CCHS landfill remediation to begin

by Karina Coombs

The landfill cleanup project on the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) campus is scheduled to get underway this month. At the June 27 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC), the board voted to award project oversight for the landfill remediation project to CDW Consultants, Inc., of Framingham, who submitted the lowest bid of $49,750. A contract for $825,900 was awarded to A.J. Virgilio Construction for the installation of an environmental cap.

The site of a decades-old landfill was found to contain contaminated soil in routine testing during the school building project. The Department of Environmental Protection has approved the project to cap the landfill site to prevent disturbance of the soil and migration of the underground contaminants. 

Deputy Superintendent John Flaherty explained that while they may need to do a little work with Virgilio on the flexible capping material, he hopes to have the site under construction in the final week of July and estimates the project will take eight to 12 weeks to complete. 

The committee also re-voted the authorization of funds for the project at the request of Flaherty. With both Concord and Carlisle voting to authorize $1.2 million at their respective Town Meetings, Flaherty explained the RSC also had to formally increase its borrowing authorization from $1.1 million to $1.2. “This is a formality,” he explained.

Campus Advisory Committee mission approved

Following several months of discussion and public input, the RSC approved the charge for the CCHS Campus Advisory Committee. The board will evaluate current and future usage of CCHS property—including the former landfill site—and will consist of approximately 15 community members with representation from the school committees (including a representative from Carlisle), administration, facilities manager and athletic director, town staff, community members and two CCHS students.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the RSC at the following link: ∆