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RICHMOND - Abutters were on hand at the Richmond Town Council meeting on Tuesday night, Sept. 20, to voice their displeasure about a temporary closing of the landfill that has been used as an unofficial dog park near Stilson and Buttonwoods Roads.
According to the town council, the landfill was offered to dog owners as an area to let their pets run as a courtesy by the town to the residents. The landfill is currently holding debris from Tropical Storm Irene. Town Council President Joe Reddish said that time frame of the removal of the debris is 60 days.
Reddish addressed the crowd when this item on the agenda came up, saying he put it on the agenda because he wanted to have a public discussion about it. He started off the issue explaining the situation, saying that the landfill is under regulations from the Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM), and the land will be opened to dogs again when the debris is cleared.
Among the DEM regulations is a rule that prohibits breaking the ground at the site, so the town would not be able to put a fence in the ground isolating the debris area and preserving some land for dogs, according to Reddish.
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