Mayor Guillermo Udarbe asked the Ridgway Borough Council to take legal action against the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in an effort to resolve a 14-year dispute over what to do with the Pennsy Station along North Broad Street.
Udarbe reminded council that on Sept. 24, 2010, code enforcement officer Dave Zeigler wrote a letter to B&P Railroad property manager Bill Gentilman citing all of the violations and giving a 30-day notice to correct the violations.
"I think it is time for them to do something," Udarbe said. "There was a plan for them to demolish it, but to me I consider that an insult to injury. These people are not paying taxes to us. They are tax exempt and they've used the community and the station for many years without paying many things to us. They don't have any respect to the community, it is time for them to pay us back."
Udarbe suggested filing a formal complaint in court.
"The station is still the property of the railroad and it's time for them to do something about it," Udarbe said. "We can put some judgement against them by taking them to court to file a complaint or a lawsuit against them. I think this is the best way and we should stop this."
Borough manager Martin Schuller said the demolition has been put out to bid but officials have not been updated on the timeline.
"We can take them to court, but we will be wasting our time because the district justice is going to say we have 30 more days," Schuller said.
Udarbe replied, "It doesn't matter at least we will have judgement rather than prolonging this agony. This station has given embarrassment to the community for a long time."
Udarbe noted that the judge may rule for the railroad officials to make repairs to the train station.