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New Firehouse, New Highway Dept. Garage and Round Lake Road Improvements Discussed at Town Board meeting
MALTA– Keeping up with the town’s growth was the topic of many agenda items before the Malta Town Board at a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3 – a reoccurring theme, and an ongoing process, for town officials and residents. [Read more…]
The Malta Town Board, other town officials and GLOBALFOUNDRIES representatives came together on Wednesday morning to further discuss the key issues surrounding the chipmaker’s possible expansion: noise, visual impact, and traffic.
Building and Planning Director Tony Tozzi and other Malta officials had met at Fab 8.1 with GLOBALFOUNDRIES prior to the Wednesday workshop in what Tozzi termed an “excellent” meeting.
“This is the second time that I’ve been at that location since they’ve put the baffles in,” Tozzi said, “and the reduction in noise was astonishing to me.”
A sound baffle is a constructed device designed to reduce airborne sound. GLOBALFOUNDRIES installed baffles at Fab 8.1 after receiving noise complaints, and is looking to implement additional noise mitigation measures both for Fab 8.1 and the proposed Fab 8.2, should it be built.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES demonstrated those efforts to the Malta representatives and shared their measurements of the sound currently being emitted. The company plans to use materials which have much higher sound absorption in the construction of 8.2, should they proceed with the plant.
The chip maker is basing its choices of design and materials on what they’ve learned from Fab 8.1’s construction and the community feedback the company has received.
The difficulty with noise issues is, as with visual impacts, the problem is partially subjective; sounds one person might find annoying and disruptive may be virtually unnoticeable to another. Regardless, the board is crafting language requiring GLOBALFOUNDRIES to use the “best available technology” for Fab 8.2.
Visual impacts were discussed last Wednesday, when the board was attempting to decide what type of tests would be performed to provide the public with information. The board eventually settled on doing both a physical demonstration using balloons to mark the height of the new plant, and as a computer-generated simulation which would illustrate the full building.
This Wednesday morning the board decided on more specifics for those tests. For the balloon test, five balloons will be floated on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. until noon. Four red balloons will be floated to a height of 125 feet at the locations of the corners of the proposed plant, with a fifth blue one flown at 175 feet as a “spotter” balloon at the center of the site.
The “spotter” balloon will serve only as a visual reference and does not represent the actual proposed height of the building, which would be limited to 125 feet, including rooftop appurtenances.
A guided viewing tour will be conducted starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the viewing, starting from the Malta Town Hall parking lot. Participants in the tour will need their own transportation. A guide car with the Malta town seal on the door and balloons attached to it will lead the tour.
“We’ll do our very best to get that advertised,” said Town Supervisor Paul Sausville, speaking about the balloon tests.
Public feedback on the test is welcomed by the town. Residents will be able to call in or email and rate their opinion of the visual impacts on a scale of three from “serious, moderate, or slight,” according to Sausville.
Residents will be able to submit comments via email to email@example.com or by calling 518-461-2494.
The efforts are being undertaken to achieve a public “comfort level” satisfying to the board. The board will be receiving an update on the computer-generated simulation next week.
Additional efforts are being made to reduce the visual impact the new foundry would have. The design would use muted colors, and the foundry’s stacks would not be lighted.
Traffic has always been the “meaty issue,” as Sausville characterized it. Town officials have been meeting with the state Department of Transportation, which Tozzi said has not responded to their comments as of yet.
For now, crafting legislative language around traffic mitigation remains dependent on town official’s back-and-forth with different agencies in addition to their own internal studies.
The Malta Town Board will next meet for their monthly agenda meeting on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
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