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December 2, 2013

City Council seeks status of landfill cap

Haverhill is sharing cost with private company that co-owns site


Haverhill is already home to a large solar panel “farm” on Hilldale Avenue, just outside Lafayette Square. Dozens of panels on that site collect solar power that feeds into a network to provide electricity to homes.

The Groveland payment will be put into an account to pay for the next phase of the project, capping the northern mound of the dump, the mayor said. The first phase of the project, capping the southern mound, is in the final stages, he said.

Fiorentini said the majority of the money to pay the city’s loans will come from its annual operating budget. However, he said officials may be able to pay a portion of the loans from an account funded by sewer and water bills, because the Wastewater Department once dumped sludge at the landfill.

The city and Aggregate Industries also previously paid about $6.5 million to remove thousands of barrels of hazardous material buried at the dump and to conduct environmental studies of the land.

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