Last night at the informal Common Council meeting, a letter from Ken Dow, attorney for The Valley Alliance, received by Council president Don Moore, was presented to the full Council to be accepted as correspondence. This letter, as we know, questions the legality of the 1981 transfer of 4.38 acres of land on the waterfront from the City of Hudson to St. Lawrence Cement and suggests that the City is now negotiating with SLC's successor, Holcim, to get back what it already owns. When the letter was introduced, Moore deferred discussion to the end of the meeting, but when the end of the meeting came, there was no discussion.
At the end of the meeting there was, however, a question from Timothy O'Connor who wanted to know about the title search that had failed to discover that Standard Oil had owned and operated a facility on a portion of the land in question from 1888 to 1917. He also wanted to know if the City still believed that a Phase II environmental study was not needed. He was told by Moore that the City was not proceeding on the environmental study because the land transfer was not moving ahead. When O'Connor wanted to know if any of the aldermen were surprised to have it proved that Standard Oil had operated a facility on the parcel, Moore told him that the question of whether or not Standard Oil was there is moot.
Map and legend from The Valley Alliance