Residents: Salt storage plant causes disturbances, breaks rules

By Julianne Peixoto

July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM EDT

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A salt storage and distribution plant is causing disturbances for Hardie Road residents, who say it's potentially breaking rules and regulations.

Bill Osborne has lived on Hardie Road for decades.

"It’s just getting to the point that we can’t take this any longer," said Osborne. "We moved up here for 20 years, they move in and it’s been hell ever since."

JVA de-icing moved into its location on Hardie Road nearly two years ago, but residents are complaining the company has not been following the regulations set in a Conklin planning board meeting back in August of 2012.

According to the agenda from the meeting, the volume of traffic was not supposed to exceed five to eight trucks a day, with as many as 12 depending on the weather.

"The reality is at any given day you could have 40-45 trucks in and out," said Hardie Road resident Chris Kehoe. "They're also 18 wheelers, which I don't think that was part of their original plan, so they can't make the curves in the roads and they're going over the yellow line. It's just a very unsafe situation."

Sure enough, skid marks streak the street around a bend right in front of the salt distribution plant.

Osborne has been taking surveillance video of the trucks for more than a year to prove the company has been breaking rules.

He said the truck exhaust is so bad, he hasn't been able to open his windows for fresh air since the company moved in.

"I told them about it, they planted trees out front to try to stop it," said Osborne. "You don’t plant trees to stop the air from coming through."

Kehoe says he's spoken to the town supervisor, code enforcement, the planning board, the town board, the county executive, the county high way superintendent, the sheriff’s department and state troopers, but no one will take responsibility or offer to help.

“It’s just got to a point where I’m 83 years old, I can’t take it like this here," said Osborne. "How can you live in a house like this and have this kind of aggravation and they don’t wanna do anything about it?"

Joe Tuzze owns the salt plant, but declined to comment when contacted by Action News late Monday.