After the public comments had been heard, the Planning Board moved on to its regular meeting, but they did not close the public hearing. DePietro indicated that the board will continue to accept information pertinent to the dock project until their regular meeting in August.
The board then heard the amendment proposed for parking at Galvan Armory to create the spaces required if COARC Starting Place is to move into the basement of the building. (More on that later.) That done, the conversation returned to the dock, when Colarusso engineer P. J. Prendergast asked if the board needed more information from him. There was an exchange between Mitch Khosrova, counsel to the Planning Board, and Prendergast and the lawyer standing in for John Privitera about the relevance of information sought by the board. Prendergast asserted that the volume of mining undertaken was irrelevant, because mining activity was overseen by other regulatory agencies. DePietro objected, telling Prendergast that "the volume speaks to things that are under our purview." Prendergast denied that the dock repair had anything to do with the intensification of industrial activity.
On the topic of truck traffic to the dock, Khosrova told Prendergast, "The board needs to know that it is within the threshold of safety. Colarusso certainly has the numbers for how many trucks go to the dock." He later pointed out that the only information provided so far was that the peak number was 142 round trips a day. To objections from the Colarusso lawyer that this information was not relevant to the dock repair, which he stressed was done for public safety, Khosrova insisted that the dock and the haul road were integrally related: "If you didn't have the dock, you wouldn't need the haul road; if you didn't have the haul road, you wouldn't need the dock."
When Khosrova asked about mitigation for noise and dust at the dock, Prendergast claimed, as he has before, that the source of dust problem was Rick's Point, which he called "the parking lot for the city park," where, he complained, there was "not any improvement at all." The following video, provided to Gossips by a reader, effectively puts the lie to Prendergast's claim that dust does not emanate from the Colarusso dock.
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