Preserve Ramapo Questions Tax Payer Responsibility

Local activist group Preserve Ramapo sent a letter to assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Krause this week referring to recent violations made by the town of the Clean Water Act, which resulted in $125,000 fines and thousands of dollars worth of wetland repair. The group’s letter states that tax payers should not be paying for the fine an replacement of 2.2 acres of wetlands that had been filled and destroyed illegally during the building of the Provident Bank Park baseball stadium. Preserve Ramapo argued that the Local development Corporation that funded and owns the park should be paying the estimated near $425,000 cost. Town Attorney Michael Klein stated that the project was shared by the town and the LDC from the beginning, so the responsibility of infrastructure repairs falls on the town. According to Klein the original work on grounds, drainage, and roadways was done by the town before the LDC had ownership.

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