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Lake Shore Drive property to be cleaned up

February 2, 2013

The city of Dunkirk will see another brownfield cleanup with the Bertges property on Lake Shore Driv....

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commentor

Feb-02-13 8:19 AM

Once again the City of Dunkirk made a bad move. This property should have been cleaned up by the owner (Bertges) before the city made the purchase. Now taxpayers end up footing the bill. If the property was sold to a private owner it would have been discovered when a mortgage was applied for. If this is not correct please post the correct information.

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Captain

Feb-02-13 9:30 AM

Not too long ago, Neratko said he was surprised when Krog made it known that it was no longer interested in developing the property. Surprised? Really? It's about as surprising as finding out the DLDC agreed to let Bentges off the hook for these clean up costs as part of the acquisition deal.

Don't worry, I'm sure after the clean up is complete, Krog will suddenly appear and be named the preferred developer once again.

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hadenough

Feb-02-13 9:46 AM

Why bother? No one in their right mind is going to buy the property much less build on it. Regressing. who in the city approved the purchase of the property? Aand for what reason? A kickback? How much more are the people of Dunkirk goig to take. Quite a bit from what I can see.

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PhilJulian

Feb-02-13 9:55 AM

Another great investment for the city! Reminds me of the purchase of the main street near Rt. 5 property about 20 years ago. That little folly cost taxpayers over $400,000 and the land still sits vacant today. The DLDC should have one purpose only and that is to attract private sector investment and job creation. If that is too much to ask then we should abolish the DLDC.

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hadenough

Feb-02-13 10:42 AM

The time has come for the residents of Dunkirk to realize that land purchases made during the last administration were a waste of money. property was bought up without prior inspection to contamination or other problems. Why our tax dollars used for these purchases? It is because the residents do not question the actions of their elected officials. Those elected can hire at will, purchase property at will, do things that cost the taxpayer money and no one challenges these decisions. Why? How much money was wasted on pet projects of the previous mayor. We the residents will see nothing of this. Are we that afraid to question these decisions to spend our tax dollars. In short yes we are. The mayor and council are not infallible. But they are smart in that they make these decisions behind closed doors and vote on them at the council meetings. And the loser is the taxpayer. The winner those who award the contracts and the benefits these awards have. Fantasy thinking? NO.

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rumblefish

Feb-02-13 11:59 AM

the reoccurring question is the same, how much is this clean up going to cost the over-burdened tax payer,and is it necessary to throw more money into clean-up when other properties that have been cleaned stand non- developed

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foreveratownie

Feb-02-13 3:29 PM

They have no choice at this point. The past administration bought the property as is and let Bertges off the hook. Nothing can be done about that now. DEC says a cleanup needs to take place. Krog pulls out and DLC doesn't have enough money to do cleanup on its own right away. What other choice do they have with the cards they were dealt? I'd rather they didn't let the contaminates sit and leak into the lake.

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commentor

Feb-02-13 4:16 PM

You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to know the property was contaminated. It was a garage. Hello......oil, gasoline. Clean up is very very expensive.

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popawheelie

Feb-02-13 8:58 PM

can anybody say boat trailer parking; I think you can.

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DKexpat

Feb-02-13 9:10 PM

For any Dunkirk agency, regulatory or contracting agency to let Berges off the hook - -

For failure to conduct even a modicum of due dilegence

Dor a lack of common sense - -

For a professionalism - -

For a sweetheart deal? - -

...is incompetence to the point of negligence.

And taxpayers, once again, are left to pick up the pieces...

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