Woodstock City Council Passes Law Requiring Landowners to Report Source of Dirt They Are Using as Landfill | Local News
WOODSTOCK, NY – City Council is on the verge of adopting a permitting system requiring landowners to provide information about the source of dirt they are using as backfill.
The bill went to a public hearing on Tuesday, July 13, but received no comment.
Supervisor Bill McKenna said the proposed settlement was prompted by the dumping of earth covered in demolition debris at 10 Church Road in Shady.
“It’s a mess up there,” he said. “We are now in court for this. “
Officials said about 1,000 meters of materials were brought to the site by Joseph Karolys, who was accused by officials of mishandling demolition debris at 1446 National Road 212 in Saugerties, as well as ” taking the materials to private landfills at 90 Goat Hill Road. and 33/43 route Fel Qui.
In 2019, Karolys endured a series of public hearings and court hearings involving his Saugerties actions as well as a cease and desist order which the city said was ignored. There had also been unannounced law enforcement actions on its properties. These legal issues have not yet been resolved.
In January 2020, McKenna began lobbying the issues surrounding the Karolys spill on Church Road, and at the end of the year began drafting regulations to prevent similar incidents.
“The biggest part of this law… is that the home inspector has the right to ask for receipts for any backfill that comes to any job in Woodstock,” he said. “This will help ensure that we know where the filling is coming from.”
In May 2020, the State Department of Environmental Conservation reported that the Church Road spill included soil containing asphalt, concrete, glass, brick, wood and identified materials. like coal / slag / ash. Officials said heavy rains in June washed away layers of soil that covered material normally found in demolition projects.
Vince Conigliaro, the owner of the 10 Church Road property and who hired Karolys as a contractor for the backfill, has been charged with breaking solid waste disposal laws. The case is heard by the Shandaken court, but its status was not immediately available.
City council members expect to vote on passing the filling and leveling law at their meeting on Tuesday, July 20.