Page 6 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, March 13, 2020 ANGELO’S FULL SERVICE "42 Years of Excellence!" 1978-2020 Regular Unleaded $2.159 Mid Unleaded $2.629 Super $2.699 Diesel Fuel $2.679 KERO $4.759 Diesel $2.439 HEATING OI 24-Hour Burner Service Call for Current Price! (125—gallon minimum) DEF Available by Pump! Open an account and order online at: www.angelosoil.com (781) 231-3500 (781) 231-3003 367 LINCOLN AVE • SAUGUS • OPEN 7 DAYS Lawrence A. Simeone Jr. Attorney-at-Law ~ Since 1989 ~ * Corporate Litigation * Criminal/Civil * MCAD * Zoning/Land Court * Wetlands Litigation * Workmen’s Compensation * Landlord/Tenant Litigation * Real Estate Law * Construction Litigation * Tax Lein * Personal Injury * Bankruptcy * Wrongful Death * Zoning/Permitting Litigation 300 Broadway, Suite 1, Revere * 781-286-1560 Lsimeonejr@simeonelaw.net For Advertising with Results, call The Advocate Newspapers at 617-387-2200 or Info@advocatenews.net Salemwood Community appeals Conservation Commission decision on Roosevelt Park By Barbara Taormina T he Friends of Roosevelt Park and the Salemwood Community have fi led two appeals with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as part of their ongoing eff ort to stop an artifi cial turf fi eld from being installed at Roosevelt Park. The group is appealing the Malden Conservation Commission’s conditions for approval of the synthetic fi eld. The Friends and the Salemwood Community are also appealing what they believe is a misclassifi cation of the site. The state’s Wetlands Protection Act requires that wetland resource areas be identified and delineated and that work done to those areas follow performance standards. Although the resource area at the park was originally described as “bordering vegetated wetland,” it has since been classifi ed as “an isolated fi eld subject to fl ooding” and an “isolated vegetated wetland.” In a letter to MassDEP Northeast Regional Director Eric Worrall, the Friends and the Salemwood Community say the city is trying to circumvent the law SKATING CENTER www.Roller-World.com | 781-231-1111 ATM on site Sunday Located Adjacent to Rite Aid Pharmacy in Saugus Plaza, South Bound Route 1 MBTA Bus Route 429 FREE WI-FI - 2 WIDE SCREEN TV’S FULLY AIR CONDITIONED WINTER SKATING SCHEDULE ATTENTION! 12-8 p.m. $7.50 Monday Private Parties Tuesday School & PTO GROUPS 7:30-10:30 p.m. Adult Night 18+ only $8.50 Wednesday Private Parties Thursday Private Parties 3-11 p.m. $7.50 Friday Saturday Admission after 6 p.m. $8.50 12-11 p.m. $7.50 Admission after 6 p.m. $8.50 Skates included in price/Blades $3 Bowling Alleys, 2 snack bars, video games. 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The Friends and the Salemwood Community believe the Conservation Commission should have issued an order of conditions prohibiting any work at the park until and unless the city fi les a new Notice of Intent that recognizes the naturally occurring bordering vegetated wetland and meets the performance standards that pertain to that resource. Late last month, the Conservation Commission issued three conditions for the synthetic turf fi eld, which is part of the larger Roosevelt Park Improvement Project. The Commission ordered the city to use organic infi ll for the fi eld and to perform regular inspections of the catch basins during construction. The Commission also ordered the city to post signs at the fi eld that will keep Malden in compliance with the artifi cial turf warranty. In their letter to Worrall, the Friends and the Salemwood Community argue that the Conservation Commissions conditions do not meet performance GENERAL PLAN | FROM PAGE 3 and would prevent any layoff s. Supt. Oteri outlined in his report that spending and resources for additional social, emotional and physical health support would come after “a strategic examination of current staff - ing and critical needs in this area [and] we can carve out a plan to augment existing resources in a way that is equitable across the district.” As for additional funding for professional development for teachers, the Superintendent noted that there is at present “modest funding.” He stated, “An increase in the budget for professional learning will ensure that teachers have access to current training and remain up to date in the latest, research-based practices. Access to a robust array of training opportunities has a direct impact on the students our educators serve.” College and Career Readiness will be enhanced standards for an isolated fi eld subject to fl ooding, particularly as they relate to the adverse effect on private and public water supplies and the adverse eff ect on the area’s capability to prevent ground water pollution. “The design of the artifi cial turf fi eld will increase the amount of untreated storm water being directed into the Saugus Branch Brook culvert,” they wrote. They also said the runoff will contain hazardous elements and chemicals from the artifi - cial turf, including lead, crystalline silica cadmium, fungicides, pesticides, fl ame retardant, microbiocides, fabric softener, PFAS (per- and polyfl uoroalkyl substances) and plastics. As for the conditions, the group contends the Conservation Commission’s requirement to use organic infi ll for the fi eld is misguided. “The city’s preferred infi ll, Brockfi ll, does not disclose the ingredients list. U.S. Patents for the product list many chemicals that are not organic compound,” they told Worrall. The Friends and the Salemwood Community also point out that the condition that requires signs with rules that would keep the artificial turf field in compliance with the manufacturer’s warranty reveals the commission’s primary concern is protecting the turf, not the wetland. “We implore you to issue a superseding order of conditions prohibiting the installation of an artifi cial turf fi eld,” they wrote at the end of their letter to Worrall. The fourth area of concentration planned to be addressed with new SOA funding at present is College and Career Readiness, where it is proposed to use funds to buy additional curriculum materials and use funds to increase students’ access to post-secondary planning. “We need a renewable cycle for these materials that would enhance our approach to this extremely important area,” Supt. Oteri said, adding that it would be an all-district push, with grade-appropriate support materials. “In our ever-changing economy we have to educate our students to prepare them for careers in today’s working world, on whatever path they need to get there. It may or may not involve college for our students and we acknowledge that fact.” Supt. Oteri said he would keep the School Committee members informed of the SOA timeline for submissions and that he expects plenty of discussion of detailed spending plans during the upcoming FY21 school budget process. 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