Back in the 1960s, after the 1965 drought in the Northeast, the City of Hudson purchased land in Greenport, south of Spook Rock Road, to provide the city with a backup water supply. The purchase was the initiative of then city engineer, John Flynn.
In 2002, the City entered into a lease agreement with A. Colarusso & Son for all but 14.5 acres of the 354-acre parcel that contained the City's secondary water supply--the 14.5 acres being the actual site of water source. For a payment of $200,000 a year (the amount needed by the City to pay off the loan for the new water treatment plant at the top of Rossman Avenue), Colarusso has the right to mine this land determined to be the City's "surplus property."
Recently, there's been some unexpected activity on this land: logging. The evidence and the questions it raises are explored by Timothy O'Connor on imby.com: "Who is logging City-owned trees on Becraft Mountain?"
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