Now that Federal Court Judge Colleen McMahon has sided with Buffalo Southern Railroad by ruling that the village is legally restrained from pursuing eminent domain for the property at 1A Croton Point Avenue, what is to become of Croton’s aging Department of Public Works facility?
It was only in February 2006, when top village officials took to the podium during a public hearing (see: “Not So Imminent Eminent Domain in Croton”) to deliver a dire state of the DPW facility address. In short, according to DPW Supervisor Ken Kraft, the existing site (photo gallery) located in the middle of the Croton Harmon train station parking lot was no longer suitable for current and future operations.
Never mind that the 10-acre property at 1A Croton Point Avenue (satellite map) was more than the village had said was needed for a new facility.
Forget about the 4-acre parcel on Route 129 neighboring the Croton Harmon bus garage that is for sale, priced at $650,000 (see: “Alternate Site for New Croton DPW Facility Comes to Market”).
Most importantly, pretend that former Mayor Robert Elliott who served the village for 14 years and during his tenure also recognized the need for a new DPW facility, never considered proposing to landowner Greentree Realty, LLC a subdivision of the property, thus providing room for a new DPW site while former tenant Metro Enviro, LLC continued to operate at the site.
So after more than 7 years of struggle and more than $750,000 in legal fees, Croton has neither control over the future operations of any tenant at the site nor does the Village have a new DPW facility.
And on the heels of another 9.5 percent tax increase, its also best to make believe that the Republican board majority—while under the influence of the intoxicating Maria Cudequest (search)—didn’t decline to negotiate a tonnage fee structure with Metro Enviro, then Northeast Interchange Railway and now Buffalo Southern Railroad that would have added nearly one million in revenue annually to the village coffers.
Therefore, once again, since the “We don’t negotiate” Schmidt team are responsible for this loss of much-needed revenue, Crotonblog is compelled to ask the mayor, “What’s up, Doc?”