Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blasting at the landfill on Monday

Please be advised:

· There will be blasting commencing at 8am on Monday at the Crow Lane landfill.
· This blasting will occur for parts of three (3) days.
· This blasting is to enlarge a trench and retention pond area.
· There is no anticipated residual affect to the surrounding properties.
· The Newburyport Fire Department will be on-site during this process to monitor the activities of the company contracted to do this work.

John Moak


Dick Monahan said...

Some other things that make noise that I have seen on my perambulations.

- The big green machines on the Gillis bridge are sand blasters.

- The big crane behind the Coast Guard Stations is dredging the area around its docks, one shovel full at a time. It's very slow, because they pause to let the water drain from each load.

- Speaking of cranes, a good time waster this time of year is watching the big mobile cranes taking the boats out of the water between the Black Cow and Michael's.

- I hated to see them cutting down the trees in Brown Square. Let us hope the "new look" is an actual improvement.

- I know that draw bridges were required when rivers were important commercial routes. Now that they are not, isn't it time we did away with them? Look at all the trouble that's caused by a few hobbyists who want to moor their tall boats above the Gillis bridge. And, why on earth do we need the one on the PI Causeway?

boat driver said...

Boats, all boats, in federal channels have the right of way over land based traffic. This is because boats were here first. Same idea why trains always have the right of way (no it's not because they are bigger). Most draw bridges open "on demand", the Gillis bridge opens on a "schedule" between May and Labor day and on demand in the off-season. Mass Highway (MHD), who operates the bridge had to obtain permission to change from "on-demand" to scheduled openings. The PI bridge and the Hines bridge are also operated by MHD and with Coast Guard approval operate on a two-hour notice. A boater must give a minimum of two hours notice to get an opening.
I guess if someone is using a draw bridge to go to a golf outing, then they are a "Hobbist" as well. I pay excise tax on my boat, I pay waterways fees on my boat and I pay registration fees as well; the golfer pays green fees...his fees go to a golf club, mine go to the government.
BTW if it weren't for the boats and the river, Newburyport would be just another average town.
Just a view from the water.

Dick Monahan said...

I know the waterway has the right of way because they were first. That doesn't mean they should have it forever; especially when the use is not commercial.

All the dozens of cars who have to wait while one of the bridges is raised pay all those fees, too.

Sarah Swart said...

The drawbridge here in Gloucester is supposed to be the second-most-busy on the East Coast. I don't doubt it; it's always going up. However, I don't know of anyone who is hugely frustrated by its ups and downs. Maybe b/c of Gloucester's association with the sea... oh, wait.

boat driver said...

but you have options to go around, boats do not....and there are still commercial vessels on the river that require openings.

Dick Monahan said...

More on noise: I am sitting here working away, with WNBP accompaniment. There is a concrete truck delivering a couple of houses away. There is a crew scraping paint across the street. An electronic sort of noise gradually entered my consciousness. At first I thought it was one of the above, but it finally got loud enough that I realized it must be the much-promoted Seabrook siren test.

Had I not read so much about it, I doubt I would have noticed it.

Aha, there is a second round of the siren. This one is like the European police car sirens. It is much more effective.

Just to add to the confusion, WNBP just played one of those "emergency warning system" messages that used to be a regular event.

This has been a live blog of the test. :-)