Re: Feb 21 Veterans Field Meeting
Republican Douglas Dorito “was dismissed as just being "political" by then Mayor Bryan Christiansen.” WOW, the “pot calling the kettle black”, talk about a psychological defense mechanism, Christiansen projected his own faults onto Dorito, just typical of his narcissistic character.
From what I have read about our former “Mayor” and now his toxic dumping at Veterans Field, he truly is a vile human being and your right, “you do reap what you sow.”
“I am sure there is a special place waiting for you in the afterlife.” I am sure, Lucifer is already stoking his fires.
Re: Feb 21 Veterans Field Meeting
Edgewater residents voice concerns on Veterans Field clean-up
Thursday, March 1, 2012 Last updated: Friday March 2, 2012, 1:23 AM
BY SVETLANA SHKOLNIKOVA
EDGEWATER — Officials leading remediation efforts at Veterans Field hosted a public forum for borough residents for the first time on Feb. 20, fielding questions and concerns about plans to rid the land of contaminants.
The park on River Road was closed in September after contaminants, including PCBs and PAHs, were found in the soil at quantities above residential standards.
The current project proposal, estimated to cost between $8 and $10 million, calls for the excavation of five "hot spots" and the "capping" of ground elsewhere. The hot spots contain PCB contamination down to 2.5 feet of soil, all of which will be removed and replaced with clean fill. Capping will cover exposed PAH-contaminated soil and take the form of either clean fill or the construction of buildings and pavement. Paved surfaces already in place, such as the Edgewater Community Center, the basketball and tennis courts and parking lots, are considered safe.
The entire area is expected to be elevated 4 to 6 feet. New drainage and irrigation systems created as a result should eliminate flooding problems, said Stephanie Santos of Neglia Engineering.
Santos outlined a plan that would add a dog run, a new playground and a parking lot with 71 extra spaces. Memorial trees, bought and dedicated by Edgewater residents to their loved ones, will be removed, balled up, preserved and then replanted. Existing exercise equipment will be removed and reset while new picnic tables, grills, bleachers and dugouts will be installed.
Once the Department of Environmental Protection approves the plans, firms will be able to bid on the project. The projected completion date of the clean-up and restoration of Veterans Field is spring of 2013.
Health and safety were the top concerns of the evening forum, especially in regard to the contaminants and the threat they may pose during remediation.
Kelly Powers, a resident of Waterside Condominiums, whose patio doors are less than 20 feet from Veterans Field, expressed worries about the effect of excavation efforts on the air.
Though Ronald Dooney Jr. of TERMS Environmental Services, Inc., maintained that any dust that arose from the earth would be hosed down and that the only harm the contaminants could cause came from ingestion, Powers remained skeptical.
"When they excavate, they're going to be activating carcinogens," she said. "Suppose it's a windy day... I'm just thinking about 9/11 and the first responders; they were told everything was OK too."
The proposed dog run drew ire from Councilman David Jordan, who said Edgewater would be reduced to "skinny dogs but fat and unskilled citizens" in a Letter to the Editor of this newspaper last month. Resident and former Councilwoman Mary Hogan took issue with the location of the run, which placed it near a playground in what is now a picnic grove.
"There's an old saying: you don't [expletive] where you eat," said Hogan to the council, Mayor Delaney, Santos and Dooney, adding, "we don't want dogs to [expletive] where we eat or where we play," drawing applause from the crowd.
Questions about the effect of the contamination on groundwater as well as the geese that regularly graze in the park had no clear answers as the EPA does not require groundwater to be cleaned if contamination is in soil fill and the geese have not been examined.
Many residents voiced their anger over the delayed discovery of the contaminants. When original plans for Veterans Field got underway in 2006, soil testing showed the presence of historic fill but the now-defunct engineering firm Schoor DePalma said there was not much they could do about it, according to Borough Administrator Greg Franz.
After Green Acres, the non-profit program funding the project, gave the go-ahead anyway, construction of the basketball and tennis courts commenced.
A second round of testing was required before the installation of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. Erosion issues kept the project stalled while an extra $600,000 was raised for embankment stabilization. It was during this time that additional analysis on the soil revealed the presence of contaminants that, at their worst, were seven times greater than government standards.
Though the contaminants were present in the field for many years prior to construction of facilities, Dooney and Franz attributed the findings to changing EPA requirements.
"Standards 30 years ago are a lot different from the standards today," said Franz. "Most of the contaminants they found are literally points above acceptable limits. We're not talking anything significant."
The last EPA standard change occurred in 2008. The historic fill Veterans Field currently stands on was last brought in from the Shelter Bay development north of the park in 1986. Los Angeles developer Nathan Weissman, president of the Shelter Bay Club Sponsor Corporation, faced a lawsuit by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that year for unlawfully dumping soil, concrete rubble and river silt into the park while building a 60-unit luxury condominium project.
Residents then complained of a mound of mud and construction rubble so heavy it pushed up the bottom of the Hudson River. The mud heap, at least 50 feet wide and 10 to 15 feet high, nearly destroyed the river's shallow-water habitat.
"They've ruined the whole field," Donald Kopczynski, a life-long Edgewater resident, told The Record in November of 1986. "You can't see the river anymore. The river muck is loaded with salt. Nothing will ever grow there again."
Mayor Thomas Tansey and all Edgewater council members except one, sole Republican Councilman Doug DeRito, allowed Weissman to dump the fill into the park in return for grading and seeding the area and installing a jogging track at no cost to the borough.
Tansey later served three years in prison for taking $20,000 in bribes from mob-connected developers to push through real estate ventures, including Shelter Bay.
Though PCB testing of the mud in 1986 met federal safety standards, the Corps of Engineers ordered Weissman to immediately remove the fill.
More than 25 years later, Kopczynski believes the events of the 1980s have come back to haunt Edgewater.
"They should've done something back then," he said, adding that it was only because of pressure from residents that the abuse of Veterans Field was stopped.
Re: Feb 21 Veterans Field Meeting
Let me guess--the 71 parking spaces never came up in the Feb. 21st meeting?
(I was out of town and couldn't attend the barely publicized bs meeting.)
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