Lime Hollow Nature Center Wants County Help Removing Old Rail Timbers
The Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortlandville is asking Cortland County for some help cleaning up old tar soaked rail road ties.
Lime Hollow Executive Director Glenn Reisweber appeared before the County Legislature's Highway Committee this week and asked if the county could provide some resources to remove nearly 200 old rail road timbers that have been abandoned along a walking trail that runs through the Nature Center. The timbers are the last remnants of the old Lehigh Valley rail line that once ran through the area.
Lawmakers questioned the need to remove the creosote soaked timbers after they had lay dormant for so long. Reisweber says cleaning up the timbers is part of the long term stewardship that Lime Hollow provides at the nature center.
Under State regulations the county cannot accept the tar coated timbers at the county landfill, they have to be disposed of at a special facility, the nearest is in Ontario County. The county would have to truck the timbers at pay for disposal at an expense to taxpayers.
Lawmakers asked Reisweber to get a better count of how many timbers are on the property and also work with the local railroad company to determine how it disposes of used rail timbers.
Lime Hollow has cleaned up other industrial waste at the park, the nature center removed several tons of industrial contaminants at the former Bestway sawmill property. The land was donated to the nature preserve two years ago.