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Tire trouble

Department of Environmental Conservation representative Steve Perrigo was at the former Title Town Tires site on Pine Ridge Road Thursday. Perrigo met with Supervisor John M. Becker, Councilman Bill Cole and Highway Superintendent Elwin Sonny Centner.

Centner's crews will begin moving tires around the property Monday morning to prepare the site for fencing and remediation, which Perrigo says is tentatively planned for next year. Perrigo asked Centner to clear a row 30 feet from the centerline of Pine Ridge Road and to move wooden crates from the western side of the property to an area adjacent to the storage building on the site.

Arrow Fence got the contract to put up the fence, Perrigo said. They will start putting up the fence [July] 31.

The fence is to run approximately 350 feet parallel to the road, with a gate for emergency services access. Keys to the facility will be provided to key emergency services agencies in the town, and Becker's office will hold a spare. Cole asked if property owner Carl Dennis Tornatore of Canastota will have any access to the property after the fence goes up.

He will not have a key, Perrigo said. The fence will be open at either end, and [Tornatore] can access the facility on foot.

Tornatore also will retain access to the building, though Perrigo said the DEC has the right to enter the warehouse to remove tires.

Perrigo noted that a low-hanging power line was removed after town Fire Inspector Bill Pindle said it might ignite the tires before they could be cleaned up or even catch on equipment brought in to conduct the remediation.

According to Perrigo, Arrow Fence will have the chain link barrier erected in about five days, including time to let concrete footings for the posts cure. Once the fence is constructed, the DEC will post signs reading 'No Admittance by order of the DEC.'

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