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RICHMOND - A multi-year long court case filed by the town of Richmond against Richie Realty Corp. over a stump dump off of Skunk Hill Road is on itâ€™s way to being resolved. The dump has been the cause of some local cockroach infestation and the sight of underground fires due to wood waste erosion.
Town Solicitor Karen Ellsworth has given a status update report on the case to the town council at every council meeting since the case began. However, she told the town council she had no report to give at the meeting on July 28, because all of the steps of a mutually agreed upon consent order had been completed.
That agreement was made between the town, state and stump dump owner Richard Romanoff, and overseen by Superior Court Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson in September 2009, and had listed seven phases of cleanup for Romanoff to complete. Each phase corresponded to one of the seven sections of the dump.
The first phase deadline was Oct. 1, 2009, and the deadline for the final phase is Sept. 1, 2011. According to Ellsworth, all phases are completed ahead of schedule.
â€śAll seven phases of cleanup have been finished,â€ť she said. â€śAll that is left to do is grade and stabilize the site.â€ť
Under the consent order, Richie Realty is required to grade and stabilize the site. According to the order, engineers from the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM), and consulting engineers appointed by the town, will inspect the site after completion. After approval of the sight from the engineers, Richie Realty will have to complete site stabilization.
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