Yorktown is ending its contract with the golf course operator

The Town of Yorktown has officially severed ties with the developer of the new Par 3 golf course in Jefferson Valley for failing to correct multiple building code violations and The attachment is not opened As I promised.

The city council’s action last week comes as no surprise since the board voted in early September to terminate the franchise agreement with RC Recreation Department, LLC if it is unable to clear pending violations, expired mechanics, plumbing, and renovation permits, and open the town-owned park by November 15. .

“The developer has swung from giving us four bogus opening dates to claiming that our contract does not require them to give us the expected opening date. It is clear to the City Council that this company is an unreliable partner who is either unable or unwilling to redevelop the golf course in a time frame Reasonable,” said moderator Matt Slater.

On November 15, town inspectors visited the golf course and found electrical hazards and several unsolved violations cited in July, including people living illegally in trailers, unsafe bridges, and plumbing problems. Parks Superintendent James Martorano told City Council that some of the shoddy work done recently on the nine-hole golf course included putting sod on the golf greens before installing the irrigation system, which is not assembled on the property.

“I don’t see this golf course opening with this group in the next two years, realistically,” Martorano said.

Yorktown Recreation Commission Chairman Matthew Talbert told the board that the prolonged closure of the golf course was frustrating, noting how other projects in the city, such as the Lowe’s Shopping Center, were being completed in the meantime.

“It’s not being managed properly, and moving forward with this group is not in the best interest of the city. I’m sad, because I love the people out there, because they just don’t get the job done,” Talbert said.

The property has not been used since 2007 when the Shallow Greek Golf Course closed. In 2014, city officials entered into a 10-year agreement with RC Recreation to restore the site as Valley Fields golf course, but progress stalled when RC president Rocco Cambareri died in 2017.

In 2018, the lease with RC was extended until 2028 when a Cambareri partner took control. In 2020, Valley Fields was fined by the state for operating without a required permit. A potential spring or summer 2021 opening has yet to materialize. In December 2021, the Town Planning Board approved the Valefields site plan.

After the golf course failed to open as promised on the Fourth of July weekend, building inspector John Landy issued a stop-work order to the RC, identifying 18 “abstract necessities” that had to be resolved before golfers could be on site.

Landy also revealed that two campers had been planted on the property for over a year, one of which was allegedly used as a residence. When Landy and the Yorktown police visited, there was evidence of someone living in the camper and they were ordered to leave.

Ironically, on November 16, a road rage incident at Route 202 and Stony Street led to the arrest of a man illegally sitting on the golf course.

Dennis Flynn, 57, has been arrested by Yorktown Police and charged with two counts of making threats and endangering the welfare of a child. According to police, Flynn was involved in a dispute with a motorist and accused of displaying a large butcher’s knife and threatening to kill the motorist in front of his child.

After his arrest, Flynn told police he was living at 795 Route 6, the address for the Par 3 golf course.

“This is another sad chapter in this terrible story. No one in town who tried to work with this group wouldn’t be surprised. It’s time for this bad actor to get out of our town,” Slater remarked. “Their performance was a failure and this latest incident is totally unacceptable.”

RC filed a Section 78 lawsuit in state Supreme Court in July accusing city officials of using a “Keystone Cops approach to local zoning enforcement” and engaging in a “politically motivated campaign.” The RC is named specifically for Slater, council member Sergio Esposito, and Landy.

“Slater, Esposito and Landy made no secret of their desire to replace RC at any cost, regardless of the existing contract, and along the way not only engaged in abusive, irrational, and illegal conduct, but also breached the contract in several respects and violated RC’s rights to procedural and substantive due process, the right In not being subjected to searches and seizures without judicial warrant, under the fourth, fifth and fourteenth provisions.The tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” the suit states.

In the lawsuit, RC maintains that course redevelopment may “be delayed from time to time due to external and unforeseen factors, whether it be insect infestations, COVID-19 related closures, and supply chain disruptions.”

The city council is looking for requests for proposals from other vendors to operate the golf course.

“Everyone has really tried to work with this group,” Esposito said last week. “It is unfortunate that it was not reciprocated. We were all on board trying to make this collection a success.”

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