CHELMSFORD -- A better understanding of the future height of the Glenview landfill and the impact of trucks bringing in fill were among the main updates from a project engineer at the selectmen's meeting Monday night.

Bruce Haskell, project engineer on behalf of Charter Environmental, updated selectmen regarding the two-year process it will take to fill and cap the Glenview landfill, off Drumhill Road across from Technology Drive.

Haskell told selectmen that, on June 23, dump trucks began bringing in material to the landfill, marking the official start of work on the project.

Haskell said since then, they've seen about 11,000 trucks move in and out of the landfill site, with a high of 219 trucks over a five-day period.

"We are working within those 50 to 75 trucks a day," said Haskell of the owner's promise to send in no more than 75 trucks per day.

He added that they also performed a traffic study since the project began and found the area sees about 23,000 vehicle trips per day, a figure similar to previous traffic studies done in the area.

Engineers also did a balloon test, which involved floating a red balloon at the height of the landfill when it is capped, which they say will be 210 feet, about 50 feet higher than the current landfill.

The test gave engineers a perspective of where the landfill would be seen from various locations in the neighborhood.


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The Department of Environmental Protection is ordering the capping of the landfill and more material must be brought in to fund the capping project.

Trucks will bring in fill from now until the spring of 2016, at which time the capping project will begin. Haskell said the project will be complete by the fall of 2016.

The Chelmsford Conservation Commission must still approve construction that will be done within the wetland boundaries.

Near the end of the discussion, the previous owner of the landfill, Pat Hannon, also spoke to clear up some misconceptions about the landfill and the money put up for a previous capping project in the past.

Hannon told selectmen the funds that the Department of Environmental Protection had set aside for the project about a decade ago have been spent on the land, aside from about a half-million dollars.

He also said that the site is technically not a landfill, as there has been no trash or hazardous materials dumped there.

Selectman Janet Askenburg said she would like some clarification from the DEP regarding some of the points brought up by Hannon.

Another public meeting will be scheduled in the fall to discuss the project.