Dear Croton neighbors:
All the various legal actions surrounding the Metro Enviro site can be confusing. At present, the Village is engaged in four separate legal processes over this site:
The public should know that the Village’s insurance company, NYMIR, will defray the costs of Mr. Miranda’s work in the Greentree takings case. All costs for the other three processes are being borne solely by Village taxpayers.
The courts have resoundingly decided in the Village’s favor the particular argument of whether the Village has the right to issue a closure order based on evidence. Allied, the corporate owner of the Metro Enviro operation, has exhausted the venues for appealing on these grounds. Yet the landowner, Greentree continues to have standing to litigate for the site remaining a transfer station.
As we all know, Allied is in the process of selling its Westchester operations in Croton, Mamaroneck and Mount Kisco to an entity wholly owned by Regus Industries, a waste management holding company operating principally in the Northeast. The arm of Regus that proposes to take over the Metro Enviro site is Northeast Interchange Railway (NIR).
The Village issued a closure order for Metro Enviro to take effect on September 1. 2005, after Metro Enviro’s loss of legal standing to re-argue points with the court that it had already lost at the state’s highest court. Metro Enviro stopped accepting C&D waste that day and has begun the mandatory 90-day site clean up required by the state. Meanwhile the new operator, NIR, waits in the wings for its county license and state permits.
For more on these current issues, see the letters in the Metro Enviro section of the Crotonblog and the numerous “Metro Enviro” updates posted to village website. Better yet, sign up to receive email updates from the village on this and a host of other community matters at www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/subscriber.shtml.
Charles A. Kane
Leo A. W. Wiegman