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“We will probably handle this in executive session because it will probably involve litigation,” Supervisor Sean Walter said following a Riverhead Town Board discussion on Gershow Recycling’s Hubbard Avenue facility, which has come under fire from neighbors due to excessive noise and “vibrations.” (more…)

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Richard Luzzi, a resident of Riverhaven mobile home park, addresses Thursday night's Riverhead Planning Board meeting. (Credit John Stefans)

Richard Luzzi, a resident of Riverhaven mobile home park, addresses Thursday night’s Riverhead Planning Board meeting. (Credit John Stefans)

They asked for input, and they sure got it.

The Riverhead Town Planning Board heard emotional – at times angry – testimony last week from a group of residents whose mobile home park abuts the facilities of Gershow Recycling, which operates on a 3.5-acre property on Hubbard Avenue that for more than six decades was the home of Fred J. Gallo Used Auto Parts.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue.

Gershow Recycling’s Hubbard Avenue recycling facility, which has drawn complaints from neighbors about noise and ground shaking, will be the subject of a public hearing at the Riverhead Planning Board this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue.

Neighbors have complained about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Neighbors concerned about noise from Gershow Recycling’s Hubbard Avenue facility will get the chance to make some noise of their own April 3.  (more…)

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue.

Residents of the Riverhaven manufactured home park on Hubbard Avenue say noise from the adjacent Gershow Recycling business is shaking their homes.

Seeking some peace, residents there met with Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy last Thursday in the meeting room of Riverwoods mobile home park in Riverside to voice their complaints. (Both parks are owned by Kingsley Management Corp. of Utah.)

“The ground vibrates over there,” said John Peck, who manages both parks. “I know it does because I was standing out there and I felt it. It was like an earthquake. It’s shaking the homes off their foundations. It’s actually causing things to fall off their walls. It’s not right. These people were here first.”

“I hear that big bang constantly,” said Richard Weiss, who lives on First Street in the park. “I live in a new home, it’s five years old, and it shakes the house.”

An attorney for Gershow said the company is aware of the complaints and is taking steps to address the noise problems.

Gershow Recycling, which is based in Medford and has a number of sites on Long Island, bought the former Fred J. Gallo Used Auto Parts site on Hubbard Avenue in 2012 to continue to operate an “end of life vehicle recycling facility,” as Gershow termed it on a state Department of Environmental Conservation application.

But nearby residents say there was never any noise when Gallo owned the site, whereas, since Gershow has taken over, they now hear loud booming sounds all the time.

In August 2012, the Riverhead Town planning department determined that Gershow’s plan to take over the Gallo site was “de minimus,” meaning it did not require a site plan application or a site plan amendment from the Planning Board.

The state DEC required Gershow to get a freshwater wetland permit, build a retaining wall and regrade the site to prevent rainwater runoff from going into Saw Mill Creek.

Peter Danowski, a Gershow attorney, said in an interview Tuesday that Gershow has already taken a step toward reducing the noise. The company had been using a crane with metal treads, which made a lot of noise on the concrete ground, and has just spend $367,000 for a new crane with rubber treads, Mr. Danowski said.

Greshow also plans to place metal containers along the property line to buffer the noise, Mr. Danowski said. If the containers don’t work, the company will try other solutions until it finds something that does work, he assured.

“We start with a couple of containers near a neighbor, and then talk to that neighbor and see if stopped the noise,” Mr. Danowski said.

Mr. Dunleavy told the Riverhaven residents that as long as Gershow is following town code, “there’s nothing we can do about this,” other than trying to level with them and have both sides agree to be good neighbors.

Recently released campaign finance disclosure filings show that both Mr. Dunleavy and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio received campaign contributions from Gershow’s owners.

Mr. Dunleavy said he plans to work with Gershow to resolve the noise problem for residents.

Gershow has received complaints about noise and shaking from neighbors of its Medford location as well, according to news reports from over 30 years ago.

In the late 1980s, residents near a Gershow facility in Medford said it caused their homes to shake, created noxious fumes and periodically “exploded” with a sound resembling an airplane crash, according to a Newsday article at the time.

Gershow later reached an out-of-court settlement with those residents, who had gone to state Supreme Court to stop the operation.

tgannon@timesreview.com

04/19/12 12:26pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Gershow Recycling is buying Fred J. Gallo Used Auto Parts on Hubbard Avenue.

Gershow Recycling will be coming to Riverhead soon, as the Medford-based recycling company is buying Fred J. Gallo Used Auto Parts on Hubbard Avenue and plans to continue that same use.

Tom Gallo Jr., one owner of the Gallo business, confirmed that the 3.5-acre property is being sold to Gershow, one of the largest recycling companies on Long Island, with eight locations.

“We’ve been here since 1960,” Mr. Gallo said Friday. “My father and I bought it from my grandfather in 1990 and my father is going to retire and I’m going to move on to other ventures.”

He said no timetable has yet been set for the turnover.

Gershow has filed an application with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to renovate the existing “End of Life Vehicle Recycling Facility,” commonly called a junkyard. The current use will be continued, the DEC application states.

The application calls for bringing in uncontaminated clean fill to regrade the site and enhance drainage, building a retaining wall and paving a portion of the site to build a series of catch basins. These measures will manage surface water runoff and direct stormwater runoff to a newly constructed stormwater overflow meadow at the property’s southeast corner, according to the DEC application.

The retaining wall will keep material from entering the wetlands, said DEC spokesman Bill Fonda.

“Overall this plan likely produces more wetlands and controls stormwater better than the previous/existing dirt surface that has no stormwater collection system,” Mr. Fonda said.

Because of the site’s proximity to Sawmill Creek, a freshwater wetlands permit is needed for the work. The project was not required by the DEC to do an environmental impact study. A written comment period on the proposal ended last Thursday.

Representatives from Gershow Recycling did not return a call seeking comment.

tgannon@timesreview.com