Company officials send mixed signals on pile cleanup

10-17 017Not too long ago, several residents joked that the fire of rubble on Main Street would still remain when the snow flies.

That jest might soon be a reality.

An Edgeco Environmental, Inc., worker on site Thursday estimated the company still had about 15 truckloads to go before the debris is completely gone. He said the workers would return Monday for another load and continue to come as regularly as possible after that.

During the past few months the company has been removing a maximum of one load per week, which would push the end of the project into December.

However, Mayor Brian LaRose said a worker on site told Village Code Enforcement Officer Fred Roberts Thursday that Edgeco had five loads to go, including the one they were removing that day. LaRose said the company was scheduled to remove two more loads this week and two next week.

“That’s how I’m understanding it, and that’s the last I heard,” LaRose said.

As of Tuesday, the workers had not returned.

It’s not because the men aren’t trying to complete the job. The worker on site said it’s a matter of driving the load to and from an asbestos-processing facility outside of Rochester, which is about four hours away. That facility isn’t always open, and the truck driver must wait for employees to be prepared there in order to dump the rubble.

Additionally, state department of transportation regulations only allow a load of 80,000 tons to be transported at a time.

“If we had 10 trucks we’d be done a lot quicker,” the worker joked.

John Winn, an attorney representing one of the former buildings’ owners, said he did not have any time estimate about the completion of the removal.

“I don’t know how many yards are in a load, but it does seem to be getting smaller,” he said.

And once the pile is gone, Beverly Koffler and Connie Rojcewicz will still own the land.

“Beverly Koffler will own the first 16 feet going from Scottie’s, and Connie Rojcewicz will own the next 32 feet. I expect that they’ll list it for sale,” Winn said.

Calls made to Paul Pinkans, the owner of Edgeco, were not returned as of Tuesday afternoon.

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