Guilderland to deal with trashy properties

Town to clean illegal junkyard, hears


After years of hearing complaints about the condition of the property, the Guilderland Town Board has discovered the junkyard at 3600 Western Ave. is illegal, to boot.

Despite this finding, the board decided it would accept bids from private contractors to clean up the property owned by Robert Ciembroniewicz. Once the board accepts a bid, work will begin on the property with the costs appearing on Ciembroniewicz's property tax bill.

A 1998 local law passed by the Town Board makes the operation of a junkyard in the Town of Guilderland illegal. This means that in its current form the operation run on the property has been illegal since its inception, and will need to be revamped into a recycling facility if operations on the site are to continue.

Zoning Enforcement Officer Rodger Stone reported to the board in December that he saw progress being made on the condition of the property, but at the Tuesday, Jan. 19, meeting, he said that progress has come to a halt.

I've seen limited action, and almost none in the last three to four weeks. Stone said in some ways the situation has gotten worse, citing the addition of two additional unlicensed vehicles to be crushed by the crusher operated by Ciembroniewicz.

The oily runoff from the property that Stone said had "virtually stopped" in December, apparently has returned. At Tuesday's meeting Stone said there is still an oil sheen leading into a drainage ditch on Route 20.

Ciembroniewicz has also failed to have an engineering firm provide a discharge report and sediment control plan to the board, Stone said. "The engineering firm has not prepared it because they haven't been paid."

Ciembroniewicz was on hand at the meeting, along with his friend Ray Goodman, who helps him run the junk yard. Goodman said that he and Ciembroniewicz have cleared 200 tons of steel from the property, and are developing plans to have the crusher housed in a building 500 feet away from the road.

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