YOU GET TO VOTE! TOWN BOARD AUTHORIZES REFERENDUM ON GAME ON SPORTS BUBBLE
Release Date: August 29, 2012
YOU GET TO VOTE! GREENBURGH TOWN BOARD AUTHORIZES VOTER REFERENDUM ON GAME ON SPORTS BUBBLE. REFERENDUM TO BE HELD ON ELECTION DAY IN NOVEMBER
The Greenburgh Town Board unanimously voted tonight to let the people decide!
We voted to place on the November election day ballot a referendum asking for voter authorization on whether the town should enter into a revenue and property tax generating lease agreement with Game On 365, LLC to construct a temporary recreation/sports bubble at the old Frank's nursery. The lease will be for a 15 year period and will guarantee the town a minimum of $5,000,000 in property taxes and revenue. Game On will pay all taxes. They will also make a one time upfront payment of $125,000 for an environmental study and cleanup of the foreclosed property.
I am very pleased that voters will have the chance to partner with town officials in making an important decision. If you are interested in holding a community meeting to discuss the referendum or want town officials or Game On representatives to stop by your house to explain the proposal in greater detail, please feel free to call on us. Democracy works best when voters are informed.
At the Town Board meeting tonight we also approved a professional service contract with Woodard & Curran Engineering for a phase II environmental site assessment at the old Frank's nursery for an amount not to exceed $43,550. This assessment will determine the extent of contamination on the property and the amount of remediation that has to take place. Game On will absorb the costs of the study - but if the lease is rejected by the voters the town will have to pay the costs
In other business...the Town Board authorized the Greenburgh Nature Center to have wine and beer at the center when authorized by a permit issued by the Commissioner of Parks for events sponsored by the Nature Center. The center can have wine/beer at events up to four times a year. The center believes that this new law will enable them to improve their fundraising abilities.