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Cleanup

Work at former Bertges property being readied

March 18, 2013

Cleanup work at the former Bertges property on Lake Shore Drive in the city is being readied as the state Department of Envir-onmental Conservation has be-gun testing to see what needs to be......

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hadenough

Mar-18-13 9:25 AM

So no matter how you slice it the city and the tax payers dollars are going to be used to clean up the Bertges property. Wonderful. As for the boat storage area. The city leased the property but the contamination was most likely caused by the prior tenant. Why can't the prior tenant be held responsible for the clean up. Now please do not retort with how can you prove the contamination was caused by the former tenant. Soil samples and test will indicate whether the contamination was there prior to signing the first least or after the lease was signed. The previous administration has stuck the city with an environmental clean up. Now what do you say about the former mayor or are you going to hold off until the bill arrives?

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PhilJulian

Mar-18-13 9:47 AM

It seems to me the city shoud not be using taxpayer money to speculate in the real estate business. This is especially true where there may be environmental issues.

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hadenough

Mar-18-13 10:00 AM

Phil, the city should not have spent 40 some thousand dollars on Memorial Park having the work performed by a 912 member whose job description did not allow for this kind of work. But considering who was driving the city into the ground for the last ten years allowing the infrastructure to decay to the point it's at for the sake of planting trees and bushes just goes to show how interested the taxpayer was about how their money was spent.

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Escapee

Mar-18-13 11:23 AM

I agree with Phil, the city shouldn’t be in the real estate speculation business at all. Do you really think the city, risking other people’s money, will make decisions in the best interest of the taxpayers? I think it’s more about the city subsidizing other peoples (a select few) businesses. Of course there will be grand promises of jobs and prosperity, but in the end the city will end up taking financial risks so that others can do things like open bars on the dock without risking their own money. When the city enters into real estate speculation, the risk/reward ratio is stacked against the taxpayers. I used to enjoy a summer evening’s stroll on the dock, not anymore. The boardwalk is a great example of the city’s real estate prowess. I’m not saying that business on the dock is not a good thing, I’m saying the boardwalk is not worth what it costs taxpayers.

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joew

Mar-18-13 11:33 AM

hadenough-your last comment sounds just like what's happening with the current occupant of the White House. His job description didn't allow for that kind of work either and the taxpayers don't care that the country is being run into the ground. It's obviously some sort of pandemic and it's wide spread! Just an observation,carry on.

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jamesamuscato

Mar-18-13 3:45 PM

Since when is the City responsible for the clean up of the AL-TECH property. This project has been in the works for a long time and handled by the DEC.

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jamesamuscato

Mar-18-13 3:49 PM

Unless it happened recently, the City does not have title to any property at the former steel plant site.

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hadenough

Mar-18-13 4:29 PM

joew

Semper Fi

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Shoegirl

Mar-18-13 6:21 PM

Seriously, Who is writing these articles for the city. It's an embarrassment. I guess if this article was written correctly, we would know who was doing what in this city...

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hadenough

Mar-18-13 7:31 PM

To those who read these articles and respond. When was the last time a sitting mayor actually took the unions to task asking them to give up something? The city unions have amassed a war chest of money to fight the administration to get their demands. The mayor should put all upgrades to the city on hold and use the funds to fight the unions so that we the taxpayer can get some relief. of course this will never happen as the mayor is in bed with the unions and while I am at it the mayor and previous mayors gave the unions what they wanted so the city would look good and the taxpayer would take the hit. Make no mistake about it. the mayoral appointees could and should be paid less money than they are getting. Imagine their retirement pay when they leave. Which will be never as they are making to much money to give it up.

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225522

Mar-18-13 9:22 PM

Did they not need a plan when the dining establishment was to be built there? Now we have to test to see what's there. Huummmm.

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225522

Mar-18-13 9:28 PM

And another thing: Too many balls in the air and none landing...Seawall, Flickenger property, Central avenue from *** to Third St, Boat storange yard, All- Tech and now this. Why not tackle one or two and get 'em done?

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