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State Orders Pepperell Town Clerk To Hand Over All Gravel Pit Proposal Records

The Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Public Records Division ordered Pepperell town clerk Jeanne Survell to provide a Pepperell resident all the records the town has in its possession regarding a controversial gravel pit reclamation proposal.

   Pepperell Resident Carline Ahdab has been asking for several months that town officials make public all the records regarding the proposal which could cause as many as 50,000 trailer truckloads of fill from construction sites throughout New England to be hauled to an old gravel pit.

   The pit is located in Pepperell near several residential neighborhoods and adjacent to the Nashua River. [See last week’s page one article in the Groton Herald]

   Ahdab filed an appeal to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office when she realized, after weeks of excuses given by town officials, that the records she was provided were likely not all the town held.

   The Candle has also received excuses and foot dragging in seeking answers about what occurred at ostensibly private meetings that the former town administrator and former town planner held with proponents of the gravel pit reclamation proposal.

   These former town officials, according to members of the board of selectmen, did not inform board members of the project for more than five months.

    There are other documents related to this project, still believed to be withheld from the public or missing from town files, despite the order from the state.

   And there are inconsistencies in the responses the former town planner and former town administrator have given about the project and their interactions with the proponents.

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