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MUNICIPAL CLEAN UP PROGRAM EXPANDS TO 13 SITES IN COUNTY

Sullivan County, Taylor Recycling and Waste Management join in

June 11, 2007

[LIBERTY] – Ten derelict structures will be eliminated and three roadside areas cleaned up through a matching grants awarded by the Sullivan Renaissance Municipal Clean Up Grant Program.  [The list of projects and locations is attached below.]

 

The collaborative effort includes: the Sullivan County Legislature and Division of Public Works (DPW); Taylor Recycling Facility LLC of Montgomery, NY; and Waste Management of Beach Lake, PA.  Local municipalities will match over $40,000 in grants through in-kind contributions, private funds, and/or other sources of revenue.

 

“We want to thank Taylor Recycling and Waste Management for joining with our county and municipal officials to partner with us in this program to restore Sullivan County,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.  “While taking down old buildings is a big task, we’ve found that when we all work together, the job gets done.”

 

Now in its second year, the program assists municipalities with the clean up of roadside dump sites and the removal of derelict, unsightly and unsafe structures.

 

Sullivan County is waiving the tipping fees for disposal of construction and demolition (C&D) debris from seven of the ten buildings that will be demolished through this program.  These include a residence and garage in the Town of Bethel, the former Delmar Hotel in the Town of Liberty, a former Luxton Lake clubhouse in the Town of Tusten, two residential structures in Loch Sheldrake in the Town of Fallsburg, and a residence on Pleasant Street in the Village of Monticello.

 

“The County Legislature is pleased to partner with Sullivan Renaissance to safely remove and dispose of these structures.  Sullivan Renaissance has so many beautification efforts taking place around the county, and we feel that this project will only enhance those efforts.  We’d like to thank all involved for helping to create a more safe and beautiful Sullivan County,” said Chris Cunningham, who chairs the County Legislature.

 

With limited space in the landfill, the program encourages the separation, reduction and recycling of C&D debris prior to disposal.  To accomplish this goal, Sullivan Renaissance is collaborating with Taylor Recycling, the waste recovery company in Montgomery.  Its facility houses one of the most unique construction and demolition recycling operations in the world, where over 95% of the waste received is converted into valuable end products.

 

“Taylor Recycling is proud to partner with the Sullivan County Renaissance initiative.  This effort is a true testimony of the power of a public private partnership.  When business, municipalities, and charitable citizens get together the sky is the limit,” said Taylor Recycling chair Jim Taylor, Jr., “It is our esteemed pleasure to support the efforts of Sullivan County in restoring the beauty of one of the Hudson Valley’s greatest treasures.”

 

Taylor Recycling will be donating its services to process and recycle the debris from a building located on North Main Street in the Village of Liberty.  Village Code Enforcement Officer Pam Winters is working with the owner to demolish this unsafe and unsightly building. 

 

Taylor Recycling will also accept approximately 50 tons of C&D debris from two other buildings – one in Mountaindale and the other in South Fallsburg.

 

A new component of the program this year is the clean up of three roadside sites in collaboration with Waste Management of Beach Lake, PA.  Waste Management is donating roll-off containers and disposal of the debris at its Alliance Landfill.

 

“Waste Management’s Beach Lake Transfer Station is proud to clean and protect the environment by donating this service,” said Dan Card, Beach Lake’s manager, “Waste Management is a national sponsor of Keep American Beautiful and congratulates Sullivan Renaissance for organizing this program.”

 

The Towns of Fallsburg, Mamakating and Thompson will each receive a $3,000 grant through the program for a roadside cleanup project.  Fallsburg will use community service and prison work crews to clean up years of dumping along Willow Heights Avenue in South Fallsburg.  Mamakating will use its grant to clean up 1½ miles of newly developed trail along the D&H Canal Tow Path near Wurtsboro.  Volunteers and town work crews will remove over 500 tires, car chassis and other debris along the trail.

 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with a grant from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 

 

Other programs include: three categories of grants based on the size of the projects; special awards for environmental impact, historic preservation, showing of flowers and project maintenance; mini-grants; seasonal community matching grants; and SCCC scholarships.  The school program assists young people with beautification projects at their school grounds or in their communities. 

 

For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.

 

[Photos of the structures to be removed are available electronically.]

 

SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE MUNICIPAL CLEAN UP GRANT PROGRAM

 

The grant amounts listed below will be matched by the municipality or property owner on a dollar for dollar basis, using a combination of cash and/or in-kind services.  Unless otherwise noted, debris will be removed to the Sullivan County Landfill and tipping fees waived.

 

Building Demo Grants                                                  

Municipality                    Location                                           Grant              

 

Town of Bethel               Ballard Rd, Mongaup Valley                    $3,360 

Town of Bethel               Lt. Brender Hwy, Ferndale                      $1,750

Town of Fallsburg           Route 52, Loch Sheldrake                       $3,100

Town of Fallsburg           Divine Corners Rd, Loch Sheldrake          $1,500

Town of Fallsburg           Post Hill Rd, Mountaindale                      $5,000 1

Town of Fallsburg           Railroad Plaza, South Fallsburg              $5,000 1

Town of Liberty              Route 52, Loch Sheldrake                       $5,000

Town of Tusten              Luxton Lake Clubhouse                          $4,000 

Village of Liberty            North Main St., Liberty                           $5,000 2

Village of Monticello       Route 42, Monticello                              $ - 0 -  3                                                                                                                                                

Roadside Clean Up Grants

Municipality                             Location                                  Grant

 

Town of Fallsburg           Roadside – Willow Heights Rd.               $3,000 4                       

Town of Mamakating      Roadside – D&H Canal                           $3,000 4

Town of Thompson         Roadside – TBD                                     $3,000 4

                                                                                               

 

Total Grants Approved:                                                            $42,710

 

Footnotes:

1.  Due to the size of these buildings and limited space at the Sullivan County Landfill, Sullivan Renaissance has arranged to cover the first 25 tons of material taken to Taylor Recycling in Montgomery.  In this case, the building owner is responsible for the cost of hauling the material to Taylor, as well as disposal of any additional construction & demolition debris.

 

2.  Taylor Recycling has agreed to accept construction & demolition debris from this project at its facility in Montgomery as a charitable contribution toward the program.  As a result, the building will be diverted from the landfill, and 97% of the debris will be recycled or reused.

 

3.  The property owner has agreed to pay all costs associated with demolition of the building and hauling the debris to the landfill.  Tipping fees will be waived.

 

4.   Waste Management will provide one or more 30-yard roll-off containers for three roadside clean up projects and arrange for disposal at its Alliance Landfill solid waste facility as a charitable contribution toward the program.