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									                                        CITY OF TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
                                                         OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
                                               200 Niagara Street Tonawanda, New York 14150 – 1099
                                                  Phone: (716) 695 – 8645    Fax: (716) 695 – 8314
                                                        E-mail: mayor@ci.tonawanda.ny.us



      RONALD J. PILOZZI                                                                            DONALD WITKOWSKI
                 Mayor                                                                                 Administrative Assistant
                                                                                                         JUDY A. SIMON
                                                                                                         Executive Secretary
    To: City of Tonawanda residents Bordering the Town Landfill

    From: Mayor Ronald J. Pilozzi

    Subject: City Hall Iniatives

                                                                          February 23, 2007

    Dear Resident(s):

    The meeting on the landfill issues on Feb. 8th at the Tonawanda High School was a clear indication of
    your frustration and concerns relative to the situation we now face. At that meeting, as per the agenda handed out, I was
    scheduled to speak just prior to the Question and Answer session but for whatever reason was not afforded that opportunity.

    Therefore, I have put together a packet of information that summarizes the positions and initiatives that I and my Staff have
    made in reference to the issues brought forward at that meeting. In addition, you need to know that these initiatives date back
    to March 2006 after being in Office for less than three full months and almost a full year before the recently held meeting.

    Also important is the fact that many of these initiatives were documented in writing so as to specifically represent our intentions
    as we attempt to protect the interest of our residents. This provides a permanent record of our goal to deal with the landfill
    issues in a manner that leaves no question of our intent.

    Going forward, we will continue to aggressively work towards resolving the issues at the Town Landfill. We will continue to
    work with higher levels of government to get these issues resolved in a way that insures the health, safety and welfare of all
    families living along this landfill.


                                                                          Respectfully,


                                                                          Ronald J. Pilozzi
                                                                               Mayor
    Cc: J. Bodie, City Clerk
        D. Witkowski, Administrator
       J. LaMonaco, City Eng.
        C. Zeisz, Pres. Common Cncl.
        Common Council
        R. Trabucco, City Atty.




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                  CITY OF TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
                                 ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
                       200 Niagara Street · Tonawanda, New York 14150-1099
                              Phone: 695-8624          Fax: 743-8870




                                  MEMORANDUM
                                        February 8, 2007

To:    Mayor Pilozzi


From: Jason J. LaMonaco, P.E.
      City Engineer

Re:    Summary of Town of Tonawanda Landfill Documentation

Please be advised that my records may not be complete prior to May 2006 (my date of hire).

       •   March 20, 2006: E-mail from the City of Tonawanda to USACE with questions
           pertaining to the USACE Remedial Investigation Report (RI).

       •   March 28, 2006: Follow up letter from the City of Tonawanda to the USACE Re: RI
           questions/concerns

       •   April 3, 2006: USACE response to RI questions raised by the City of Tonawanda

       •   April 7, 2006: Letter from the City of Tonawanda to Supervisor Moline (Town of
           Tonawanda) requesting landfill closure information and the Town’s plan to deal with
           the MED like material and Am-241.

       •   April 13, 2006: Letter from the Town of Tonawanda responding to the City’s request
           for information.

       •   May 2, 2006: City of Tonawanda conversation with John Camilleri (Town of
           Tonawanda) regarding the RI, Am-241, and complaints from residents.

       •   May 9, 2006: City of Tonawanda conversation with the Erie County Department of
           Environment and Planning (ECDEP) regarding the role of the CANIT group and the
           RI.

       •   May 17, 2006: Site meeting between the City of Tonawanda, John Camilleri, En Sol
           (Town’s consultant), and Dennis Weiss (NYSDEC). Discussed the following:

              o   Type of waste being brought to the Landfill
              o   Odor concerns
              o   Rodent concerns
              o   Dust issues
              o   Radioactive waste (MED and Am-241)
              o   Closure schedule
       o Access control (trespassers)
       o Leachate discharge
       o Litter and blowing debris

•   May 17, 2006: Letter from the City of Tonawanda to NYSDEC summarizing the
    May 17, 2006 site meeting.

•   May 23, 2006: City of Tonawanda requested a meeting with the USACE regarding
    radioactive material found at the Town of Tonawanda landfill.

•   May 24, 2006: Internal memorandum summarizing landfill history, review and
    comment on the RI, review and comment on the Landfill Closure Investigation (MPI
    Jan ’99), and summary of conversations held with John Camilleri and Dennis Weiss.

•   May 24, 2006: City of Tonawanda letter to Lieutenant Colonel Touchette (USACE)
    following up our May 23, 2006 phone request for a meeting regarding the MED-like
    material and Am-241.

•   May 26, 2006: Meeting with the NYSDEC at the Region 9 office between Mayor
    Pilozzi, JJL, Daniel David (NYSDEC), Abby Snyder (NYSDEC), Greg Sutton
    (NYSDEC) regarding landfill issues. Focused on concerns with the USACE RI and
    the NYSDEC closure plan to leave the Am-241 in place. The City of Tonawanda
    pointed out that the USACE investigation found hits of Am-241 that were not
    discovered when the Closure Investigation was put together. City was told that the
    NYSDEC would forward the information to Albany for their review.

•   May 30, 2006: Phone conversation between the City of Tonawanda and Stephen
    Beuchi (USACE). The City of Tonawanda raised concerns with the RI and lack of
    any investigation within the City of Tonawanda and concerns with Am-241.

•   June 2, 2006: Phone conversation between the City of Tonawanda and Dennis Weiss
    (NYSDEC) regarding Am-241. Denis Weiss stated that he would bring the new
    location of Am-241 to Barb Youngburgh’s attention. She is in the radioactive
    material division of the NYSDEC in Albany.

•   June 2, 2006: Internal e-mail summarizing the conversations between the City of
    Tonawanda and the Town of Tonawanda and the NYSDEC regarding the RI and Am-
    241 issues.

•   June 9, 2006: The City of Tonawanda met with Stephen Beuchi and Stephen
    Bousquet of the USACE. Discussed the Record of Decision (due out in October
    2006) and the Public Comment period that would follow in October 2006. USACE
    stated that this would be the time to comment on the plan relating to the MED-like
    material prior to the final decision. The City discussed concerns with the lack of
    testing beyond the fence line, concerns regarding the location of the Am-241, and
    concerns with some of the responses to the issues raised in the City’s March 28, 2006
    letter.
•   June 21, 2006: Letter from John Camilleri to Norman Kobel regarding odor issues.

•   June 29, 2006: Letter from the City of Tonawanda to ECDEP regarding the County
    radon detection program.

•   Various calls to the Town of Tonawanda regarding odor complaints

•   January 9, 2007: Meeting between the City of Tonawanda, Town of Tonawanda,
    NYSDEC, Erie County Legislator Ianello, and a representative of Robin
    Schimminger. Discussed several issues such as landfill size, schedule, radioactive
    material, and odor complaints.

•   January 10, 2007: Fax from NYSDEC to the City of Tonawanda regarding the Town
    of Tonawanda Odor Control Plan that was approved by the NYSDEC.

•   January 11, 2007: Internal e-mail documenting concerns with the Odor Control Plan.

•   January 15, 2007: Letter from the City of Tonawanda to Al Zylinski (NYSDEC)
    regarding Odor Control Plan concerns.

•   January 16, 2007: Letter from the City of Tonawanda to Senator Charles Schumer,
    Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter requesting an
    expansion of the USACE testing and sampling program to include the properties
    along Hackett Drive

•   February 5, 2007: Letter from the City of Tonawanda to Supervisor Moline regarding
    reuse of the landfill.
                          CITY OF TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
                                        OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
                                200 Niagara Street Tonawanda, New York 14150 – 1099
                                   Phone: (716) 695 – 8645    Fax: (716) 695 – 8314
                                         E-mail: mayor@ci.tonawanda.ny.us



RONALD J. PILOZZI                                                           DONALD WITKOWSKI
       Mayor                                                                   Administrative Assistant
                                                                                 JUDY A. SIMON
                                                                                 Executive Secretary




 April 7, 2006

 Honorable Ronald Moline
 Town of Tonawanda Supervisor
 2919 Delaware Ave.
 Kenmore, New York 14217

 RE: Remedial Investigation Report for the Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property

 Dear Supervisor Moline:
         Attached is a copy of the letter that our Engineering Department received
 regarding the Final Remediation Investigation report for the Tonawanda Landfill
 Property FUSRAP Site in the City of Tonawanda.
         If you have any information regarding this situation please forward it to me.
 Also, please advise me as to whether or not a plan is in place to a) evaluate the possible
 health risks associated with the Americium in the Landfill and b) remediate the presence
 of Americium at the site.
         As always, thank you for your assistance in this matter.

                                                      Sincerely,


                                                      Ronald J. Pilozzi
                                                          Mayor


 cc: John Camilleri,
     Dir. Of Water Resources
     Jason LoManaco, City Engineer
                                CITY OF TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
                                               OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
                                      200 Niagara Street Tonawanda, New York 14150 – 1099
                                         Phone: (716) 695 – 8645    Fax: (716) 695 – 8314
                                               E-mail: mayor@ci.tonawanda.ny.us



  RONALD J. PILOZZI                                                                  DONALD WITKOWSKI
           Mayor                                                                        Administrative Assistant
                                                                                          JUDY A. SIMON
                                                                                          Executive Secretary
TO: Mr. Dennis Weiss
    Environmental Engineer
    NYS DEC
    270 Michigan Ave.
    Buffalo, New York 14203                                           May 17, 2006

RE: Town of Tonawanda Landfill

Dear Mr. Weiss:
      Thank you for taking the time today from your active schedule to meet with me and Jason LaMonaco, City Engineer,
at the Town of Tonawanda landfill located behind Hackett Drive in the City of Tonawanda.
      Although the site is located in the Town of Tonawanda, it borders the backyards of City of Tonawanda residents on
Hackett Drive who have expressed concerns about the area. The major concerns of my constituents are dust, dirt, vector
control, and dangerous chemical leakage control. We respectfully request that the closure process of the landfill strictly
adheres to the confines of the DEC Consent Order and that the contractor practices to the letter of the contract dust and
dirt control.
      As you are aware, the safety and well-being of the constituents in my City are uppermost in my mind. Please send
me an itemized list of any discrepancies that were found during any inspections. In addition, please inform me of any and
all meetings regarding this landfill so that I or a representative of the City can be present.
      If you have any questions, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

                                                                      Sincerely,


                                                                      Ronald J. Pilozzi
                                                                          Mayor


 Cc: Hon. R. Moline, Suprvr, Tn.of Ton.
       J. Camilleri, Water Resources,Tn. of Ton.
       C. Zeisz, Common Council Pres, Cty. of Ton.
       Common Council Members
       J. Bodie, Cty. Clerk
       D. Witkowski, Adm. Asst., Cty. of Ton.
       J. LaMonaco, Cty. Engineer
    CITY OF TONAWANDA
                                                                                            MEETING MINUTES
    ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

                                           TOWN OF TONAWANDA LANDFILL CLOSURE
                                            RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL INVESTIGATION

                                                                  JUNE 12, 2006 @ 10:00AM


Attendees:                                                                      Copies to:
Mayor Ronald Pilozzi – City of Tonawanda                                        City Attendees
Donald Witkowski – City of Tonawanda
Jason LaMonaco – City of Tonawanda
Stephen Buechi – USACE
Stephen Bousquet - USACE

The purpose of this meeting was for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide the City of
Tonawanda with a history of the investigation of the MED-like material found in the Town of
Tonawanda Landfill and to discuss the Remedial Investigation Report (RI).

      •      Stephen Beuchi is the project manager for the USACE. Any questions should be directed to him.

      •      Areas within the Town of Tonawanda Landfill were divided up into 3 area classifications for the
             purpose of the investigation. Classifications were based upon information contained in previous
             studies and the gamma walkover. Class 1 areas were identified as having a high likelihood of
             contamination. Class 2 areas were identified as having probable contamination. Class 3 areas
             had no known contamination.

      •      The number and type of samples that were taken across the Landfill were in accordance with
             national standards and guidelines. The USACE took additional samples in the areas that were
             most likely to have contamination (Class1 & Class 2).

      •      Samples taken along the fence line had radiation levels that were below background.

      •      The USACE does not know how the material got to the site.

      •      The USACE did not sample in the residential area to the north of the landfill due to FUSRAP
             program guidelines. The USACE stated that the investigation could not extend beyond the
             property identified by the USDOE unless there was evidence that the contamination had
             migrated off site. Based on the following information, it is the City’s position that sampling of
             the properties adjacent to the contaminated areas should be conducted to ensure that the
             contamination does not extend beyond the fence line:

                   o Samples containing MED-like materials were located approximately 30 to 40-ft from the
                     fence.



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                   o The RI states that MED-like material could be displaced and transported by air. This
                     scenario is most likely during dry conditions and may be persistent during intrusive
                     activities such as construction or other activities involving vehicles (trucks, dirt bikes,
                     etc.). There is evidence that unauthorized off-road vehicles use the area.
                   o When the potential for air migration was originally raised to the USACE, the USACE
                     stated that vegetative cover in the areas of concern reduces the potential for airborne dust
                     migration of surface soils, however, the executive summary of the RI states, “While most
                     of the landfill areas where MED-like material has been identified are vegetated, bare
                     areas exist and access to these areas is not totally precluded.”

      •      The FUSRAP program is federally funded. It is possible that Congress could get the scope of the
             investigation expanded to include additional sampling beyond the fence line.

      •      The USACE is only responsible for the investigation and risk assessment. They do not have the
             authority to direct the Town.

      •      The City made the USACE aware of the fact that two samples along the fence contained Am-241
             that was not detected during the original DOH investigation. The USACE stated that their
             investigation deals strictly with the MED-like material and not Am-241. The City has notified
             NYSDEC Region 9 of the Am-241 findings in the RI.

      •      The City raised the concern that, if the material is left in place, it could be disturbed during
             installation of the cap. The USACE stated that it was a possibility but that they are not
             responsible for cap construction or review of the proposed cap plan. The NYSDEC has
             jurisdiction.

      •      The City requested that the USACE send a letter to residents on Hackett with information on
             who they can contact with any questions.

      •      The City can set up a meeting with select individuals to meet with the USACE. The USACE
             public meeting is open to anyone.




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    CITY OF TONAWANDA
                                                                                                 MEETING MINUTES
    ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

                                           TOWN OF TONAWANDA LANDFILL CLOSURE


                                                                             JANUARY 9, 2007


Attendees:                                                                             Copies to:
Mayor Pilozzi – City of Tonawanda                                                      Mayor Pilozzi – City of Tonawanda
Neal Myers – City of Tonawanda                                                         Don Witkowski – City of Tonawanda
Rick Davis – City of Tonawanda                                                         Paul Kranz - ECDEP
Mark Hans – NYSDEC Region 9
Daniel David – NYSDEC Region 9
Dennis Weiss – NYSDEC Region 9
Jason LaMonaco – City of Tonawanda
Dan Cavasello – Town of Tonawanda
Donald Witkowski – City of Tonawanda
Ronald C. Trabucco – City of Tonawanda
Joe Emminger – Town of Tonawanda
Terry Wegler – Assemblyman Schimminger’s office
Janice Bodie – City of Tonawanda
Carl Zeisz – City of Tonawanda
Michele Iannello – Erie County

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss various issues related to the Town of Tonawanda Landfill
that effect City of Tonawanda Residents.

      •      The Mayor and Legislator Iannello gave a brief introduction followed by a brief project history
             presented by Terry Wegler.

      •      The Town of Tonawanda has been under consent order to close the landfill since 2001. Final
             design of the landfill cap cannot be completed until the USACE issues a final decision regarding
             the FUSRAP material that is located on the western portion of the site. The NYSDEC presented
             a map detailing the location of the FUSRAP investigation.

      •      The USACE will issue a Record of Decision regarding the FUSRAP material in March of 2007.
             There will be a public comment period that will follow release of the ROD. Comments from the
             public will be taken into consideration prior to issuance of the final decision.

      •      The City re-stated their concerns regarding the lack of testing done on private property by the
             USACE and the information uncovered in the USACE report which shows that there is Am-241
             located along the fence line near Rogers Ave. The location of the Am-241 would seem to
             preclude the NYSDEC from covering the Am-241 with 2-feet of clean fill and then capping as
             stated in their recommendations. The NYSDEC will bring the issue to the attention of the


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             appropriate branch in Albany and they will get a letter to us stating that they are aware of the
             situation along with any recommended actions.

      •      The NYSDEC stated that there will be a buffer between the site and private property once the
             construction is completed. They were not able to provide specifics since the final design has not
             been submitted or approved. Creation of a buffer will include excavation and relocation of waste
             located adjacent to the fence line.

      •      NYSDEC has allowed the Town to begin consolidating material that had been dumped beyond
             the landfill footprint. The material is being used in conjunction with the other debris being
             trucked in from off site to shape the landfill prior to cap installation.

      •      The peak of the landfill will be approximately 30-35 ft higher than the properties on Hackett.
             The current height of the landfill is fairly close to its final elevation.

      •      The Town of Tonawanda has an odor abatement plan which was recently submitted to the
             NYSDEC for approval. The plan includes provisions to move the pile of wood chips from the
             current location to the mudflats which is further away from the City line. The Town will also
             make procedural enhancements such as creating windrows of material instead of piles and
             turning the windrows periodically to reduce the amount of anaerobic decomposition that takes
             place. The City made the NYSDEC aware that the odor complaints have been a somewhat
             regular occurrence since late spring. The odor complaints that were received prior to the October
             storm were most likely due to the storing and handling of leaves at the site.

      •      The NYSDEC stated that there may be some odor while the wood chips piles are moved to the
             new location, however, the piles would only be moved when the wind blows away from the City.

      •      As part of the odor abatement program, the Town will distribute a FAQ sheet along with a
             hotline number for the residents located adjacent to the landfill.

      •      The final cap design will include a collection system to prevent landfill runoff from reaching
             private property. The collection system may include catch basins and piping or it may consist of
             a swale.

      •      The final cap design will eliminate the tie to the City sanitary sewer system.

      •      The NYSDEC stated that the landfill is primarily receiving roofing material, construction debris,
             and petroleum impacted soil. Other material can be brought on site with approval from the
             NYSDEC. The Town is also in the midst of consolidating and relocating material that had been
             buried on site.

      •      The NYSDEC stated that all material brought to the site must be covered within one week.

      •      Residents may request information by contacting Dennis Weiss or Mark Hans of the NYSDEC.



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      •      The Contractor has been instructed to water down the haul roads to reduce the amount of dust
             generated during hauling operations in response to dust complaints from City residents.

      •      Residents complaining of damage to their homes due to construction should file a written
             complaint with the Town of Tonawanda Clerk.

      •      A public meeting regarding the landfill will be scheduled in February at the City of Tonawanda
             High School.

      •      The NYSDEC will prepare an informational fact sheet prior to the public meeting.




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                                 CITY OF TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
                                              OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER
                                     200 Niagara Street · Tonawanda, New York 14150-1099
                                      Phone: (716) 695-8624          Fax: (716) 743-8870

RONALD J. PILOZZI                                                            JASON J. LaMONACO, P.E.
    Mayor                                                                       City Engineer


        January 15, 2007



        Mr. Alan J. Zylinski, P.E.
        Environmental Engineer II
        NYSDEC
        Division of Air Resources, Region9
        270 Michigan Avenue
        Buffalo, NY 14203-2999

        Re:       Town of Tonawanda Landfill Storm Debris Odor Management Plan

        Dear Mr. Zylinski:

        The City of Tonawanda has reviewed the Town of Tonawanda Landfill Storm Debris Odor Management
        Plan that was faxed to Mayor Pilozzi on January 10, 2007. We appreciate the efforts of the NYSDEC
        and the Town of Tonawanda to alleviate the odor issues experienced by City residents. Based on our
        review of the Odor Management Plan, we have the following comments and concerns:

              •   The location selected for the composting operation should be graded to ensure drainage away
                  from the windrows in order to prevent ponding at or near the base of the windrows, thereby
                  minimizing the amount of anaerobic decomposition that will occur.

              •   The City requests that the plan be amended to include all yardwaste that is collected and
                  composted at the Town of Tonawanda Landfill throughout the year. As it is currently written,
                  the plan specifically pertains to the debris generated by the October storm and does not
                  specifically address the yardwaste that was the source of odor complaints earlier in the year.

        If you have any questions, please contact our office.

        Sincerely,



        Jason J. LaMonaco, P.E.
        City Engineer

        JJL
        cc:       Mayor Pilozzi – City of Tonawanda
                  Mr. Donald Witkowski – City of Tonawanda
                  Common Council – City of Tonawanda
                  Mr. John Camilleri – Town of Tonawanda
                                 CITY OF TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
                                                OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
                                       200 Niagara Street Tonawanda, New York 14150 – 1099
                                          Phone: (716) 695 – 8645    Fax: (716) 695 – 8314
                                                E-mail: mayor@ci.tonawanda.ny.us



  RONALD J. PILOZZI                                                                    DONALD WITKOWSKI
            Mayor                                                                         Administrative Assistant
                                                                                            JUDY A. SIMON
                                                                                             Executive Secretary



Honorable Charles Schumer                 Honorable Hilary Rodham Clinton                Honorable Louise Slaughter
United States Senate                      United States Senate                           United States House of Rep.
130 S. Elmwood Ave. Room #660             726 Exchange St. Suite #510                    465 Main Street Suite #105
Buffalo, New York 14202                   Buffalo, New York 14210                        Buffalo, New York 14203


January 16, 2007


Dear Sen. Schumer, Sen. Clinton and Congresswoman Slaughter:

Please accept my sincerest best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive New Year!

I am writing this letter out of frustration and concern for the health and safety of a neighborhood within the City of
Tonawanda that borders on a landfill located in the Town of Tonawanda. It is out of this concern and frustration
that I am asking you to intervene with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the City of Tonawanda in
regard to the closure of the landfill.

The backyards of the City of Tonawanda residents on Hackett Drive are contiguous to the Town’s landfill. In fact,
some of the material from the landfill is up against homeowners’ property lines and may have migrated into the
backyards. As the Town begins closing and capping the landfill, numerous concerns about the area have been
raised. Besides the more routine concerns regarding dust, dirt, vector control and control of runoff and leachate, it
must be noted that we await the final Proposed Plan and Record of Decision from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers regarding their investigation of the landfill under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program
(FUSRAP). While preliminary sampling and reports have found that radioactive material is located in the landfill
site, USACE Project Manager, Stephen Buechi has gone on record to say “We’re pleased to report that our
extensive sampling and investigation efforts shows that current, or future, risks to the local community fall within
USEPA guidelines.” (News release #06-02 DTD March 9, 2006). He goes on to say “ The Baseline Risk
Assessment evaluated potential future recreational use of the Landfill after it is closed and capped, and future
industrial/commercial use of the Mudflats Area.”
The problem with the USACE’s statements are that although the future use of the capped landfill and mudflats may
be recreational, industrial or commercial, the current use of the property that is contiguous to the landfill has been
and will continue to be residential. The uncapped, contaminated landfill has unknowingly been used by residents of
the City for years. Since testing has located radioactive material on the landfill that is near to the property lines of
houses on Hackett Drive, it is reasonable to assume that it is possible that some of the radioactive material may have
migrated off the landfill into the yards of the contiguous homes.

It would seem that additional steps must be taken to insure the health and welfare of those City of Tonawanda
residents whose property borders on the landfill. To that end, I request that the Federal Government require and
provide funding to execute sampling of private property bordering on the landfill. This additional sampling, which
will be outside of the footprint of the current landfill, will help ascertain whether migration of hazardous radioactive
material occurred and whether there are any health risks involved.

It is my understanding that the USACE by federal statute is not allowed to perform sampling studies on private
property without authorization from Congress. Therein lies the basis for my request. Once again, I am requesting
your assistance in authorizing and directing USACE to undertake sampling of properties on Hackett Drive in the
City of Tonawanda. I am sure you can readily see the importance of this request to the homeowners and families
living along this landfill border, especially in light of the fact that some sampling has determined hot spots mere feet
from property lines.

I have included a four-question correspondence sent to USACE on 3/28/06 and answered on 4/3/06 for your review,
in addition to the News Release already mentioned.

I look forward to your response to this request. The safety, health and welfare of residents of our Community are a
great concern in this matter and thank you in advance for your consideration.


Sincerely,




Ronald J. Pilozzi
Mayor

Cc: Hon. C. Schumer, US Senate
    Hon. H. Clinton, US Senate
    Hon. M. Rath, NYS Senate
    Hon. A.Thompson, NYS Senate
    Hon. R. Schimminger, NYS Assembly
    Hon. M. Iannello, Erie County Leg.
    K. Swanekamp, Erie County Dept. Env. & Planning
    P. Kranz, Erie County Dept. Env. & Planning
    D. Witkowski, City of Ton. Administrator
    J. Bodie, City Clerk
    J. LaMonaco, City Eng.
    C. Zeisz, Comm. Cncl. Pres.
    Common Council Members
                           CITY OF TONAWANDA, NEW YORK
                                         OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
                                 200 Niagara Street Tonawanda, New York 14150 – 1099
                                    Phone: (716) 695 – 8645    Fax: (716) 695 – 8314
                                          E-mail: mayor@ci.tonawanda.ny.us



RONALD J. PILOZZI                                                            DONALD WITKOWSKI
       Mayor                                                                    Administrative Assistant
                                                                                  JUDY A. SIMON
                                                                                   Executive Secretary

                                                       February 5, 2007

 Ronald H. Moline
 Supervisor
 Town of Tonawanda
 2919 Delaware Ave,
 Kenmore, NY 14217

 RE: Closure and Reuse of Town of Tonawanda Landfill Site

 Dear Supervisor Moline:

 As the Town of Tonawanda works through the many issues related to the Town’s efforts to close and
 cap the Town Landfill adjacent to the southwest section of the City of Tonawanda, I am asking that
 you place a high priority on the eventual reuse and redevelopment of the site. The Town’s own Master
 Plan, as well as your Brownfield Opportunity Area Program grant application include the concept of
 redeveloping this landfill area as a recreational facility such as a nine-hole golf course or as passive
 recreation. Most importantly, these reuse plans call for a roadway through this area connecting the
 Spaulding site in the City with the Youngmann Commerce site in the Town.

 I believe a roadway, installed between the start of the northern slop of the landfill cap and the south
 City line, that runs east and west, parallel to the residential properties on Hackett Drive, as pictured in
 the attached photo/document produced by the Town, will provide a buffer between the landfill and the
 backyards of residential homes on Hackett Drive in the City. I also believe this roadway buffer could
 address a number of the issues and concerns about the landfill that are currently being raised by
 residents who live on Hackett Drive and the surrounding neighborhood.

 Your consideration and implementation of this request would be greatly appreciated. Please fell free
 to contact me if you have any questions.

                                                       Sincerely,



                                                       Ronald J. Pilozzi
CC: Town of Tonawanda Town Board
    City of Tonawanda Common Council
    Senator Mary Lou Rath
    Senator Antoine Thompson
    Assemblyman Robin Schimminger
    Legislator Michele Iannello
    Dennis Weiss, NYSDEC
    Stephen Buechi, USACE

								
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