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Tuesday night, the Monticello board will be meeting to discuss something that's become a hot topic in the village: The demolition of the old courthouse and the arrests of six area contractors charged with illegal dumping. Eva McKend has more.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- All eyes are on Monticello and they have been for the past several weeks since six contractors involved with a village demolition project were charged with fines ranging into the thousands for illegal dumping.
The saga started at the beginning of the month during the demolition of the old village courthouse. According to the village engineer, the village has long had informal plans to knock down the courthouse and turn it into a community center, but the village engineer says it was a surprise to him when he learned the village was demolishing the building on Thursday, October 3rd. It was on that day one of the contractors involved with the project was questioned by DEC police at a location near Cold Spring Road in the Town of Thompson. He and five others were hit with a slew of charges, including illegal dumping.
Since then, Mayor Gordon Jenkins has denied knowing anything about plans to illegally dump and says that suggesting that he knew is character assassination. Since the DEC became involved, so has the Department of Labor, who says the village must hire an abatement contractor before they can touch the debris.
Te debris continues to sit there, right down from village hall. At a very raucous emergency meeting last week, we learned that the village needed a variance from the state. Think of a variance almost as a permission slip. They can't move forward without that green light. Hopefully we get some answers at the meeting Tuesday night.