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Bethel Planning and Zoning continue hearing on proposed contractor yard

An applicant is looking to build a transfer station on Wooster Street in downtown Bethel.  The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal at their meeting tonight.  The 8,000 square foot building would expand the property's existing recycling yard in order to include construction debris for indoor recycling and to accommodate "small local"  contractors.

The material would include sheetrock, pipes and other assorted construction material -- to be sorted and sold from the facility.  The property owner, in response to question from the public, said that no household or municipal waste would be collected at this facility and that truck traffic would be directed away from downtown.  But there's controversy because the permit request states that accepting municipal waste, or kitchen garbage, is part of the proposal.

The Commission is awaiting Inland-Wetlands Commission decision as well as reports from the Fire Marshal, Health Department and Planning & Zoning Director.

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