YORKTOWN, N.Y. The Yorktown Town Board praised the town's highway department for completing the demolition of the former Holland Sporting Club in Mohegan Lake and saving the town an estimated $60,000.
"This is a prime example of when the Town Board places their faith in their town departments, what can be done. My hat's off to you," said council member Dave Paganelli.
Highway Department Superintendent Eric DiBartolo said his crew completed the removal of 14 dilapidated structures, which date back to the 1920s, on 14 acres in five days, filling 49 trash bins with 304 tons of debris. He said the town's cost was $29,748.75.
"We're done. We're out of there. It worked out well," DiBartolo said.
Members of the Town Board took turns thanking DiBartolo and other employees for working in sometimes brutally hot conditions.
"A job well done to our department head Eric and his workers," said council member Terrence Murphy. "It really was unsafe and I'm glad it came to an end."
Town officials will soon meet with the Open Space and Parks and Recreation commissions to discuss options for the property, which overlooks Mohegan Lake.
"I don't want it to sit foul for 20 years," said Supervisor Michael Grace. "I think it would be sinful to let that property go foul."
Patrick Cumiskey, a six-year resident of Horton Road, said a committee of local residents has been formed to help the town decide how best to utilize the now-vacant land.
"This property is a beautiful resource," Cumiskey said. "We want to be a positive impact. We don't want to be asking. We want to be giving."
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