I live close to Storms Tavern (on Eastern Parkway) and I find it appalling that Tilcon would even consider demolishing this fine 18th-century landmark. Now it appears that, instead of demolishing it right away, they intend to leave it uninhabited and let it deteriorate until it actually becomes a hazard. I was also disturbed to learn that Tilcon had purchased all (or all but one maybe) of the houses on Caspar Hill Road, and populated them with their employees. They claim that their intention was to create a "buffer zone" so that the immediate neighbors of the quarry would not have grounds for complaint.
I encourage everyone to attend the public hearing on the renewal of Tilcon's site license (7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Clarkstown Town Hall). In addition to the preservation of the Storms Tavern, other pressing issues involve air and water quality, noise, traffic, the surprising and hideous moonscape Tilcon created right at along Snake Hill Road at the Thruway entrance and exit ramp. I realize that Tilcon is a major employer in Rockland County, but there are urgent issues here concerning our health, the beauty of the landscape, and the value of our homes. I look forward to seeing you all there.
I was angered and saddened reading about Tilcon's plans to tear down Storms Tavern. I grew up in Valley Cottage and in later years lived on the corner across from the tavern. I remember that some lived in it, but don't remember ever seeing anyone actually there. This is back in the 60s & 70s. I think it would be a crime to tear it down. It should be preserved and restored, it was and still should be an important part of not only Valley Cottage, but Rockland County as well.