Capping the Old Draper and Town Dump - 2013
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The photos above were taken on March 30 and
31.The next five below were taken on April 1.
the report. It's 408 pages long.
Click on the title page above to go to
the Remedial Action Plan Report.
Click on the page above to see the certificate online.
The first paragraph in the article above refers to what we used to call "the dump"
as, "...a landfill for the Draper Corp." Well yes it was, but in effect it was the town
dump too. For many years everyone's trash was picked up by Draper employees,
put on a Draper truck, and taken to the dump. It didn't matter if you were in a Draper
house or not. They took care of every house in town.
The one thing I remember from the time when the job was turned over to the town
was that starting then, the homeowner would have to put their barrel out on the
sidewalk on the day it was to be collected. Before that, two men would go to the
backyard of each home, pick up the barrel (it would be a rare family in those days
that would need more than one), bring it to the truck, empty it, and return it to the
backyard. I think one reason for two men to carry a barrel between them is that the
barrels provided by the company were very heavy galvanized steel, make to last for
decades. After the town took over the job, probably sometime in the late 1950s, for
many years the trash continued going to the same dump.
Hopedale: Town Meeting asks voters to approve land donation
By Christopher Gavin Daily News Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at 10:34 PM
HOPEDALE — Voters at next week’s Town Meeting will be asked to give selectmen the approval to begin a
process to accept the donation of 28 acres of land off of Freedom Street that includes the Draper Field sports
The property, located at 161 Freedom St., was once used as a dump for the Draper mill, according to Town
Administrator Steve Sette. The land is currently owned by Rockwell Automation, Inc.
The company was required to cap the landfill, which makes up a portion of the site, he said.
“They did with the thought that one day once it was capped, they would turn (it) over ... so it would be the town’s
property again,” Sette said Monday.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection completed a review of the area last year to
ensure that the lots were capped properly and were in compliance with the law, according to Sette.
At the Nov. 29 Town Meeting, the town will ask residents to allow officials to enter into a donation agreement
with the company. Approving Article 6 would be the “first step” for the town toward acquiring the property,
according to officials.
“All we’re asking for the voters to do is say, ‘go ahead and start that agreement,’” Sette said.
The ball fields at the 28.31-acre site are often used by the Hopedale Youth Baseball league.
If the town acquires the property, there will be opportunities for the town to develop the land for more sports
fields and expand other recreational uses, according to Sette.
“It’s actually a good thing for the town at the end of the day,” Sette said.
The eventual agreement would also lay out requirements for Rockwell Automation, Inc. to monitor the site for
30 years should the property need additional cleaning up, Sette said.
The article is one of seven being put forth for the November Town Meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. at Hopedale
Junior-Senior High School, 25 Adin Street