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Adoption of Findings Statement for 1A Croton Point Avenue Tabled by Village Board

April 20, 2006

Video: This video clip (view full-screen) is 28 min. 7 sec. and begins after Village Manger Rick Herbek reads the “Adoption of Findings Statement for New DPW Facility at 1A Croton Point Avenue” resolution to the public.

Summary: During the April 17, 2006 Village Board meeting, a resolution was introduced to residents by Village Manager Rick Herbek. The resolution—item d. called “Adoption of the findings statement in connection with the proposed acquisition of 1A Croton Point Avenue“—was met with questions from both Trustee Ann Gallelli and Charlie Kane.

Ultimately, after an in-depth discussion, the board decided to “table” the resolution until a search (see: “Lucky Croton Finds Legal Specialists for Eminent Domain”)—currently underway—by Mr. Herbek is concluded to hire an attorney that specializes eminent domain law who could provide the village with additional expert advice prior to proceeding further in this action.

On April 28, 2006 9:47 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

And so, I read in the newspaper this morning that the Judge has told the village that the transfer station has to be allowed back into Croton with a permit—which, if I am not mistaken—was where we were about a year and a half and many thousands of dollars ago.

On April 22, 2006 10:54 AM, Reality Check said:

Time for another Reality Check.

The current status of the eminent domain proceedings, concerning the former Metro Enviro site, highlights the utter failing of the Schmidt administration and the mayor’s hand picked counsel, Ms. Stecich. I have previously commented on the intricacies of condemnation and the obvious need to have experienced counsel on board from the get go. Well, the Schmidt administration failed to do that and now there are no ready or authoritative answers available to the legitimate questions being raised by Mr. Weigman, Mr. Kane and Ms. Gallelli.

Make no mistake about it, at this point I favor condemnation, but I also strongly support the position taken by the democratic members of the Village Board who seek more information, more careful consideration of what we are doing and a higher level of expertise in our counsel.

I raised the question quite some time ago and I still don’t know the answer. What exactly is Ms. Stecich’s experience in eminent domain? How many contested condemnations has she successfully litigated? Shouldn’t Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Brennan have wanted to know this as well, before starting down an unfamiliar path?

From what I hear, efforts are now underway to identify and retain an appropriate expert in the field. I just hope it isn’t too little too late.

And that, my friends, is a Reality Check.

On April 20, 2006 11:47 AM, weewill said:

After listening again to the tape of the discussions at last week’s village board meeting it’s obvious that the Mayor and Trustee Brennan have mistakenly come to the wrong conclusion about the intent of Trustees Gallelli, Kane and Wiegman relative to the eminent domain proceedings for the 1A Croton Point Avenue property.

No where have Trustees Gallelli, Kane and Wiegman stated they want to “change direction.” Perhaps the Mayor and Trustee Brennan are so determined to blindly forge ahead with inadequate information that they haven’t really listened to what their three colleagues have been saying.

What Ann, Charlie and Leo have clearly stated over and over again, ( both in their election promises and now in their statements from the dais) is that they want to proceed cautiously and with every bit of information available to protect the village from the sure to follow challenges by the property owners. They have never indicated they want to stop the action. They refuse to be bullied or rushed into making what could be very serious mistakes in either procedures or processes that might interfere with a final victory for the village.

To most of us this seems prudent and wise — not a change in direction, but a more responsible approach.

Georgianna Grant


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