Council to set hearings on property sales

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall on the proposed sale of 42 Steele Ave.

The house on the property was destroyed in a fire. Only one bid was received for the property, and the Common Council is expected to vote whether to award it to Peter Aldi based on his bid of $2,001 – a dollar more than the minimum sale price.

A public hearing is necessary before the sale is made final.

At the council’s meeting Tuesday, Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones is scheduled to discuss what will be done with the former Water Department building on Third Avenue.

Jones said there is an underground oil tank in the front yard of the building, and a contractor will have to come in to remove the tank. He also said he has received several quotes from contractors, and he expects the council to award the project to one of them.

The city Water Department relocated in December from Third Avenue to South Main Street.

In the spring, the department plans to move its offices out of City Hall to the new building, which will serve as the central office of the Water Department.

The council voted last month to have a commercial appraiser from Coldwell Banker look at the building to determine its value.

The City Assessor Joni Dennie said when she was at the building it had buckets on the second floor to catch the water coming from the roof. She revalued the land and building at $47,900.

Jones also will discuss the zoning change needed for the former Pan Am building at 312 W. Fulton St. He said the area was previously zoned a manufacturing area, and when the city took control of the property, it was changed to residential. In order for the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to approve cleanup plans for the site, the zoning must be changed back.

“We have to re-zone it back to manufacturing or they won’t sign off on the paperwork,” Jones said.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has recommended the cheaper of two options to clean up contamination at the former Pan American Tannery site.

The city has some grant money that can’t be used for the entire cleanup project, so local officials will lobby state leaders for a exemption that would let the city use the money.

In other business, the council may set a public hearing on March 12 for the proposed sale to the Gloversville Little League of two parcels for $2,500.

Mayor Dayton King previously said there is a little strip of land the city owns near the industrial park, and the city wanted to sell it to the Little League because the organization has already built a field on the parcel.

Levi Pascher can be reached by email at [email protected]

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