Despite an order from the state Department of Conservation to shut down, neighbors say trucks keep coming in to Joe Karolys’ controversial construction and demolition debris dumps.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation on July 1 ordered controversial Saugerties dump owner Joe Karolys to “immediately begin removing all solid waste” from his three illegal C&D debris dumping sites.
After obtaining the proper warrants, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials finally got access last Friday morning to the Saugerties construction and demolition debris dump operated by Joe Karolys.
“As a 25-year native resident to Saugerties, I have never witnessed something so horrendous as the mess Mr. Karoyls has brought to our town,” writes a candidate for Town Board.
Both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the town of Saugerties are trying to gets a warrant to perform inspections at Joe Karolys’ controversial construction and demolition waste sites.
Catskill Mountainkeeper, Woodstock Land Conservancy and the Dump Here Never group are hosting a community forum on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Saugerties High School auditorium at 310 Washington Ave., to discuss the fight against the construction and demolition dump on Route 212 in Saugerties.
The operators of a number of controversial C&D dumps may be filing a lawsuit against the town, alleging that Saugerties is unlawfully interfering with their business.
The Town of Saugerties Zoning Board of Appeals last week affirmed a stop-work order for one of four of Joe Karolys’ properties that are being used as construction and demolition debris dumps. But that’s not enough to stop operations altogether at the four sites.
Apprehensive neighbors, afraid for their drinking water and exasperated by what they say is a loud and constant procession of debris-laden 18-wheelers, anxiously await an April 18 town Zoning Board of Appeals meeting that, they hope, will spur the shutdown of a local construction and demolition debris dumping operation.
A meeting Tuesday night at Woodstock Day School about a controversial quartet of dumps in Saugerties drew about 30 residents, many of whom voiced their concerns about potential harm to their drinking water from the site, and also the impact of the noise associated with the constant influx of trucks laden with construction and demolition debris.