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Mar 16, 2011 10:24 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Town Cites Illegal Transfer Station In Flanders

Mar 16, 2011 10:24 AM

Southampton Town Code Enforcement officers, police and fire marshals uncovered an illegal transfer station in Flanders on Friday morning, according to a statement issued by Town Spokesman Ryan Horn.

The Priscilla Avenue property was being used commercially, with 15 roll-off Dumpsters, some as large as 40 cubic yards, found on-site, the release stated. There were also other receptacles identified on nearby land that is owned by the town.

The 1-acre property is zoned residential, and the town’s code permits a two-family home there. The owner of the property, Frank Fisher, has stated he will immediately begin to bring the property into compliance with the code, according to the statement.

Mr. Fisher could be reached for comment.

“It appears Dumpsters were brought first to this site, and the contents were then shipped to other disposal locations,” Town Councilwoman Nancy Graboski stated in the release. “Some of them contained building demolition debris and others had landscaping debris.”

Officials noted other alleged transgressions on site, including the storage of commercial materials without the proper placards posted on the storage buildings, the release states. Such operations are typically restricted to commercial locations and require a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, it notes.

“Egregious property misuse drastically impacts a neighborhood’s quality of life and surrounding environment,” Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst stated in the release. “This is yet another example of the type of illegal operation a strong code enforcement team can address.”

Charges will be filed with the Southampton Town Justice Court in anticipation of a future arraignment. Chief Town Investigator David Betts said the investigation is ongoing, according to the statement.

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It's about time the Code Enforcement finally stepped in. How long was this going on??? Didn't anyone ever notice all this going on, big trucks going back and forth in a neighborhood??? Were all our Town leaders sleeping at the wheel or still fighting amost themselves, and not paying more attention to that area. Who's the liason for Flanders??? Didn't anyone inform that person?? How pathetic is that!!! Where's all the bad stuff now?? Anyone knowwhich area of our Town it got re-deposited in?? maybe ...more
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Mar 13, 11 11:54 AM
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It does boggle the imagination that this was going on and they thought it wouldn't be noticed.
By bb (910), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 11 1:13 PM
Fisher?? Is this the same Fisher that Southold Town was fighting with in reference to his carting business?? Heres one for the imagination.... im sure it wasnt noticed because that last name Fisher sounds familiar within the Town... Town building department has a Fisher as a building inspector... ANY RELATION?????
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 11 1:26 PM
I doubt there's a relation to Harold Fisher (formerly known as "The biggest Builder in the Business) but even if there was it wouldn't be relevant unless said Fisher gave a CO or something fishy like that.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 11 7:17 PM
I think it is the same one.
By bb (910), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 11 5:01 PM
Let me clarify this, I think that it is the same Fisher that Southold was fighting. Others have been chiming in and don't want to create a rumor. I was responding to SHTownHB.
By bb (910), Hampton Bays on Mar 14, 11 7:04 AM
Well if he is a relative of Harold Fisher that would be the scandal of the decade. It cant be true. Just to unbelievable.
By 27dan (2817), Southampton on Mar 14, 11 1:40 AM
Someone noticed a Transfer Station in Flanders,its nice to know local government is working,Lets call it Fisher Park that will make the locals feel they are not forgotten,what do you think Carol Ia......?
By Etians rd (542), Southampton on Mar 14, 11 10:03 AM
This article is full of error and the comments are blown of out proportion.
By EQKat (4), East Quogue on Mar 14, 11 10:44 AM
FYI I'm pretty sure storing dumpsters even with debris in them is not quite a Transfer Station. Also whoever wrote this artical should check their facts first as Mr. Fisher was not even given a ticket which I'm sure must be a matter of record that can be checked. He was asked to move the boxes which he did and his fire extingusishers were expired which he fixed the same day. Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill. I guess the Town wanted to make it sound good to justify the expense of sending ...more
By FlowerGrl (2), Flanders on Mar 14, 11 10:57 AM
According to the radio newscast Frank did receive a ticket. I guess you believe that his little problem in Southold was also just making a mountain out of a mole hill? I am sure that the Town wouldn't have responded if it wasn't a problem. Heaven knows there are plenty of other issues that are ignored. This is a residential area, dumpsters should be stored there. Doesn't this person have a place of business to store his equipment?
By bb (910), Hampton Bays on Mar 15, 11 12:16 PM
Storing a dumpster is not a transfer station - but when "The Priscilla Avenue property was being used commercially, with 15 roll-off dumpsters" with these dumpsters and/or their contents coming and going, it IS a transfer station. Contractors are willing to pay good $$$ if they can dump their materials say 10 miles from their job site instead of transferring it all the way to Yaphank which I believe would be the nearest option.

Also, I believe there is a stip in Town code that states ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Mar 14, 11 12:17 PM
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There were No tickets issued He was told to replace his fire extinguishers which he did the same day. At the FRNCA meeting Monday it was stated that the he was in full compliance. Not to mention that he was already in the process of moving all equipment at the time. As far as any issues with Southold Town that is a completely separate company and no residential waste was ever at that location at any time. These were construction containers being kept untill they could be moved. There were no contractors ...more
By FlowerGrl (2), Flanders on Mar 16, 11 11:30 AM
Why was he in the process of moving it since it was ok to be there?
By bb (910), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 11 12:18 PM