County, sewer district sue Ramapo for $2M over soil cleanup

The Town of Ramapo is facing a major lawsuit over accusations it was paid for soil cleanup it never performed.



According to Rockland Sewer District officials, the Town of Ramapo was awarded an $800,000 contract in 2012 to remove a massive pile of soil from the Sloatsburg Community Field, as well as three locations in Hillburn.



Ramapo, under the leadership of Christopher St. Lawrence, never cleaned it up, and it is unclear where the money went. News 12 tried several times to contact St. Lawrence, but calls have not been returned.



This week, the sewer district and the county filed a $2 million lawsuit against Ramapo, seeking compensation and damages.



"People in public office should always do the right thing, which is why I am taking swift and aggressive action to protect our taxpayers against Ramapo's breach of contract and attempted swindling of our ratepayers," said Clarkstown supervisor and new sewer district chairman George Hoehmann in a written statement.



The piles have been there since 2009, when they tested positive for contaminated soil. The Department of Conservation says the piles are non-hazardous, but residents say the town has done enough damage.



News 12 learned the piles should be removed by June.



 


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