Robust Implementation of Required State and Municipal Oversight of Dragon Springs

Robust Implementation of Required State and Municipal Oversight of Dragon Springs

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Deerpark Rural Alliance started this petition to Supervisor Gary Spears - The Town of Deerpark and

The Deerpark Rural Alliance petitions the Town of Deerpark, Orange County, NY, as well as all relevant State agencies to assess and remediate all violations in construction, safety, health, and operations of Dragon Springs Buddhist, located at 141 Galley Hill Rd. 

Known concerns include:

  1. The unpermitted constructed of a wooden 8th story on a site building, which also is lacking required fire and safety equipment
  2. The unpermitted construction and operation of a second Waste Water Treatment Plant, currently in a Consent Order negotiation with the NYS DEC 
  3. Numerous documented instances of construction and waste run-off into the tributaries of the Basha Kill and Neversink River
  4. Insufficient level of inspections by Fusco Engineering, which serves as sub-contractor for the responsibilities of the Building Department for the Town of Deerpark 
  5. The reluctance, and at times outright refusal, of Dragon Springs management to facilitate open visits and inspections from State Agencies and Town officials
  6. Lack of ongoing and accurate reporting of persons living and working in and on the campus
  7. Lack of digitized, publicly accessible files of applications on file with the town and planning boards, lack of timely response and turnover of FOIL requests made to Town for these files

We petition the Town and State Agencies to use their authority as given under the laws and regulations of New York to accomplish the following:  

  1. Halt acceptance of new applications and all further issuance of new permits and approvals for any work at Dragon Springs, until the time when all existing issues can be resolved
  2. Create a program of open, ongoing, and thorough onsite inspections and oversight of the Dragon Springs property at 141 Galley Hill RD
  3. Begin the removal/destruction of unpermitted/illegal structures as required

If the Town is unable to build the capacity to enforce these requirements, we request that they work to relocate Dragon Springs away from the Town of Deerpark, to a location where these regulations and standards of operation can be meet, and it can be ensured that all environmental standards can be met.

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