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Schmidt Considering All Options on Metro Enviro

October 18, 2005

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At the October 17, 2005 Village Board meeting, a Croton resident and Real Estate Attorney suggested that the Village immediately consider reaching a settlement agreement with the Construction Waste Transfer Station formerly operated by Metro Enviro.

The attorney, with 30 years of experience, advised among many other points that, …”This situation cries out for a settlement. The uncertainty, the risks to both sides. The potential benefits to both sides, I think far outweigh the possiblity of letting somebody or multiple persons wearing black robes make this decision for us”… I would like to propose the following settlement. I think we should receive a large sum up front, say a half a million dollars, to defray our legal expenses… Now, I also think they should pay us in terms of tonnage fees, a sum of about 1 million a year….”

Mayor Schmidt responded by saying, “Thank you for your time. We are considering all of our options with that. We are working through advice of counsel to see what we need to do moving on that issue forward.”

On October 19, 2005 4:27 PM, weewill said:

It may well be the same quote made on Oct. 9th’s blog post after Alice Kenney’s NY Times piece but if so, the Mayor repeated the same thing this past Monday evening, October 19th, on the televised village board meeting. Listen to the videostream above. He thanked Mr. Kaurderer for his comments and assured him that:

“Thank you for your time. We are considering all of our options with that. We are working through advice of counsel to see what we need to do moving on that issue forward.”

That “issue” being Kaurder’s encouragement for the board to meet with representatives of NIR and Greentree.

On October 19, 2005 1:08 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

So, either the Mayor is not being truthful to the public when he states that ALL options are being considered, or you are misleading people by posting an old quote - why not block out your name and address and post the whole letter with the date, so we can judge for ourselves if we are being deceived…

On October 19, 2005 1:04 PM, Pat Barua said:

Huh? Isn’t this exactly the same quote attributed to the mayor by ccc1 on October 9th (see Weewill’s post to the blog under Croton’s Kenny Pens Metro Enviro Article in NYT)?

Then and now, there is no indication of WHEN the mayor actually said this — and it does seem outdated for the reasons pointed out by other bloggers.

On October 19, 2005 12:46 PM, deepsix50 said: Instead of speculating, why not ask? We did. See below. Oh, and see the latest on NIR and its principals.

“…Thanks for your continued support, I continue my pledge to fight Metro and any other company wishing to open there…”

Thanks, Mayor Greg Schmidt

On October 18, 2005 7:28 PM, dors said:

I do declare deepsix50, do we have our tail between our legs? It’s okay to admit that Mr. Kauderer’s comments were well presented, full of facts, and loaded with possibilities. Mayor Schmidt would do well to heed Kauderers’ suggestions. Common courtesy? Now THAT’S hysterical.

On October 18, 2005 1:47 PM, weewill said:

No, No deepsix - Mayor Schmidt and the board committed to no negotiations with Metro Enviro - That’s over and done. Metro Enviro is out of the picture - no need to negotiate or discuss or have any interaction with them at all.

This is a new battle entirely and the board is absolutely right in recognizing their responsbility to try to reach an agreement through discussion and negotiation with the new entity.

They are keenly aware of the negative impact of a completey uncontrolled and unmonitored trash hauling operation at the site and will do everything necessary to protect us from such a disastrous result.

On October 18, 2005 12:18 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

Deepsix, Mayor Schmidt himself volunteered that ALL options are being explored - that is a big change from no negotiation. And you know that the resolve has not been lessened how? Please enlighten us all…

On October 18, 2005 12:11 PM, deepsix50 said:

Please do not mistake common courtesy with a lessening of resolve. Mayor Schmidt has retiterated his pledge to residents in response to their letters of support. Consideration of options is not negotiation.

On October 18, 2005 10:47 AM, TeaDrinker said:

Editors note: This videostream was not made possible by the Mayor. This video segment is provided by Crotonblog alone with no funding from or association with the Mayor and Board of Trustees.

Perhaps, “bojangles”, as noted in comment 3, has confused this videostreamed segment with a recent proposal by founder Michael Pollock, in which he has offered to videostream and archive the entire board meetings through the Village website.

Crotonblog recently wrote about Mr. Pollock’s proposal in an article called “Croton: A Village on Demand?

On October 18, 2005 10:34 AM, bojangles said:

The videostreaming of the village board meeting was fantastic, prompt and clear. Thanks to our Mayor for making this possible. This is an invaluable service!

On October 18, 2005 10:31 AM, weewill said:

Finally! The Mayor has indicted the board is considering ALL THE OPTIONS! Now that they have assured us they are willing to at least talk to the owners and operators of the waste transfer station, we can relax a little. We anxiously await the results of those talks.

This will probably be the most difficullt task this Mayor and board will ever face but as long as they consider ALL the legalities, options and consequences, we can’t fault them. We need to trust they’ll make their decision based on what’s best for the village. Win, lose or draw, we’ll know they did everything possible to protect Croton residents.

As stated by Mr. Kauderer at last night’s meeting, it’s the responsible action to take to protect taxpayers from having to pay and pay and pay for the forseeable future. We cannot be burdened by millions of dollars in legal fees without any assurance much less probability of winning.

And we need to have the ability to monitor and control the operations of this troublesome site.

On October 18, 2005 8:56 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

Well, well, so it seems we might be prepared to negotiate after all. Can’t wait to hear what Cudaquest, Rooney, Pellici etc. have to say about that. Minnett and Aarons were in attendance last night and must have heard Bruce Kauderer urge the board to negotiate and Mayor Schmidt’s response that all options were open. How come there was no outrage from them??

If anyone needs proof that this whole M/E situation is motivated by politics, watch for the response of the vocal minority whose chosen candidates are in office. They should be doubly outraged as they voted for people who said they would NEVER negotiate.

Having said all that, I am glad that they current administration is looking at all options. This situation needs a responsive and flexible mindset and negotiation is surely a way to explore all options.


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