Questions remains unanswered about the controversial demolition project in Monticello. YNN's Eva McKend has more on Tuesday night's village board meeting.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Village residents were left with more questions after attending Tuesday's village board meeting in Monticello. Board members blamed pending litigation for the lack of answers relating to the botched demolition in the village.
"I'm not going to make any comments on that and during public comment. I think with the DEC involved and others involved, I'm just going to refrain from saying anything about that building because there's litigation going on," said Gordon Jenkins, Monticello Mayor.
Six contractors involved with the demolition of the old village courthouse were recently charged with illegal dumping. At last week's emergency meeting, the Mayor said he was unaware of plans to illegally dump.
Sullivan County residents attended Tuesday's meeting to express concern about the debacle, and how the contractors were hired.
"I'm not sure if he's [the contractor]] licensed or insured in even handling asbestos and I would think that would be a question that the board would want to ask and would know about ahead of time before hiring the contractor to remove that building," said Dan Brumbaugh, a Town of Thompson resident.
Last week, the village board decided to hire an environmental consultant to get a variance needed from the state to hire a contractor.
"My understanding is that the DEC has not given us permission yet to move the debris. The engineer said it could take one day, it can take three weeks, it depends on the investigation," said village of Monticello trustee Carmen Rue.
One Monticello mom said she wants to see the controversy come to an end, and see the youth center get built. During the public comment period at the meeting, she said her disabled son has become a victim to the drugs and gangs that permeate the streets.
"The police station is understaffed. They only got one detective so if they are not going to hire police to help the community, I hope the youth center will open up to help these children," said Diana Curblo.
Less than a handful of Sullivan County residents spoke out at the meeting. One person described the situation in Monticello as embarrassing, and called on the village board to work together to solve this issue.