Recycling Inc. appeal continued to September 8

An application before the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night regarding a controversial recycling facility at 990 Naugatuck Avenue was continued to the board’s Sept. 8 meeting.

State Rep. Kim Rose, who attended this week’s meeting, said the application was continued because the applicant wanted time to gather more information regarding the appeal. Rose, who was active in fighting the Recycling Inc. facility when it was a hot issue in Milford several years ago, said there was a crowd of at least 20 people at this week’s meeting to protest the facility.

The applicant, Housatonic Terminal LLC, is appealing revocation of its Certificate of Zoning Compliance (CZC).

City Zoning Enforcement Officer Stephen Harris issued the CZC on May 22, 2015 to allow a “limited processing recycling facility,” and then revoked it on July 14, 2015, when he learned that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) revoked Recycling Inc.’s permit to construct a volume reduction facility on the property.

The CZC would have allowed the company to “receive, store, and process only recyclable materials in accordance with the limits of the DEEP permit” of Aug. 16, 2010 that has since been revoked.

At the July 14 ZBA meeting, Attorney Brian Stone asked the board to overturn the decision by Harris and grant the certificate to the Housatonic Terminal LLC, which Stone was representing. Stone said the certificate is necessary to reestablish non-conforming use of the property.

In response, Harris told the ZBA that he revoked the certificate because he learned that the DEEP had revoked the certificate in 2014 for Recycling Inc. to operate a recycling facility.

Joseph Barrett, who is listed as the member and agent of the LLC, told the board that he held a mortgage on the property and regained ownership from Recycling Inc. through foreclosure and forbearance.

In the application for the CZC, it stated that Housatonic Terminal LLC has a contract to purchase the property from Recycling Inc., and that Joseph Barrett is the sole member of the LLC and has, along with other family members, owned this parcel since 1955, until the sale to Recycling Inc. on Oct. 22, 2008.

While there may possibly be different parties involved in this application, Rose said neighbors remain opposed to a recycling facility at 990 Naugatuck Avenue.

“I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the neighbors that turned out for the ZBA meeting,” Rose said. “This group is engaged and proactive. They will not back down and they plan on being at the next meeting to speak out against the appeal.

“I will continue to work with them to fight for what is right and just,” Rose added.

The next ZBA meeting will be Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Milford City Hall.