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MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Six area contractors charged with illegal dumping. Two are charged with operating without the proper permits.
Many in the village of Monticello are trying to make sense of how last week's demolition of the old courthouse for the end purpose of creating a youth center ended up spiraling into controversy.
"This all could have been avoided," said Village Trustee Carmen Rue.
Rue says the village board was never consulted about contractor Marciano "Mike" Soto's demolition plan.
"They have to bring the three proposals to the board and do the right thing and see who we choose. The board has to choose which of the three proposals is going to dispose the debris in the right way. That's what we were supposed to have done from the beginning," said Rue.
As the pile of debris continues to sit between Yanni's Gyro Express Café and the village police station, it's unclear what the village's plans are to clean up the mess.
"You have to look at the bright side. The building is gone and that pile of garbage is going to be gone soon. I'm not too worried about it right now," said Dimitrios Vernezos, owner of Yanni's.
One local business owner was seeing the positive; at the very least glad the old courthouse which he described as an eyesore, no longer stands on Pleasant Street.
No village officials have been charged but it may end up significantly impacting the tax payers.
"It's going to cost the village more money, probably more money than we expected but we need to move that debris for the good and the health of the people," said Rue.
In an off-camera interview, the village engineer said the village is working to attain the proper permits this week that would allow them to remove the debris from the main thoroughfare. The village is also responsible for the debris left at the site behind Cold Spring Road.
The other contractors charged were Christopher J. Stawarz, William L. Moore, Sam E. Kearney, Lewis F. Kearney and James Rauch.