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  • Cleanup of Garden Street debris remains in litigation

  • Issues surrounding the cleanup and removal of debris from the summer 2011 demolition of the condemned row houses on Garden Street in the city of Little Falls remain in court.

    That is according to City Attorney Edward Rose who said because the matter remains in litigation he could not provide any further details other than to say it is currently “between lawyers.”

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  • Issues surrounding the cleanup and removal of debris from the summer 2011 demolition of the condemned row houses on Garden Street in the city of Little Falls remain in court.
    That is according to City Attorney Edward Rose who said because the matter remains in litigation he could not provide any further details other than to say it is currently “between lawyers.”
    “There is ongoing correspondence regarding the matter between the city and the contractor in question’s lawyer and that is all I can say about the matter,” he said as he spoke earlier this month.
    The past
    The members of the Common Council in September 2011 unanimously voted to hire D&S Excavating and Alpine Environmental Service to provide the air monitoring required to complete the demolition at 519-521 Garden St., with the funding for the project coming from up to $65,000 in Community Development Block Grant moneys previously awarded to the city’s Urban Renewal Agency.
    The decision to hire the firms came after the Common Council voted to acquire the property from Herkimer County in order to complete the demolition that began in July 2011, as the county was in process of completing the in rem tax proceedings on the premises and there were no legal means to collect the demolition costs other than imposing a lien on the parcel.
    The owner of the parcel previously consented to the demolition of the premises.
    The present
    While the matter remains in litigation, Mayor Robert Peters said the city would look to hire a new contractor to complete the cleanup of the site and to remove the remaining demolition debris.
    “While this issue remains in court, the city cannot wait for a settlement to be reached or for a decision to be made. That is why I would like to see the city hire another contractor to come in and finish the job and make the site look nice and neat,” Peters said as he spoke earlier this month.
    The mayor said he did not have a specific timetable as for when a contractor could be hired.
    The future
    When the cleanup is complete and the debris has been removed, plans or the vacant parcel call for fencing to be installed along the back of the property, to prevent pedestrians from falling from Garden Street to Second Street below. Plans also call for some site work to bring the parcel up to grade, however, wherever the fence is installed on the property is where the parcel is going to end.
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