’s Planning Board meeting, Landsite Corp. can now move forward with plans to build a multi-use facility at 470 Clinton Rd., where the company will offer sand and gravel, cordwood, gravel excavation and Christmas trees.

The board approved an earth excavation permit for Landsite, which is owned by Scott and Kristina Burnside, that specifically approves the gravel excavation operation of the site.

“It allows me more flexibility to oversee what we’re doing and make sure we’re doing what we said we’re doing,” Scott Burnside said at the hearing.

With no one from the public in attendance, the main topic of discussion from the board revolved around a potential bond for the multi-use facility, in case the Burnsides abandoned it.

“[The bond] is there as an insurance policy for the town,” Vice Chair Jesse Lazar said.

Considering the number of businesses Antrim is losing, Planning and Select Board member Gordon Webber said the board should think about waiving the need to establish a bond.

“I don’t think it would be a good practice to stop bonding excavation sites,” Lazar said.

“We’re in a position that we should be trying to get businesses to locate to Antrim,” board member Steve MacDonald said.

The board voted to waive the need to establish a bond, with Lazar and board member Bob Holmes opposing the waiver.

Landsite received approval on three other permits related to the project in recent weeks.

They include a special exception for the gravel pit, a variance from the town’s sign size ordinance for a company road sign and a conditional use permit for an increase in impervious land above the allowable 2,500 square feet within the Town Aquifer District.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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