THOMASTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission, at a special meeting on Wednesday, September 11, discussed, approved and closed a request for modification of a site plan associated with a special permit.

Before the discussion, Chairman Ralph Celone explained that Land Use Administrator Stacey Sefcik was asked if Mr. Celone would recuse himself because he happens to be a neighbor of one of the parties involved.

“I want to state, on the record, that I will not recuse myself. Thomaston’s a small town and if you look hard enough, you can find a link between any two people in town,” Mr. Celone said. “I have no financial or personal interest in the outcome of this matter and I believe I can make a fair and impartial decision based on the evidence in the record.”

Ted Williams and Megan Hill, owners of MJW Services LLC, were granted approval for site plan modification application #2019-06-21-01, associated with special permit #2018-12-27-01.

Colby Engineering & Consulting LLC prepared the plans for 1617 Waterbury Rd., in a M1 light manufacturing zone.

The approval was granted subject to several modifications and conditions.

The hours of operation for crushing and screening activities must stay as outlined in the original approval that was issued at the Wednesday, February 6, regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Those hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The company is allowed to operate on Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., however it is only for site maintenance.

According to the approval motion, the commission defined site maintenance as “mowing, weed-whacking, and other minor landscaping activities that do not require the operation of heavy equipment such as excavators, backhoes, dump trucks, crushing and/or screening equipment and the like, except in the case of force majeure.”

The site plan shall permit hours of operations for hauling in and taking out materials subject to several modifications and conditions.

Hauling in and taking out material is allowed without restrictions during day hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Hauling in and taking out material is restricted during night hours from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 a.m., Saturday through Monday subject to the following requirements.

Whenever possible, the property owner or designated agent must provide the land use office 24 hours advance notice of any planned night hauling taking place on site.

In an instance when advance notice is not possible, the property owner or designated agent must contact the land use office the next business day.

According to the approval motion, the property owner or designated agent must be on site during the entirety of night deliveries or pickups to ensure that trucks are entering and exiting the site and “operate in a manner that is protective of the neighbors’ right to peaceful enjoyment of their homes, such as no banging of tailgates and no use of Jake brakes.”

Signage for this effect will be posted onsite as approved by the zoning enforcement officer.

All the onsite permitted activities shall be managed in accordance with Title 22a – Environmental Protection, Subtitle 22a-69 “Control of Noise” of the State General Statutes.

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