City need to forward specific concerns to Boose

About Eagle gas station.
Scott Seitz2
Aug 16, 2014

A state official said Wednesday there are proper steps to take in dealing with the fomer Eagle gas station.

"The city of Norwalk can't just say, 'we'd like you to take care of this gas station for us,'" said State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk Township).

Boose said there is a process and it should begin with BUSTR (Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks Regulations).

City council members have't been thrilled with BUSTR's progress.

"They do a lot," Boose said about BUSTR. "And, if you ask them, they will say they are grossly underfunded. I know they don't have as much money as they had at one time. They still have a number of employees, but they don't have money to pass along to the city."

Boose has recently met with Councilman Dave Wallace, the city administration and Councilman Stephen Schumm about the Eagle situation.

"As far as what the state can do, the law is carefully worded what can be done on someone's private property," Boose said. "You can't just go on to someone's property. You have to have a reason."

Boose stressed again there is a process to go through.

"To the best of my knowledge, the property has never been deemed a nuisance or a problem," he said. "And, BUSTR has inspected the property and has not found that the tanks leak.

"The court or the health department has to determine the property is a nuisance," Boose said. "The city has to ask them to do that.

"Again, to the best of my knowledge, the property has not been declared a nuisance," he said.

"Once that happens, there are a lot of things to look at," Boose said. "Maybe we need to look at changing the law.

"The state can't pay for every abandoned gas station around the state," Boose said. "I told the administration and Councilman Wallace to let me know if they want me to contact the Attorney General's office or go in some other direction. But, they need to be specific on what they want me to do.

"I can look to see if any grant money is available, but I know that grant money is drying up," Boose said. "If the city has something specific, they need to bring it to me."

Comments

hit the road jack

Regardless as to if the tanks leaded or not the state requires you to remove tanks from ground 365 days after you close shop after that the state is supposed to remove tanks and bill you for it and any hazardous materials(contaminated ground) be removed and disposed of,whether the BUSTER program is broke? I doubt it,if they need more money they just raise the insurance rate they charge EVERYONE who has an underground tank,period!

DaMob

If this had anything to do with agriculture, boose would be all over it.

Really are you ...

Well down on the farm... If there was a tree on the property line. We'd talk to the neighbor, and ripper on out of there. Has anyone contacted the owner? Abandoned? Eyesore? That place has been there for so long. Tucked in shade trees. The last time I looked to that side of the road as I was driving Down Benedict Ave, there was broken glass on the door to that place. Has that been fixed by the owner? Or is that opening the door for a wildlife shelter?

Come on Terry. You represent us. You have never driven around The City of Norwalk? How about seeing this building as you pass it in a 4th of July parade?

CrankyBalls

I drove by the other day and noticed that someone finally cut down and removed all the weeds and such. I almost couldn't believe it was the same place. The jungle is gone.

truckin

I am still just shaking my head..
Bureau of underground tanks.. WOW..that's a new one for me
A bureau for this.. for that, No wonder so many talk about the massive Government web and there is no way to escape..

DaPlane

Ha ha. Gotta love a representative who is from this community distancing himself by passing the buck.

Whoopball

Yeah, you all do the heavy lifting and I'll be glad to take all the credit.

44846GWP

Find the bumb that owns the property and take him for everything he's got.

yoside199

Maybe we can expand the Imagine Norwalk from feel good stuff to real improvements to the city. Great opportunity here. Live here be proud and offer solutions not disdain for people trying to make a difference. Just sayin as a observer.

Nettiewata

I can't see how an owner can just abandon the station and then have no responsibility for taking care of disposing of the tanks. Why is his butt not in jail for leaving hazardous material behind? Maybe Boose needs to get off his butt and find this guy and make him do the right thing and pay for the tank removal.

JACKEL

Yea, let's blame Boose. I am sure he knows the proper procedure. You have let all these nuts in D.C. and Columbus pass laws every day to make things difficult to use any common sense! Just think, for over 200 years , they pass a law to make your life more complicated so you have to hire an attorney to do anything ! Try to evict a tenant !

KURTje

Nettiawata there was that ancient rich guy in Mi. that quit paying property tax on the old foundry property in town...it was located close to the balloon factory. Any who, it needed an EPA mandated clean-up. By not paying his taxes it put things in limbo. Finally the old geezer croaked. The city got a Federal grant, cleaned it up and ta-da the end. (your taxes @ work?)

hit the road jack

If it would make anyone feel like getting free gas each one of those tanks will have anywhere from 300 to 500 gallons left in them I will bet on it.