Dutchess County to sell contaminated properties; new owner will remediate

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Three properties, seized by Dutchess County, and with environmental issues, will be sold to one new owner.  A stipulation of the sale is that Gas Land Petroleum, Inc. will remediate environmental issues relating to petroleum contamination not caused by the prior owner, the county, or the new owner.
The properties are at 538 Route 52 in the Town of Fishkill, 2755 W. Main Street in Wappingers Falls, and 1592 Route 376 in the Town of Wappinger. 
Gas Land will pay $75,000, or $25,000 each for the three properties, and according to the resolution, “other good and valuable consideration” and will put the property to unspecified public use. 
Democrat Legislator Joel Tyner introduced a general amendment requiring public notification anytime contamination is found.
“The folks there in both those gas stations were not informed about contamination,” Tyner claimed.  “From here-on forward, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health will warn residents of toxins in neighborhoods where groundwater contamination has been found.”
Legislature Chairman Dale Borchert ruled the amendment out of order.
Tyner then expressed general dissatisfaction with the lack of information.
 “We’ve all been told for decades that everything’s fine in Dutchess County; everything’s not fine,” Tyner said, contending he is not being given information in a timely manner, or not getting the info at all. 
County Attorney James Fedorchak responded to that assertion.
“I have had no request for that report since the committee meetings last week,” Fedorchak said.  “I have a copy of the report here tonight that I’ll give to the county clerk, by the legislative clerk, and it will relate the history of the property as related to the county by the Chazen Company in their estimate for remediation done on June 15, 2015.”
With no further discussion, the resolution to sell the three properties passed on a 24 to 1 vote with Tyner dissenting.