Colonie town board adopts spoils policy

Since June, the current administration, which took over the reins in January, has taken administrative action against two town employees, Public Works Operations Supervisor William Neeley and Highway Maintenance Supervisor Thomas Romano, for their alleged involvement in the Rod and Gun club paving project.

Under the new policy, landowners would need to complete a request for spoils. A list will be drawn up of those individuals who have completed a request and would be made public on the Town of Colonie Web site and through the Department of Public Works.

When there is not a designated dumping spot for excess spoils, the Commissioner of the DPW will be responsible for choosing who gets the excess spoils based on order of the list.

The policy also states, "The Town of Colonie does not warrant the use of this material for structural fills. Environmental licensing may be required, and once placed on the property is the sole responsibility of the property owner."

None of the board members questioned the policy when it came to a vote at the Nov. 6 meeting. Three of the council members on the current board also sat on the previous Town Board at the time when the paving job occurred.

One of those Republican board members, Brian Hogan, said he wasn't sure why the previous administration didn't have a spoils policy in place.

"It just never came to the Town Board, I guess," said Hogan.

He said he believes the previous administration did have a certain form they followed to dump spoils, even though the issue of an actual spoils policy was never voted on.""

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