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June 24, 2013

Newburyporters rally against new landfill in Groveland

GROVELAND — Plans to fill in a long-abandoned quarry have been generating controversy in town, in large part due to Newburyport’s contentious experiences with the man who is doing the work.

William Thibeault, who owned the company that capped Newburyport’s Crow Lane landfill, is proposing to fill in an abandoned quarry near the Groveland-Georgetown line. He’s created a new company, Groveland R T, LLC, to manage the project.

Thibeault spent the past decade trucking in demolition debris to Crow Lane and then capping it with soil. The job was marked by frequent complaints from neighbors about foul smells emanating from the debris and confrontations between the city and Thibeault that led to fines levied against Thibeault, occasional shutdowns of the site and a lawsuit.

Crow Lane has finally been capped, but complaints about smells are still being reported. Frustration over Thibeault’s handling of the Newburyport site is spilling over into Groveland, where some Newburyporters are urging Groveland residents to rally against Thibeault.

Among them is Newburyport Conservation Commission Chairman Joe Teixeira, who urged Groveland residents to oppose the arrival of Thibeault’s firm. He suggested that the state is not effective in dealing with Thibeault’s Crow Lane firm New Ventures, and that it was difficult to manage. Teixeira made his comments on a Facebook page called Groveland Town Crier, where several residents expressed their concerns about the project.

Teixeira said Groveland should take the time to research Thibeault’s track record in Newburyport, then put effort into making sure that any agreement is “robust” enough to protect the town’s interests in case something goes wrong.

Thibeault, whose businesses are largely based in Everett where he runs a demolition disposal business, did not return phone calls from The Daily News.

On Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Veasey Park on Washington Street, the Conservation Commission will be holding a meeting to hear more information on the plans and ask questions.

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