Town looks to take junk yard neighbor to court
Town Board members have agreed to take court action against the owner of the property at 1019 state Route 213 in an effort to remove cars and car parts that have spilled over from Buck’s Junk Yard.
Approval to file papers in state Supreme Court was given a meeting Thursday, when officials said Astoria resident John Perrakis failed to comply with a notice of violation that had set an Oct. 23 deadline for cleanup.
The action comes as officials wait for a decision from state Supreme Court on shutting down Buck’s Junk Yard, which has been under town orders to be shut down after more than six years of legal efforts to have the site comply with town regulations.
“We are waiting for a court date,” town attorney Jason Kovacs said. “I would expect a decision in December or early January.”
Supervisor James Quigley said the Perrakis property has been “appropriated” by Buck’s owner Don Mackenzie. Ulster County records show that Perrakis purchased the property for a dollar on June 11, 1999 from Bucks Scrap Iron.
Town Building Inspector Kathy Moniz last month said the Perrakis property has become a “junk yard without a license or without a site plan.”
Neither Perrakis nor Mackenzie could be reached for comment.
The court case against Mackenzie was authorized in June 2015 following years of efforts to have the site conform with town zoning regulations. Officials want the court to issue a stop work order based on the absence of a state licenses to work on vehicles.
Mackenzie in 2011 was turned down by the town Zoning Board of Appeals when challenging a town stop work order but later in the year he was given conditional site plan approval after terms for property improvements were set. Those terms were not met and on Nov. 1, 2012 the Town Board turned down a permit application for Mackenzie to continue operating at the site, with appeals turned down two more times through July 2014.
Residents who live near the site have expressed frustration over the slow progress.
“I though this would have been done by now,” resident Nancy Ebel said.
Resident Rosiland Stark, who initially complained about the site following a fire in 2010 at Buck’s, following the meeting, said the issue has dragged on too long.
“I’m 96, I’m going to be 97 on Monday, I don’t have much time left, I would like to see a resolution soon,” she said. “We have been at this for more than five years now.”
Buck’s Junk Yard at state Route 213 and Mountain Road in the Eddyville section of the town of Ulster.