Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said the town has no plans to sue Holbrook to stop a trash transfer station, but that could change.
BRAINTREE – Mayor Joseph Sullivan said the town will support Randolph in a legal challenge to a proposed trash transfer station in Holbrook.
Sullivan said the town has no plans to sue Holbrook in an attempt to stop the transfer station as of right now, as Randolph has pledged to do.
“Plans can change,” he said.
He said the town is prepared to assist Randolph in the effort.
“We are aligned with Randolph.” the maor mayor said.
The Holbrook Board of Health last month approved an application from TLA-Holbrook for a 1,000 tons-per-day trash transfer station on Phillips Street, a short distance from the Randolph town line and close to the Randolph-Holbrook commuter rail station. In August, state environmental officials determined the site is suitable for the transfer station.
Additional approvals are still needed from other Holbrook boards and state officials, and Sullivan estimates it will take three to five years before the treatment plant could be in operation.
No suit has been filed as of yet by Randolph, and town officials have strongly opposed the treatmenttransfer station.
“Randolph, from the beginning, has fought this proposal to protect the quality of life for its residents,” Randolph Town Manager David Murphy said. “Working with residents in Holbrook and Braintree, we have voiced our concerns and opposition along every step of the way. This is an ill-conceived plan for the people of Randolph and Holbrook which will have negative impacts on both communities.”
Holbrook officials have backed the project, citing its economic benefits,
Sullivan said he has offered Holbrook officials the opportunity to dispose of their trash and recyclables at the Braintree transfer station, which is operating under capacity, but he has not received a response.
“If they view this as economic development, it is going to be difficult to talk them out of it,” Sullivan said.
He said the final decision on the transfer station will be made by the marketplace.
Murphy said Randolph “will continue to oppose this plan to turn Holbrook into a trash dump at every step of the way.”
Randolph was a party at the Holbrook health board hearings on the transfer station, along with a group of residents and the owners of the Lynwood Cafe in Randolph.
Sullivan said the town has been talking with state highway officials about discuss truck restrictions on South Street, one of the main roadways to the proposed transfer station site. They could ban all trucks on South Street or trucks over a certain size.
“The volume of truck traffic needs to be reduced or eliminated,” he said.
A meeting is planned for next month, the mayor said.
The Braintree portion of South Street is residential and includes the campus of CATS Academy and the Highlands playground. Across the town line in Holbrook, the street runs through an industrial area.
Mike Barbuto, a South Street resident, said there are too many trucks using the road right now, and the proposed transfer station would only add to the number.
“I’m tired of it,” Barbuto told the town council Tuesday night. “If you want to see trucks, come to South Street.
District 1 Town Councilor Charles Kokoros, who chairs the council’s traffic safety committee, said he believes the street meets the requirements for the truck exclusions.
Sullivan said the town is also looking at the possibility of adding a traffic light at the intersection of Washington and South streets.