PLYMPTON- Monday, June 19, Plympton Selectmen further discussed Carver “urban redevelopment” plans. They also held a hearing regarding Jeff Randall’s gravel permit, and other businesses.
Traynor takes the lead liaising with Carver politicians
With a development on the Carver/Plympton line moving forward, and Plympton residents to be affected, some even with eminent domain seizure of parts of their properties, newly-elected Selectman John Traynor has taken the lead in liaising with Carver officials.
Traynor told the board that his meeting with Carver Selectman Alan Dunham, Carver Town Administrator Michael Milanoski, and Carver Redevelopment Authority member William Sinclair was productive, albeit chilly in tone at first.
Although no concrete measures were agreed on, according to Traynor the officials were receptive to Plympton’s concerns– to some extent.
Many of the suggestions that Plympton residents have come up with to avoid traffic and eminent domain concerns were shut down entirely– for example using an on/off ramp from Route 44 for traffic– as that would necessarily encroach into Middleboro.
The Board’s strategy at this point is to work cooperatively with Carver officials to minimize the impact of the development on Plympton abutters and neighbors in order to protect their interests. It still isn’t clear what more the Board can do to assist residents at this time.
Gravel Permit hearing, or something else?
Jeff Randall, who has variously proposed building a medical marijuana grow facility and a Chapter 40(B) development on his Ring Road farm, also operates several other businesses from his property, including several cranberry bogs, a gravel removal business and a composting operation whereby horses he boards produce manure that is then mixed with dirt to produce compost.
According to officials, there has been a recent uptick in complaints regarding truck traffic to and from this property. Randall’s gravel permit restricts the amount of truck traffic to a specific time period – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For that permit, which he says he accidently let lapse for several months but that the town offered him a renewal, a particular map was attached. Due to a possible clerical error, it may or may not have been the most recent property plan.
Once this matter was settled, the hearing pivoted to his composting business.
Randall says he does not need to be licensed for his composting business, so his trucks can run at all hours. As a courtesy to his neighbors, he said he was willing to restrict his trucks to operating from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Randall, supposedly there to explain himself to the Board for operating outside the hours of his permit, was explaining the rules to the Selectmen, not the other way around, and Selectman Christine Joy stated she wasn’t sure the Board had the authority to limit Randall’s composting business.
A resident in the audience mumbled, “What are we even talking about?”
Then Joy pivoted again, and stated that the Board was trying to determine whether the farm was actually a farm or a “contractor’s yard.” When asked what a contractor’s yard was, the answer was more in what it was not– an industrial property that isn’t allowed in a residential zone.
It is not apparent why the gravel permit issue, which was listed on the agenda, morphed into a composting issue and finally into whether Jeff Randall is actually engaged in agricultural ventures vs. industrial ones on his property, and what rules, if any, he is expected to follow.
The Board of Health next meets Tuesday, July 5, at 5 p.m.