Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Not to Be Missed

Holcim is grieving the assessment on its dock property in Hudson. Read all about it in today's Register-Star: "Holcim disputes port's $4.5M assessment." The article reports that Holcim has submitted an income and expense statement to City Attorney Jack Connor indicating that "no income is being generated from the parcel." It also gives details of a letter sent by Connor to Holcim attorney Bruce J. Stavitsky in which he is reported to protest that "300 18-wheeler trucks are running through the city every day to deposit aggregate at the property, and barges arrive twice weekly to pick up product. City Assessor Garth Slocum possesses several photos showing material being loaded onto boats at the property." The article then quotes the letter directly: "Accordingly, the statement you are making that there is no income from this parcel seems patently false.” 


  1. If they say their property on the riverfront is worth $1.5million then I say, good, let's find a buyer for it and the City can take it by iminent domain. It isn't doing the City one bit of good and is rather a detriment, so it would be a lot more beneficial for the City to have to develop for public use.

  2. The corporate mindset is a mystery to me, but doesn't common sense
    dictate that if you're a company hoping to set up an operation on the
    waterfront in a small town, that you might consider cleaning up your
    rusting industrial junk first, and also keep quiet about your very
    reasonable tax assessment? This ought to be the final nail in the
    coffin-- it should finally convince our city officials that Holcim is
    an arrogant outfit that has no regard for its host communities.

  3. And why I wonder do the City officials who support the current draft LWRP bend over backwards to accommodate the above industrial company and its lessees? It's hard to believe, as John O'Connor stated, that the company isn't earning a dime from its lessees, O & G and Cargill. However whether they are or they are not, there is no visible benefit to the City