Hearing held regarding Monticello Wal-Mart
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SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- Wal-Mart representatives are in the hot seat. Company reps joined state officials for a hearing in Albany to consider revoking the Monticello stores food processing license.
The store has failed five state health inspections since January and has been cited several times for a rat infestation. A hearing officer was presented written documentation and testimonies from both Wal-Mart and state representatives. The hearing officer will issue a recommendation to the Agriculture and Markets Commissioner. Once the commissioner receives the report, he will decide whether or not to revoke the stores license.
If the store’s food processing license is revoked, areas like the deli, bakery and produce will be shut down.
“They’ve created a huge economic burden for the county by having sub-standard cleanliness, there’s really no excuse for it,” said Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards.
“It is very upsetting to everyone, both the people that enter Wal-Mart and the county, as far as why haven’t they addressed the issue prior to this in some real focused way,” Sullivan County Legislator Kitty Vetter said.
County lawmakers are also concerned about the impact the potential closing will have on sales tax revenue and tourism. No word yet on when a decision will be made.