Bayer, Whately board to discuss road connection
WHATELY — Bayer MaterialScience LLC, a worldwide producer of high-performance plastics, is meeting with the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday to discuss its request of Deerfield for a cross-town sewer hookup and road connection.
Bayer is scheduled to meet with the board at 7:15 p.m. in the Center School.
Bayer’s general manager, Shaun Guas, did not return calls for comment last week.
In August, Bayer, which has a factory in the Whately Industrial Park, met with the Deerfield Board of Selectmen to ask for a sewer hookup to that town’s system and a road connection through the Deerfield Industrial Park off Route 116. The two parks abut each other at the town line.
The request is part of a future expansion of the company.
In 1995, Bayer made the same request, but at the time the company was known as Deerfield Urethane Inc. In the past, the request has been controversial in Deerfield, where some residents and businesses along Route 5 are still without sewer.
The Whately selectmen, in prior years, supported road access between the two industrial parks. Currently, trucks headed to the Whately Industrial Park from Route 116 turn onto Pine Street and then turn onto Long Plain Road, cutting through two residential neighborhoods.
The Deerfield board said last week it hasn’t received any new word from Bayer since the August meeting. The board has reactivated the Deerfield Economic Development and Industrial Corp., the nonprofit group charged with overseeing the industrial park, with seven new members.
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