, Derry, New Hampshire

June 27, 2013

Dumpster Depot saga continues in Derry

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Neighbors continue to fight a proposal to bring Dumpster Depot to Ashleigh Drive.

After several public hearings, the Planning Board last week voted to continue discussing a proposal to bring Dumpster Depot to town.

Officials voted last week to take jurisdiction, but agreed to continue the plan until August.

That decision comes after Dumpster Depot representatives asked for more time to consider a lengthy list of conditions planners put on the plan.

Those conditions include more landscape buffers and operating hours. Other conditions include only empty Dumpsters allowed on site, no washing of Dumpsters on site, no outside repairs, no fueling on site, annual groundwater testing and pest control.

If approved, a 7,200-square-foot, two-story Dumpster Depot would be built in a part of town many officials are banking on for economic development.

The proposal calls for 3,200 square feet of office space and another 4,000 square feet for vehicle maintenance.

The main sticking point with many residents is the storage of up to 350 Dumpsters outside.

There have been ample opportunities for residents to voice their opinions — and they have. Last week, residents once again filled the municipal center’s meeting room to voice their opposition to Dumpster Depot.

Residents of Greenwich Road and Don Mac Drive said the facility would be too close to their homes, would be unsightly and would lower their property values.

Greenwich Road resident Brenda Wilson has been a regular at meetings and very outspoken about the plan.

“We live about 900 feet behind the property and I am the only home on Greenwich Road,” she told officials at an earlier meeting. “I won’t be able to go out my back deck without seeing orange Dumpsters.”

One major problem, Wilson said, would be a lack of a buffer between the Dumpsters and her neighborhood. Trees already have been cleared and Wilson said there is hardly anything separating her home from the potential Dumpster site.

Planning officials are taking residents’ concerns very seriously, Planning Director George Sioras said, since this is a major plan that affects not only the town’s economy, but also those living in the neighborhood.

“Buffering was the number one thing,” he said. “By reducing a lot of the tree buffer zone, that made a huge difference to the neighbors.”

Sioras said this may be one of the largest turnouts of residents speaking about a proposed project.

“And the Planning Board is sensitive to residents’ wishes,” he said.

The Dumpster Depot plan has been a major project, Sioras added, and everyone wants to make sure it’s done right.

By Aug. 21, Dumpster Depot owners should have more details in place to address the conditions for approval, Sioras said. At that time, the board could vote on the plan.