MOUNT VERNON, NY — July 29, 2019 — Acting Mount Vernon Mayor André Wallace, has finalized the publication of bids for the remediation of the illegally dumped dirt at Memorial Field. Working in close contact with the Court, Mayor Wallace and City Clerk George Brown have made available the bid package for potential vendors to tour the site and submit sealed bids to clean up the Memorial Field site, in accordance with the directives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Bid packages are available today at the City Clerk’s Office for interested vendors. A site walk-through is scheduled for August 13, 2019, with bid selection on August 20, 2019.
“This project is going to start moving quickly,” said Wallace. “Former Mayor Richard Thomas and others have used this project as a political football for far too long. It’s time to get the site cleaned up so the County can start construction. I will reach out to DEC to attempt to avoid the hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties that inaction and political grandstanding has cost this City over the last 10 years.”
This project has been the subject of active litigation, which resulted in the former mayor being placed under a temporary restraining order while the project was actively overseen by the Court. With all parties now working together, instead of at odds, work should begin by the end of August and handed over to the County for construction in time for an opening next summer.
“Upon being sworn in as Mayor, ending the drama at Memorial Field has been one of my first priorities. We’re moving Memorial Field forward. No more wasting time. Let’s get to work,” added Wallace.
SOURCE: Acting Mount Vernon Mayor André Wallace.