Demolition begins on Memorial Field in Mount VernonPosted: Updated:
Part of an iconic Mount Vernon park is being demolished after years of being in terrible condition and unusable.
Heavy machinery tore down the steel girders of the grandstands at Memorial Field Monday morning.
Mayor Richard Thomas said this step marks major progress in the restoration process. The goal is that the field will be home to an eight-lane track, tennis courts and concerts.
He said that the project is being done in memory of his mother.
City officials want to know who is paying for the demolition and renovation, since the legislature never signed off on it. George Brown, the city clerk of Mount Vernon, tells News 12 that the mayor is acting illegally.
"We're spending public money and we have to go by the rules and regulations, those rules and regulations haven't been adhered to,” he said. “We're going to probably have lawsuits."
The city comptroller said the budget does not have funds to pay for the project.
However, Mayor Thomas said the city has over $1 million set aside.
The mayor plans to move forward with the plan. The next step is hiring a project manager.