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“My Worst Case Scenario”
Closing Ballard Early Childhood Center is part of
superintendent’s plan to close school budget deficit
By Mark E. Vogler
losing the Ballard Early
Childhood Center and
moving its 118 students to
two other school buildings
is a key part of Saugus Pub-
lic Schools Superintendent
Dr. David DeRuosi, Jr.’s pre-
liminary plan to trim his pro-
posed budget by $1.2million.
“From an operational lens if
we were to move the pro-
gram, the district operation-
al savings would be $140,000
to $145,000,” DeRuosi said in
a two-page “Budget Update”
he provided School Commit-
tee members with this week.
“This does not include a cal-
culation for indirect costs,”
he said.
At one point during Tues-
day afternoon’s budget brief-
ing of the committee, DeRuosi
wavedacopyof his“worst case
scenario”plan tomembers, as-
suring them that he’s ready to
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Saugus Celebrates Earth Day
Saturday (April 22) is a day to love your planet. You can show
it by joining a river cleanup or paper shredding party
By Mark E. Vogler
year ago, Gov. Char -
lie Baker energized the
town’s Earth Day observance
by showing up at Breakheart
Reservation to join local resi-
dents -- including a handful of
Saugus government officials --
in a cleanup effort.
Without an appearance by
the governor and no organized
events planned for Breakheart,
this year figures to be more low
But Boardof SelectChairDeb-
ra Panetta -- who worked side-
by-side with the governor last
year -- said EarthDaywill still be
a special day for her and all the
other town residents who love
their planet. She looks upon
the day as a chance to promote
awareness of environmental is-
“Everyone can take steps to
promote a healthier environ-
ment eachday,”Panetta toldThe
Saugus Advocate this week.
“Whether that is recycling,
buying energy efficient items
(e.g., light bulbs & applianc-
“Emergency Situation”
A $4.3 million project to repair wastewater treatment plant
is the big ticket item for May 1 Special Town Meeting
By Mark E. Vogler
t was the kind of“emergency
situation”that TownManag-
er Scott C. Crabtree didn’t want
to hear about on a Sunday. “It
was pretty stressful,” Crabtree
recalled of the telephone call
he received about twomonths
ago from the town’s Depart-
ment of PublicWorks Director,
Brendan B. O’Regan, regarding
problems at the Lincoln Ave-
nue Pumping Station.
WORKINGINTHEWATER: JoanLeBlanc, executivedirectorof theSaugusRiverWatershedCouncil,
was involved in the cleanupof theRumneyMarshduringEarthDay last year. See thisweek’s“The
Advocate Asks,” for An Earth Day interviewwith LeBlanc on page 10
(Courtesy Photo To The Saugus Advocate)
Wheelabrator files for state permits
to begin modification of ash landfill
By Mark E. Vogler
heelabrator Technolo-
gies, Inc. yesterday filed
applications for two permits
from the state Department
of Environmental Protection
(DEP) – one that would allow
the company to expand the
ash landfill near its trash-to-
energy plant on Route 107 in
Saugus. The company filed a
second application for a permit
to transport ash offsite in case
the currently approved volume
is used before its modification
project can be approved, ac-
cording to JimConnolly,Whee-
labrator’s vice president of En-
vironmental, Health & Safety.
“This will initiate the DEP per-
mitting review under the state
solidwaste regulations,”Connol-
ly said in a telephone interview
“One of the permits is for the
valley-fill, to keep doing the
same thingon thesamepieceof
mental controls that we’ve had
in place. The two slopes will be
the same as the other three val-
ley-fills,”Connolly said.
“It’s going to take months for
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