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Bayer plastics to meet with Whately Select Board to discuss sewer hookup, road connection

WHATELY — Bayer MaterialScience LLC, a worldwide producer of high-performance plastics, is scheduled to meet at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday with the Select Board in the Center School to discuss its request of Deerfield for a cross-town sewer hookup and road connection.

In August, Bayer, which has a factory in the Whately Industrial Park, met with the Deerfield Select Board 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 service.

The Whately Select Board, 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 has not had any communication with 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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