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Bolivar demolition debacle: Property owner makes statement, provides documents

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Patrick Dempsey ‘cleans the air’ after state finds no asbestos hazards

Dempsey to Moyer: “…It is nothing but slander.

Andrew Harris

On July 20, it reported that the demolition of a house on Bolivar’s main street has become a potential public health concern. Village officials indicated that asbestos was a concern and issued a “work stoppage order”. Bolivar law enforcement officer Roger Moyer was interviewed and told the Sun that the applicant, Dempsey, refused to comply with the order and was forced to call the NYS Department of Labor Asbestos Control Board (ACB). Read that report here.

On August 26th, we received an email from Michael Retzlaff, Superintendent of Bolivar Richburg Central School. This included the results of his ACB, and it was determined that no airborne infections were detected at or near the demolition site. Read that report and documentation here.

Prior to publishing any of the above reports, Dempsey was given the opportunity to comment and declined to comment “until a later date.” Below is the statement Dempsey provided yesterday.

“In January 2022, we applied for and received a demonstration permit for our 150-year-old farmhouse at 421 Main Street Bolivar from the village law enforcement officer, Mr. Moyer. More than three months later, on May 9. On May 10, at about 8:30 a.m. that day, Mr. Moyer showed up at the scene, saying that he had just received a complaint and He informed me that he would need to complete an asbestos report before proceeding, and I told him he never informed me of the matter before I started the demo, and that he had permission to do an asbestos inspection. I said he never imposed a requirement, but he claimed I needed it now.

So I stopped the demonstration work, received the asbestos report, and met Mr. Moyer at the Village Hall on June 13th and gave him a copy of the report. At that meeting, I told his Mr. Moyer that he had investigated the Village Uniform Code and that he had violated it. That said, all his Stop Work Orders must be dated and signed. law enforcement officer, and must state the reasons for issuance, and they should be handed directly to the permit owner or sent by certified mail to the permit owner – he did not “I can write to you now! But he still didn’t. After reading the asbestos report, Moyer said, ‘Basically, they didn’t do anything.’ I couldn’t find it,” and asked me when I was going to finish the project. After resolving the issue with the Village Board, I called Mr. Moyer on the morning of July 5th. He said he had just drafted an order giving permission to proceed with the demonstration and that he was to meet at the Village Hall. at 11:30 to pick up a copy. I met his Mr. Moyer. He showed me a copy of this order form over the phone, but he said he couldn’t print it and would have it printed by the Village Clerk. I replied that it was fine and that I would come back to pick it up that day. At 1:13 am that same day, less than two hours later, Mr. Moyer left me a voicemail saying he had received a call from **** ********. A work order, and that the caller planned to file a complaint with his NYSDOL. After waiting another two weeks for Mr. Moyer to hand over the official work stoppage order or send it to me by certified mail (which he is legally obligated to do), for whatever reason – either incompetence or willfully wearing the village uniform. Even after reminding him about it on June 13th, the code never ran to completion – I completed the project on July 19th. Not only was it presented in that condition, but it was my responsibility if someone got hurt while stepping on the property. NYSDOL showed up the next day.

On July 23rd, I heard that Mr. Moyer instructed the Main Street Head Start program that it should be closed due to obvious health risks. That morning, I immediately contacted school officials to inform them of the asbestos report I had made and to ask if I would like a copy for their records.

Mr. Moyer’s claim that I refused to honor his order to stop working is nothing short of defamatory. If Mr. Moyer was so concerned with public safety, from his remarks after reading the June 13 report that he “so basically found nothing,” it was only after NYSDOL that Chernobyl he Why did you act like you had the site of Why didn’t he disclose to school officials the report he had in his possession since June 13th?

Bottom line, had I known before I received my demo permit that doing this little project would be a 3 ring circus, I would have sold the property and moved on.


Patrick Dempsey

Below is a copy of the permit and applicable Bolivar village law.

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