Louis Delmonte, the town supervisor in Sheridan, faces charges for violating state environmental law after he tried demolishing and burying his old garage on site, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported.
The DEC cited Delmonte, who's also the former owner of an automotive repair shop in Sheridan, for illegal disposal of solid waste.
A recently-completed investigation by Environmental Conservation Officer Jerry Kinney revealed Delmonte allegedly borrowed an excavator from a friend and dug a large hole at the site of the ramshackle repair shop at 2799 Route 20 in an attempt to demolish and bury the building, the DEC reported.
"Nearly half the demolished building was placed in the hole prior to Kinney receiving an anonymous complaint," the DEC said.
Kinney determined that a required asbestos abatement was not completed.