Recently, Crotonblog commenter “Gut-C” mentioned four junked cars left in the parking area at Croton’s Echo Canoe Launch.
In fact, the junked cars, pictured below, were left by the Croton Fire Department for an upcoming training exercise.
Nearly three weeks later, the cars were removed from the area. However, another Crotonblog commenter, “TeaDrinker,” noticed that glass and auto debris remained scattered on the pavement and grass in the area.
Crotonblog went to the Echo Canoe Launch on Friday, July 13, 2007, found the parking lot conditions to be as described by “TeaDrinker,” and took these photos.
After leaving the area, Crotonblog stopped at the Department of Public Works to share our findings with them. As we were describing the dangerous and unsightly conditions to the office receptionist—who was unaware of the circumstances—Supervisor Ken Kraft yelled from his office, “I just sent crew down there to clean it after it was reported at 12.”
Since Crotonblog had just been in the area in question, we reiterated our findings. Looking up from his computer, Ken Kraft remarked, “A little bit of glass down there isn’t going to hurt anyone.”
Crotonblog reminded Mr. Kraft politely that any glass and auto debris on the ground was not acceptable in a village recreation area—especially one as sensitive as the Croton River estuary.
Perhaps perceiving that he had said the wrong thing, Mr. Kraft ended the exchange by saying, “I’m not going to go head to head with you. I’ll have to let the fire department know that they have to do a better job of cleaning up their area. Okay?”
As Crotonblog was taking notes outside, Supervisor Kraft appeared with a DPW laborer. Together they got into a DPW pickup truck and, without a word, sped off towards the southern end of the Croton-Harmon train station parking lot—presumably to do the job he had earlier dispatched a DPW crew to do.