This time appearing as a private citizen and not as an affiliate of the Croton GOP/Republican party (see also:”Wintermeier Stands Corrected by Croton Village Attorney Stecich”), long-time Metro Enviro/Allied Waste opponent Robert Wintermeier stepped up to the podium at a recent Village of Croton-on-Hudson Board Meeting held on January 17, 2006 to offer his advice to the Schmidt Team (R), should they decide to reverse their prior public assurance not to NEGOTIATE with Metro Enviro, and begin to NEGOTIATE with either Regus Industries, Northeast Interchange Railway or Greentree Realty LLC over the fate of the now-shuddered construnction and demolition (C&D) transfer site located at 1A Croton Point Avenue (map).
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Bob Wintermeier: “Good evening. Bob Wintermeier, 43 Radnor Avenue. I saw a couple of items on the agenda and I wanted to step by, ah stop by based on some comments the last time. The last time I was here I said there was only two alternatives and I was somewhat pleased to see that you are addressing a third which I had not suggested because of my concern about the possible cost and that is eminent domain. And I see that is going to be coming up. You’re looking for some kind of public hearing on February the sixth (see resolution).
Ah, just as background I remember years ago when we were fighting Allied (cough, cough) Allied Waste, it was evident that ah, the lawyer, Steinmetz felt that when I asked how much it would cost to take over that property regarding eminent domain, he wouldn’t give me an answer. So, I came up with a number, I said $10 million, which I’ve always lived as what they would consider reasonable. He laughed at me when I said $10 million, he said we’d be glad to take that right now. And the only reason I’m saying that is that I’m hoping whatever this eminent domain leads to, it is certainly less than than the $10 million because I think that’s a strain on the budgets of the taxpayers. I think that there are other alternatives to explore before that. But I just wanted to make that point about the $10 million that had been brought up.
Also, there is a suggestion that’s been bandied about, I think Charlie and possibly Leo, ah, have talked about it, amortization. And I’m not sure that’s the same amortization that Ann Gallelli is talking about over here in the correspondence. There’s a whole bunch of things that are involved in ah, that particular topic but I’m assuming that amortization is negotiating once again with Greentree and NIR. And if that’s what we’re talking about ah, I’ve still got some concerns about that as I mentioned last time, I’m not in favor of negotiation.
By the way, I don’t speak for any party. I speak as an individual when I come up here so I hope everybody understands that.
The ah, that’s an idea that from what I recall way back when we were first addressing Allied Waste, or Metro Enviro. Deb McCarthy brought up. And so I’m surprised that now it’s being brought up again because it was rejected as something that wasn’t viable. Ah, so I’ll be curious to hear what’s new when we go back into the work sessions and the public hearing.
In regards to, if we are going to negotiate, my concern is we’re going to be negotiating once again with NIR and ah, we need protection. We need citizen protection. The last attempt we made at negotiating was an abysmal failure from my standpoint. And we need, ah if we’re, if we end up negotiating for a permit, we’re going to need enforceable clauses, penalties. We’re going to need limits. A number of times an event occurs and if they occur too often, then, if we do negotiate with these people, they should be evicted.
Ah, we’ve also gotta watch out and I’m getting some comments from folks in the Village that there’s ah, there’s thought that our facility here in Croton could be used for out-of-county waste. In other words, it could be used by folks from Connecticut as we’ve heard happen in the past. Ah, it could be used by people from New York City. It could become a very viable outlet for C&D transfer. So, we should make sure we don’t have any C&D material coming in from out of our area.
I’m also we should really make sure whoever we do negotiate and I’m not sure if that’s gonna be NIR, but from what I’ve heard I’m not sure that’s the outcome you wanna do, deal with. But we’ve gotta make sure they’ve got a reputable record of operations in any prior situation that they have operated in.
Ah, and one last comment in regards to that is that ah, we have to negotiate not just with Regus and NIR. We also have to negotiate with Greentree. I would hope that under the topic of amortization there’s a time limit, it should probably be shorter. I’ve heard 5 to 9 years. If you go for the shorter number because my guess is that there will be violations and I’m more concerned that we’ll find at the end of the timeframe that you negotiate, if you negotiate, that you’ll suddenly find out that there’s another waster transfer operation who wants to pick up from Greenrtee.
So, no negotiation is worth while unless you get Greentree to sign that this ends in whatever timeframe you select. 5 or 9 years. You gotta get ‘em both out and both on that contract, not just one or the other. So, I just wanted to pass those thoughts on because a I said, we’ve had a lot of discussion and ah, in regards to those topics.”
Trustee Thomas Brennan: “Thanks Bob.”
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Related:”Croton may seize waste station” by SEAN GORMAN, THE JOURNAL NEWS (Original publication: January 20, 2006)