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Overlook Drive resident complains about quarry traffic, dust


David M. Beyer says he is tired of the dust and traffic that he says are caused by trucks from a quarry near his home.

Mr. Beyer, who has lived at 19777 Overlook Drive for about a decade, wants the Watertown Town Council to stop trucks from Vespa Sand & Stone, 19626 Overlook Drive, from passing by his house.

He told the Town Council last week that owner John Vespa has refused to follow a series of conditions set by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in the 1980s.

“My truck gets covered with dust,” Mr. Beyer said.

He claims Mr. Vespa refuses to put up a sign directing truck drivers not to turn right out of the sand pit and travel on Overlook Drive. He said DEC required that trucks head in the opposite direction and use other roads.

But Mr. Vespa said Monday that the town sent him a letter in 2009 indicating he no longer had to comply with the DEC condition because the town does not have any posted roads that prohibit truck travel. Three to five customers pass by Mr. Beyer’s property a day, so other trucks must be kicking up the dust, he said.

“It’s really a non-issue,” he said, adding that his company uses dust-control equipment required by the state.

Mr. Beyer’s property also sits in a natural product zone and in proximity to another sand pit, Watertown Sand & Gravel, and the site of a former quarry, Mr. Vespa said.

Town officials said Mr. Beyer has complained about the sand pit ever since he moved there about 10 years ago.

Town Supervisor Joel R. Bartlett said he will look into the matter.

Mr. Vespa’s family has operated the business at the site since the mid-1960s.

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