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Lee election includes board seat, toxic landfill

May 09, 2022 1:21 pm

Dick Lindsay reports in The Berkshire Eagle that voters in Lee, in Western Massachusetts, vote May 16 about whether to rescind an agreement that includes a toxic landfill with up to one million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from the Housatonic River. But it is a non-binding referendum, so the landfill may be filled with toxic chemicals despite the vote. The election also asks voters if they want to return to an open town meeting format and whether Lee should end the surcharge on assessed property values that was instituted four years ago to pay down water infrastructure debt. And Anne Langlais, Gordon Bailey, and Robert Wright are all seeking the Select Board seat being vacated by Patricia Carlino who decided against a re-election bid after 24 years on the board. Read more about this story in The Berkshire Eagle.