Please tune in to LCTV's recording of the most recent public forum from the LCSFSC:
The Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee is holding one more Public Information Forum:
Tuesday October 22, 2013
Littleton Police Department
To date, advocates for taking the next step toward sewer design have not organized together to show support. Whether you oppose or support this important matter, we hope you will attend next Tuesday's meeting and speak out. It is important to hear from everyone: Those who oppose, those who support and those who need to learn more about a potential sewer design for Littleton's Common area. The committee will dedicate a large amount of time to discussion with the public.
Please attend if you are able.
Property Owner Forum
Saturday October 5, 2013
10:30AM - 12 noon
Multipurpose Room (behind Town Offices)
33 Shattuck Street, Littleton
At last night’s FinCom Meeting, it appears that information I have shared via email with an interested opponent may have been taken out of context and given to the FinCom inaccurately. Fact: Nitrate & Sodium levels leaving the Littleton Commons from a feeder stream that discharges into Beaver Brook are very significant and have been since sampling began in the early 1980s.
Currently, nitrate levels at Well # 2, as with all our drinking water source are very low. We plan on increasing the capacity of this source once a treatment plant (for the removal of iron and manganese) goes on line by the end of 2013.
We do not know the long-term impact that these elevated levels of nitrates and sodium may have once we increase our pumping capacity at this source.
Mr. Savas Danos is General Manager of LELWD
First and foremost as a long standing citizen of Littleton and a small business owner in the town for 30 years, I commend all the individuals who have sacrificed their time to study and report their findings of a proposed sewer district for the town center. This is not the first time in many years that this topic has come before the members of this community and unfortunately has not gone beyond the study committees because of the perplexity of developing a sewer project. I believe that this committee has given the citizens the justification to continue with this project.
The center of town is the best place to begin this project, as this is the heart of commerence for Littleton. The main reason that small businesses, such as the one I operate, cannot relocate to the center is and always has been water discharge issues. I have tried to relocate my dentat practice several times and this relocation has been refused by Board of Health for this reason. A public sewer in the center would allow not only a dental practice but attract many new businesses wanting to relocate to this wonderful town. The sewer would increase the value of the center which would in turn would attract new businesses such as mine. Commercial tax base would increase as new businesses relocate boosting tax revenue to the town and help defray the residential tax rate.
Water quantity is today's new commodity and I have read many news articles concerning impact that the lack of water can have on a community, this project would also allow the recharge of the watershed helping us to retain this resource for the future.
This project is challenging and an endeavor that may be difficult to complete but I believe it is one this town should tackle, as there are many more benefits than disadvantages to going forward with the project. I hope that other members of our community will unite to see that this project continues to fruition.
To all the committee members and the consultant hired, I believe you have done justice for this community by the hard work you have all done. I am one citizen who thanks you for your efforts.
Craig C. Gruskowski, D.M.D.
336 King Street
Our firm owns and manages the property and adjacent land at 119 Russell Street. We are very pleased with the outreach and the process of this LCSFSC, and we are hopeful that we can get sewer to our building. Although I'm not a resident of Littleton, if you ever want a commercial building owner perspective, please let me know.
Travis Snell President Concord Property Management
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee's
Public Information Forum
Tuesday September 17, 2013
Location: Littleton Police Department Community Room
A brief presentation by the committee will be followed by public input including questions and answers. Please attend.
What Are the Perceived Risks for the Town if We Implement Public Sewer? What Are The Risks If We Do Not Implement Public Sewer?
The perceived risks include the fear that the sewer plant could fail and the town would then be on the hook for this plant. The Committee consulted the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and determined they have no recorded incidents of sewage treatment plant failures.
Another perceived risk is that the sewer plant would not generate enough revenue to pay for the plant or operation. This has happened in neighboring towns, and we have learned from their experience. Risk is minimized for Littleton by conducting a thorough Preliminary Design Report, and, should the plant go to construction, by constructing the plant in phases and only constructing capacity as contracted demand occurs (Strategy p. 42).
In its first phase, 30,000 gallons per day of new treatment capacity would be constructed at a cost of $4.3 million (pipes and treatment). If it proves to produce income, as the study suggests, an additional $3.2 million would be spent to add energy generation facilities. Combined, energy generation and user fees would be used to meet the $7.5 million obligation. In the alternative, user fees would meet the $4.3 million obligation (Strategy pp.64-68). If no further demand due to growth occurs, no further capital investment would be made.
If the plant is not built, development in the Town Common and industrial districts is limited. Due to the lack of wastewater capacity, existing property owners have few options. Property owners also face expensive repairs or replacements to their existing septic systems over time.
Lacking wastewater options, it is less likely the Town will realize new property tax revenues from the Common district due to growth.
Nitrate levels in groundwater in the Common are elevated and becoming a concern. A sewer system would eliminate the problem. By returning treated effluent to the ground in the watershed where the water was originally taken (Beaver Brook) the sewer system would restore some flow in the Brook, and its water quality would improve (Strategy p. 17).
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Thank you to each and every one of you who made it out last night to the Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee Public Forum. The room was filled and it is fulfilling to know that we have many active and concerned citizens in town.
If you missed the LCSFSC Public Forum last night, please tune in and watch it on LCTV:
Thursday April 25, 2013
Friday April 26, 2013
Here is a link to the LCTV schedule: http://www.littletonma.org/content/13221/18561/default.aspx
This important topic could impact all of us. We hope the information presented will help you to understand what you will be asked to vote on this coming Fall.
Tuesday April 23, 7PM
Littleton Police Department
Please come to hear a brief presentation from the Littleton Common Sewer Feasibility Study Committee and join in a discussion with the committee members.
Bring your questions and plan to attend!