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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
C
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
A
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
key.
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-
sues.
“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
I
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)
EARTH
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CLOSE
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SITUATION
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Wheelabrator files for state permits
to begin modification of ash landfill
By Mark E. Vogler
W
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
yesterday.
“One of the permits is for the
valley-fill, to keep doing the
same thingon thesamepieceof
propertywiththesameenviron-
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
WHEELABRATOR
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