"I can imagine 100 people coming in here to protest anything discharging into that creek," said Lange.
Carr said the system would be designed and approved as an acceptable chemical treatment process.
Council member Donna Gizzi quizzed Carr on the potential benefits of the project to the town of Malta.
"We'd be improving an eyesore at one entry to the town, and adding to the tax base, since they are currently doing no business there," said Carr. "There would also be public access added for people to go down to Kayderosseras Creek. Three years ago, the planning board saw access to the creek as a huge benefit."
The board agreed to look more closely at the project in workshop sessions.
"There are so many conflicts with the wetlands here," said Lange. "I don't want to discourage anyone, but I see a real red light here."
Carr said the owner has previously tried to sell the property without success.
"We knew there were a number of engineering issues, and we said three years ago they could try to work it out or it would stop this project dead," said Carr. "This may be the last chance for this property as it is.""