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Code violator makes permit request

"This is a man who hasn't paid his fines he doesn't pay his bills," said Gardner. "I'd be very skeptical of his plan."

Gardner said that the county is also in the process of attempting to take control of Marotta's property.

"We're in court right now," said Gardner.

Gardner said the county's litigation with the Marotta began more than a year ago. Rotterdam officials have cited Marotta for violations for more than two years. Both the county Health Department and watershed board brought charges against Marotta, charging that the machinery and vehicles stored on his land could threaten a sensitive recharge area of the Great Flats Aquifer.

Shawn Schulz, a member of the group Friends of the Aquifer, has complained to town officials repeatedly about the Marotta property.

"I'll make my feelings quite clear," said Schultz. "This application is ridiculous.

It's mind boggling that he has the audacity to even apply for this."

Schultz said there are currently 11 pieces on the property, for which Marotta was fined last month. He has until July 14 to remove the various trailers and vehicles or he could face jail time.

"I live right across the street," said Schultz. "I've seen what he's done.""

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