According to New York State Department of Environmental Protection regulations, the Village of Croton-on-Hudson must have a storm-water management plan in place—and it does. In fact, the plan is reviewed with great fanfare each year at a public meeting by the mayor and the board of trustees. Furthermore, Croton has laws on the books to ensure that aspects of the storm-water management plan can be enforced.
It appears that the village is violating its own regulations by creating and tolerating a public nuisance and should take itself to court. Clogged drains are clearly a threat to public health, safety and welfare.
§ 196-26. Injunctive relief.
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any provision or fail to comply with any of the requirements of this article. If a person has violated or continues to violate the provisions of this article, the SMO may request the Village Attorney to petition for a preliminary or permanent injunction restraining the person from activities which would create further violations or compelling the person to perform abatement or remediation of the violation.
§ 196-27. Violations deemed public nuisance.
In addition to the enforcement processes and penalties provided, any condition caused or permitted to exist in violation of any of the provisions of this article is a threat to public health, safety, and welfare, and is declared and deemed a nuisance, and may be summarily abated or restored at the violator’s expense, and/or a civil action to abate, enjoin, or otherwise compel the cessation of such nuisance may be taken.
In the Harmon section of Croton, however, one storm drain has escaped the notice of the village. It is certainly not exempt from application of the law. This drain, located at the southeastern corner of South Riverside Avenue and Benedict Boulevard, is completely obstructed by debris. Not only obstructed by litter, gravel, leaves and twigs—but by two massive six-foot-long 2” by 6” and 2” by 12” pieces of lumber. So overloaded is it by such an illegal and unseemly mess, one can barely see the plaque cemented next to the drain that cautions about dumping anything there because it drains directly to the Hudson River. Here’s pictures of the storm drain on taken on July 7 and 9, 2008 (Click each photo to enlarge.):
Crotonblog continues to be baffled by the shameful neglect of the village of Croton by Mayor Schmidt, who seems to be able to close his eyes to the obvious. Although he rants and raves regularly, throws public temper-tantrums, and attempts to villainize Crotonblog for pointing out the ills that are being papered over on his watch, we must again ask the pointed question, “Mayor Schmidt, who’s minding the store?”