MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury Planning Board on Monday evening approved the site plan for a proposed rock crushing operation by Treeline Construction Co. at 130 Westborough St. Treeline's rock processing proposal has had homeowners in the area incensed at the prospect of having the operation in proximity to their homes.
Residents have long complained about the potential for noise and traffic, and health dangers and the environmental threat that could be posed to Lake Quinsigimond, which is across the road from the property.
The Planning Board had closed the public hearing at its Sept. 10 meeting. It went into executive session immediately upon convening Monday's meeting to discuss any further issues members may have about the project.
Board Chairman Richard Gosselin had made it clear during numerous earlier meetings that the proposal before the Planning Board was not to approve the actual rock processing operation, but was strictly about traffic plans, parking and where machinery would be placed.
The Planning Board can't grant authority to Treeline for the rock crushing. That has to come from the Millbury Board of Health and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Many of the residents who had spoken vehemently about the project in the past attended Monday but stood by quietly when Gosselin went through the voting on the site plan.
The lone dissenting Planning Board member was Anna Lewandowski, who said, "This decision compromises the health, safety and general welfare of the town and impacts the traffic, utilities, environmental qualities, community values and economies in the town."
"Discussing processing as a condition is above and beyond what we as a board are directed by the site plan review," she added.
While the issue of rock processing is far from settled, the project now moves on to the next step, with Treeline Construction having to get approval from the Millbury Board of Health and state Department of Environmental Protection.