Frank Nicolais decision is one that is good for Croton not for Regus, as some in this village would have liked. Regus must now go to the village and ask for a special permit to open up a waste transfer station on 1A Croton Point Avenue. In other words, the village board must first approve of any special permit before Regus can open.
We know how Mayor Schmidt and Trustee Brennan feel about this company and their abysmal record of environmental failure because they have been open and honest with the citizens of Croton. On the contrary, Trustees Gallelli, Kane and Wiegman have kept their cards so close to the vest that we will be entering into a public hearing on this matter not knowing how they feel about this company.
My belief is that they desperately want to make a deal, at least thats what their supporters urge them to do. Those of us who are interested in protecting Croton from this environmental hazard must come out in force on Monday night and let Trustees Kane, Wiegman and Gallelli know how we feel so that they do not make a mistake.
And just a quick closing note to those who say let them open but monitor the heck out of it, I respectfully offer that we have tried that solution and it has not worked. Metro-Enviro was supposed to be monitored but it never was and they ended up cooking the books and totally violating the terms of their special permit. Those of us who look to the Regus operation in Ohio are not stupid, we understand that the Ohio facility was a landfill and not a transfer station. However, looking at the violations of Regus at other sites across the country does offer one a glimpse into the corporate culture of this company and how they like to do business.
We have been burnt before and we can’t afford to be burnt again. Regus has a corporate culture that does not sit well with me and should not sit well with those who want to protect our village.
It is now in their hands. Lets hope they do the right thing for Croton. Thank you.
— Frank Simpson