CLARKSBURG -- Construction at the North Adams Country Club site will soon be moving forward.
The Board of Selectmen approved an earth removal permit, with 19 conditions, following a public hearing this week, an event that drew in roughly 40 residents.
"At the end of two years, I should be able to complete this portion of the project and come back and see where we need to be," owner Jim Basiliere said.
The removal of 300,000 cubic yards of soil is the first phase of Basiliere's plan to completely overhaul the golf course, which he purchased in 2011.
Phase two, he said, will consist of a renovation and addition to the existing clubhouse, redesigning the parking lot, and repairing a section of the riverbank. Those projects would require future permits, he added.
Basiliere explained the project, which is expected to close the country club for several years, will add nine holes to the site, creating an 18-hole golf course.
Under conditions in the two-year permit issued at Wednesday's hearing, earth removal will be conducted in five-acre increments, with each plot being stabilized to prevent erosion as construction moves forward. In addition, only 150,000 cubic yards of earth will be removed from the site per year.
Much of the residents' concern surrounded traffic on Middle Road, which carries Route 8 and serves as a major means of entry and exit to the town.
But Selectmen Chair Carl McKinney said Planning Board member David Sherman's estimate of 10 trucks leaving the site a day isn't significant when the existing traffic on the road is taken into account.
"If the roads are that fragile, the state should put money into them," he said.
Basiliere said dust mitigation will be handled as well -- all trucks leaving the site will be covered, and Department of Environmental Protection regulations would be followed.
"We have machines with brooms, we have water available for dust control," he said. "I have pumps I can turn on to keep everything wet."
East Road Resident Susan Brandon suggested placing signs to warn drivers on Route 8, many of whom drive faster than the posted speed limit of 30 mph.
"I think there should be a warning there," she said.
Basiliere agreed that signs would help improve safety, and said he would approach the Department of Transportation about placing "trucks entering and exiting" signs on Route 8.
Other conditions in the permit include:
* To ensure the site is restored, Basiliere will pay a $100,000 bond to the town.
* Dry screening will take place at least 1,000 feet away from property lines.
* Earth removal will be limited to Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* No work will be done on state recognized holidays.
* No roads will be used to access the property except Middle Road, Route 8.
* All spills must be cleaned up the day they occur.
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