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Glenville site under consideration for clean up


GLENVILLE — State officials are accepting comments on a proposal to clean up a brownfield at Mohawk Avenue and Maritime Drive in the hamlet of Alplaus.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is considering a proposal from Prime Mohawk LLC for the cleanup.

According to a document filed with the town of Glenville last month, the Cohoes firm has proposed a waterfront development district along the Mohawk River to include about 160 residential rental units, 31 single family lots, 37 townhouses, a clubhouse and pool, public playground, basketball and tennis courts, a gazebo area, boat showroom and boat storage.

How to comment

Ways to comment on Brownfield Cleanup Program applications include:

Submitted them to site Project Manager Josh Haugh at NYSDEC, 1130 North Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306-2014;

Via email at Joshua.Haugh@dec.ny.gov

Calling 518-357-2008.

All comments must be submitted by Sept. 15.


Uses of the 87.4 acre former industrial park “appear to have resulted in the site contamination, including PCBs, heavy metals (and) petroleum,” among other hazards, according to the DEC.

A DEC summary of the site notes it is in a residential area and bordered by vacant land, with the Delaware and Hudson Railway to the north and the Mohawk River to the south. As well as three roads, the site has buildings used for a marina and industrial buildings occupied by tenants. Much of the land is open grassed area used for boat storage. The undeveloped portions of the property consist of woods and wetlands.

The property is a former industrial park used by General Electric Co. and the U.S. Navy for research and development. Two large buildings along the Mohawk River were hangars.

“There was a pumphouse along the Mohawk and north of Maritime Drive there was a substation, oil drum shed, uranium ore beds, fuel tanks, a pond and fuel lines,” the description states. It goes on to say that the GE and U.S. Navy uses appear to have resulted in the site contamination.

The site includes or included a marina, boat sales/repair, automotive repair and painting services,  landscaping business, steel welding shop and a fire truck repair business. The possible sources of contamination identified include a presence of suspected leaking underground fuel storage tanks, the former location of two transformer storage pads and electrical substations and two former 5,000-gallon above-ground diesel tanks, according to the DEC summary.

There have been four spill incidents associated with the site since 1989.

The groundwater at the site is between 6 and 10 feet below the surface.

The DEC said environmental and health assessment information is still being studied.
Current owners are listed as Swett-Kivort Corp. and WK Alplaus, LLC of Waterford.


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Officials: Lawmaker bought houseboat, didn’t pay property taxes

State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan failed to pay property taxes on his $350,000 houseboat for more than a decade, denying school districts and local governments thousands of dollars each year, according to public records and interviews with officials.

Morgan, a Republican from Richmond, confirmed through a spokeswoman that he paid sales tax on the luxury boat when he bought it in 2004 but has never paid property taxes on it.

The freshman state lawmaker said he could not speak with a Herald-Leader reporter about the boat without first getting permission from House GOP leaders, who allowed him to answer questions through Daisy Olivo, a spokeswoman for House Republicans.

Morgan registered his boat with the U.S. Coast Guard after buying it and believed that as a result of doing so, he did not owe any further taxes on it, Olivo said.

“He is unaware of any outstanding taxes owed,” Olivo said.

Morgan’s understanding is incorrect, according to state and local officials.

Officials in Pulaski County, where the boat is docked on Lake Cumberland, said the 2016 property tax bill on the boat would have been either $2,350 or $4,487, depending on its documentation status with the Coast Guard. Those figures were calculated using local tax rates and the $350,000 value of the boat listed in a court document.

Morgan’s boat has been docked at a Pulaski County marina since 2014, so he should have paid property taxes in the county in 2015, 2016 and 2017, according to the Pulaski County clerk’s office.

WesleyMorganState Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond.

The state, the county school system, local services such as the library, as well as the city of Burnside, would have shared the money.

If Morgan did not pay taxes on the boat going back more than a decade, he ultimately could face a bill totaling tens of thousands of dollars because of added penalties and interest, said Tim Popplewell, the property valuation administrator in Russell County, who deals with houseboat taxes.

“He’s gonna get a big tax bill,” Popplewell said. “You’re gonna get upwards of $75,000 in a hurry.”

Popplewell said he has heard the claim a few times that documenting a houseboat with the Coast Guard excuses the owner from paying taxes.

That’s not the case, and it strains credulity that Morgan — a businessman who owns four liquor stores — would believe it, Popplewell said.

“I think that is a lame excuse that some people use,” he said.

Morgan has been the subject of controversy since joining the legislature in January because of proposed laws he filed to benefit his business and an arrest for illegally transporting alcohol as he moved products from one of his stores to another.

State law at the time barred liquor store owners from taking alcohol across county lines without a transporter’s license, a law designed to combat bootlegging. The legislature later changed the law and a judge dismissed the charge against Morgan, saying the statute was unconstitutional even before the change.

Officials said houseboat owners must declare their boat for tax purposes one of two ways in Kentucky.

One is to file a tangible tax return with the property valuation administrator in the county where the boat is docked, or with the Kentucky Department of Revenue. That method is for boats that have been registered with the Coast Guard.

The advantage of doing that is that there is a sizable state tax break on such “documented” boats. The state tax rate on tangible property is 45 cents per $100 valuation, but it’s only 1.5 cents per $100 on documented houseboats. Counties, schools and other local taxing districts can levy much higher tax rates on documented boats.

If the houseboat is not documented with the Coast Guard, the owner should get a title for it at the county clerk’s office, just as for other types of boats, according to the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

Records show Morgan did not go either route.

Morgan’s boat was not on Pulaski County’s certified personal property tax roll in 2015, 2016 or 2017, when a separate court record says it was docked at Lee’s Ford Marina Resort. That means he did not file a tangible tax return in those years.

In addition, there’s no record that he documented the boat with the Coast Guard in those years.

A Coast Guard database of documented boats current as of early July included an entry for the name and identification number of Morgan’s boat, but listed it as “case pending.”

Rodney G. Davis, a Richmond attorney who represents Morgan in a lawsuit involving the boat, said Thursday that a request to document the vessel with the Coast Guard is pending.

On the other front, Morgan did not obtain a title on the boat until July 17, 13 years after he bought it, according to state Transportation Cabinet records.

The title issued to Morgan in July said it was a first-time title. That means there would not have been information in the system to generate a property tax bill for Morgan, according to the Pulaski County clerk’s office.

The newspaper was not able to confirm whether Morgan docked the boat in other counties earlier and if so when, leaving no way to use local tax rates to determine the total amount of taxes Wesley would have owed on his boat from earlier years.

But with the boat now in the system, the Department of Revenue will be able to calculate how much Morgan owes in omitted taxes, penalties and interest, Popplewell said.

“And they won’t back off,” Popplewell said.

The department can’t comment on individual taxpayers because of confidentiality rules, said Glenn Waldrop, a spokesman for the department.

Morgan said in his application for the title that he bought the boat in 2004. He listed the purchase price as $525,000.

The manufacturer was Sharpe Houseboats in Somerset, a one-time industry leader that later went out of business.

The 112-foot long boat reportedly was a showpiece, featured in promotional efforts by the company.

Morgan said in a separate affidavit that Sharpe Houseboats did not complete the registration process on the boat. Still, he was able to obtain a title, and could have done so earlier, local officials said.

Morgan has been involved in litigation over the boat in Pulaski County.

Morgan sued Lee’s Ford in 2016, alleging that the marina had illegally placed a lien on the boat and chained it to the dock.

Morgan had an agreement to sell the boat at the time, according to a court record. He asked a judge to force the marina to release the boat.

Lee’s Ford owner J.D. Hamilton argued in response that Morgan had not paid slip-rental fees and a commission that was due because he had listed his boat with Hamilton to sell, but then sold it privately.

Morgan struck a deal to sell the boat, which he moved to Lee’s Ford in 2014, for $350,000, Hamilton said. That sale was rescinded during the dispute over control of the boat.

Hamilton said in a court document that when he told Morgan he owed rental fees and a commission, Morgan said, “I don’t give a f— what you do. You go get a lawyer.”

Morgan recently posted a bond of $162,444 — twice what Lee’s Ford’s attorney, John S. Gillum, calculated Morgan could owe in moorage fees if he loses the case.

Hamilton released the boat and Morgan moved it to another marina.

Bill Estep: 606-678-4655, @billestep1


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North Fork yard sales: Aug. 18, 19 & 20

Tag sales

There are many vintage finds waiting to be discovered on the North Fork. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Here are a few North Fork yard and tag sales scheduled for Friday, Aug, 18, Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20.

Find a sale nearby as listed in the classifieds section of the Aug. 17 edition of the Riverhead News-Review and The Suffolk Times.

YARD SALES

AQUEBOGUE: 8/19, 8 a.m. Multifamily. Household, furniture, toys, kids clothes. 40 and 52 Colonial Drive.

BAITING HOLLOW: 8/19, 8/20, 8 a.m. Multi-family. Housewares, garden, men’s table, pet items, art, so much more. 123 East Meadow Road.

CALVERTON: Saturday, 8/19, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sunday, 8/20, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Home renovation sale. Tools, home furniture, patio furniture, kitchen equipment, lawn equipment. Too much to list! 45West Alfred Avenue.

EAST MARION: Saturday, 8/19, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Household items, tools, antiques, art and lots more! Everything must go. 10305 Main Road.

GREENPORT: Saturday, 8/19, 9 a.m. RD 8/20. 165 Bennett Road (Cedarfields). No early birds!

JAMESPORT: 8/19, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. RD 8/20. Moving sale. 144 Manor Lane.

LAUREL: Saturday, 8/19, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Multi-family. Baby toys, clothing and equipment, small furniture, household goods, tools. 1705 Laurelwood Drive. No early birds!

MATTITUCK: 8/19. Baby items, clothing, books, miscellaneous. 5635 Westphalia Road.

MATTITUCK: 8/19, 8 a.m. RD 8/20. A little bit of everything. 1235 Westphalia Road.

MATTITUCK: 8/19, 8 a.m. RD 8/20. Household, children’s, clothes. Something for everyone. 1035 Pike Street.

MATTITUCK: 8/19, 8 a.m. Giant multi-family barn/yard sale. Antiques, furniture, household, toys, clothes. Stamping up stamps. Route 48 (Southside, east of Wendy’s Deli. park on Route 48).

MATTITUCK: 8/18, 8/19, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. RD 8/20. Huge sale. Furniture, kitchenware, exercise equipment, bikes, kayaks, canoe, fishing gear. Tools, clothes, shoes, jewelry and so much more! 1475 Meday Avenue (off Howard Avenue).

ORIENT VILLAGE: 8/19, 8:30 a.m. Village yard sales are the best. Lawnmower, 6 HP cycle cart. Cool stuff plus lemonade. 145 King Street.

PECONIC: Saturday, 8/19, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. RD 8/20. Original paintings, vintage finds, jewelry, potter, silver, furniture, books, architectural and nautical items. Peconic School, Peconic Lane. 631-734-6382

RIVERHEAD: 8/19, 8 a.m. RD 8/20. Tools, plumbing, household, women’s clothing/ accessories, more! 145 Robinson Parkway.

RIVERHEAD: 8/19, 8 a.m. Antiques, pictures, vintage bicycles, tools, much more. 110 Lincoln Street.

RIVERHEAD: 8/19, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Lots of great items. Something for everyone! Corner of Mill and Osborne Avenue.

SOUTHOLD: 8/19. RD 8/20. Multifamily. Priced to sell. 1075 Lake Drive (off Kenneys)

SOUTHOLD: 8/19, 8 a.m.- noon. Rain or shine. Giant sale. Foos table, baby items, household, toys, miscellaneous. 465 Town Harbor Lane (around corner from 7-11).

SOUTHOLD: 8/19, 8 a.m. Been here before, you’ll be back! 2325 North Sea Drive (next to McCabes Beach).

SOUTHOLD: 8/19, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Multi-family. Fine china, collectibles, jewelry. A lot of stuff! 1680/1735 Brigantine Drive.

SOUTHOLD: 8/19, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. RD 8/20. Furniture, household, fishing, tools, comforters. 1495 Founders Path.

GARAGE SALES

SOUTHOLD: Saturday, 8/19, 8 a.m. RD 8/20. Moving. Contents of home must go. Kitchen articles, lamps, side tables, 2 sets LR upholstered club chairs, LR hutch, custom drapes, paintings, garden items and tools. 320 Beachwood Lane. No early birds!

TAG SALES

GREENPORT: 8/18, 8/19, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Yet another Mr. Cleanout estate contents accumulation sale. Furniture, household, kitchen, art, tools, much more. Too much to list! Will be unpacking all week. 215 Oak Street. Photos www.redesign-ny.com Sale by Mr. Cleanout

ORIENT: Friday, 8/18, Saturday, 8/19, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, 8/20, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Packed bayfront estate sale. Rodman Pell paintings, other local and American paintings, prints. 2 chairs from Cunard line, upholstered antique furniture, 9-piece Heywood Wakefield wicker set, 4,000 books, many books cases. 860 Willow Terrace. For photos and details see www.longislandtagsales.net

PECONIC: 8/19, 8/20. Barn sale. Moving out. Records, boat stuff, anchors, forklift, Indian relics, 14’ boat, antique tables, telescope, steel shelving, pallet racks, sea chest, Honda 750 MC and more interesting junk. Route 48.

SHELTER ISLAND: 8/18, noon- 5 p.m. 8/19, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 8/20, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Estate sale. Contents of 6 BR waterfront home. Furniture, oriental rugs, antiques, housewares, jewelry and more. 2 Bay Avenue (corner of Bay and Simpson. Montclair Colony.) Sale by Hallock Co. Estate Sales.

SOUTHOLD: 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8/20, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Estate sale. Antiques, heirlooms, artwork, housewares and furniture including beautiful spinet piano and matching bench, spool bed and matching dresser. 3150 Boisseau Avenue (the house with the windmill). No early birds!

SOUTHOLD: Saturday, 8/19, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Rain or shine. Huge sale. Furniture, housewares, collectibles. Loads of items $1 or less, everything else 1/2 off! First Universalist Church, 51970 Main Road. (631) 765-3494.


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