It seemed odd last fall when Ray Jurkowski, the engineer retained as a consultant by the Greenport Planning Board, appeared also as the engineer consulting with the Hudson Planning Board on the proposed Colarusso haul road. Was he the only engineer in the area capable of advising on this project? It turns out Jurkowski is considered the "city engineer" for the City of Hudson. It was Jurkowski who was brought in to help code enforcement officer Craig Haigh assess the structural viability of 718-720 Union Street.
Once the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) named the Greenport Planning Board the lead agency for SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), the advantage of having the same engineer advise both boards became clear. Jurkowski could keep the concerns about the haul road that are uniquely Hudson's before the Greenport Planning Board as they did their scoping and assessment of the environmental impact of what was being proposed, facilitating what is supposed to be a coordinated review.
At the last Greenport Planning Board meeting, however, there seemed to be a problem, centering around Jurkowski, and the board went into executive session to discuss it. Today, the Register-Star reports the outcome of that closed door meeting: "Engineer stops advising Hudson on Colarusso haul road." It seems that the Greenport Planning Board asked Jurkowski not to work for the City of Hudson, and last week, Jurkowski informed Hudson Planning Board chair, Tom DePietro, that he would be recusing himself from Hudson's consideration of the proposed haul road.
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