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.

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    to the report. It's 408 pages long.

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    to the Remedial Action Plan Report.

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    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 area.

    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