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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:30 pm

WOBURN - The owner of a paving company recently assured members of the City Council’s Special Permits Committee that his business’ planned move to New Boston Street will be of little consequence to residential abutters.

During a recent meeting in City Hall, John Baladaso, who is seeking to relocate from Salisbury to an 89,700 foot building located at 210 New Boston Street, satisfied concerns about truck traffic near Merrimac Street, the storage of paving materials, and compliance with land restrictions due to the property’s location amidst the IndustriPlex superfund site.

Ultimately, the committee pushed the petition by Asphalt Services out for action by the full City Council without a recommendation, but did so only as a courtesty to the Planning Board, which has yet to act on the matter.

(The Planning Board, on a 6-0 vote, issued a favorable recommendation with several condition.)

Baladaso, represented by local attorney Malcolm-Houck, is seeking a special permit for the storage of sand, loam, broken asphault, and crushed rock in storage bins on the 2.09 acre site, as well as for the overnight parking of four trailers, five dump trucks, and 10 pick-up trucks.

Asphalt Services already maintains an office on Olympia Avenue in East Woburn, and would like to consolidate its operations, according to Baldasaro.

The family-owned company has been in business for 30 years and offers a variety of services from asphalt resurfacing, patching, paving, sealcoating, snow plowing, and according to its website counts Stop & Shop and Boston College among its clients.

During the recent meeting, Baladaso was quick to allay worries by Ward 6 Alderman Michael Raymond, whose district includes New Boston Street, that he intended to dump large piles of materials in the yard for recycling.

“We don’t leave a lot of materials on site. Any broken asphpault or concrete would be brought back to the plant the next day,” said the petitoner, who added that the storage bins would be gated and screened off from view.

“Is there going to be any grinding on site? The concern we have is that you’re going to be in the recycling business,” Raymond explained.

“Absolutely not. Just to be clear, there’d be no recycling or sorting of materials,” Baladaso responded. “We have a lot of plans for here. We’re not going to be dumping stuff all over there.”

Houck later told the City Council that his client will cover the storage bins with a tarp and take other measures to prevent the materials from being pulled off the site with water runoff.

The local attorney also claimed that most of the heavy equipment will be parked overnight at job sites, meaning residential abutters will rarely have to deal with the sound of trucks pulling in and out of the site.

The business will be open six days a week from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., though Houck did stipulate that during the winter months, some vehicles might be leaving the yard afterhours to plow snow.

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