Chatham Transfer Station Upgrades Could Cost $8.6 Million

CHATHAM – Plans to update the transfer station in Chatham may have hit a snag.

Early cost estimates suggest that the project could cost taxpayers as much as $8.6 million.

After years of complaints relating to noise, traffic congestion, and inefficiency at the complex, town officials sought preliminary estimates on how much these fixes would run, with initials figures suggesting that it would likely be between $7.3 and $8.6 million.

Consultants hired by the town considered traffic patterns that would separate residential and commercial customers as well as looking into design options to minimize noise, odors, and wind-blown debris on the property.

Selectmen appeared less than sold on the figures with members calling the totals “huge,” “substandard,” and Chairman Dean Nicastro claiming that, “the finance committee is going to choke on this.”

By the end of the meeting selectmen were in unanimous agreement to conduct further research into their options and consider the savings that may result from conducting the work in phases.

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