A Hall Road junkyard owner got a permit to operate from the Town Council this week, more than a month after abutters complained that the operation was not complying with noise and view restrictions.

Murray's Auto Recycling owner Ed Dudek agreed to cover a section of fence to block the view of the junkyard and erect fencing in another location, Council Chairman Joe Paradis said.

Dudek agreed to operate his business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and open an hour later on Saturday with the understanding that a large crushing machine will arrive to the yard at 7 a.m. once every six weeks, Paradis said.

Other local junkyards received permits earlier this year, but the council delayed on Dudek's due to complaints from neighbors Claudet Adams and her husband, and Richard Bielinski.

Paradis said Dudek's business is grandfathered, meaning it is allowed to operate under a prior agreement with the town. The neighbors and business owner need to get along and seek compromise, he said.

Paradis said environmental monitoring at the site did not come up during the permit hearing. Those issues will likely be addressed by the Planning Board.

The state Department of Environmental Services has monitoring wells at the site that have had tested for high levels of MtBE, a gasoline additive that is a suspected carcinogen.

In January, the Zoning Board granted Dudek a variance for a 4,000-square-foot building in a conservation overlay district, saying the plan might have problems, but is justified by its environmental advantages.

Dudek wants to remove a building and pad to clean the soil beneath before he puts up another structure for recycling automobiles indoors. In the past the operation has recycled vehicles outside.

Bielinski maintained that the panel should have rejected the variance because it expands a nonconforming use.

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