Foreclosures net county $500K

W ashington County’s sale of 38 foreclosed properties brought in just over $500,000, which was $350,000 more than the taxes due on those properties.

More than 100 sites were originally listed as having been seized for back taxes, but the owners repurchased many of those.

The auction brought in $500,975 for properties that had a total of $150,5458.41 in back taxes. That leaves a net profit of $350,516.59. There will be expenses to come out of that, but the remainder will go back into the county bank accounts.

Four of the properties purchased were in Granville. Two were purchased by Dwayne Daigle and once each by Laura Dalaba and James Tomkiewicz.

There were also 11 foreclosed properties sold in Whitehall, and three were sold in Dresden.

One property, in Fort Ann, drew a great deal of controversy. First-year Supervisor Darlene Dumas expressed anger at the meeting, because instead of selling a property in Fort Ann to a furniture company that wanted to open a factory, the board put it up for auction.

The property went for the minimum bid of $40,000 to the owner of an adjacent quarry. The furniture company had offered $46,000 and would have been hiring for jobs, said Dumas.

 

New policies

Chairman John Rymph responded to Granville Supervisor Matt Hicks’ suggestion to change the rules for public participation at board meetings.

There was only one public speaker, but the rules were out for all people entering. The addition is a paragraph that says, “Speakers are limited to their own comments and should not present those of others. Written comments by others shall be submitted to the clerk of the Board of Supervisors for distribution to the Board if requested.”

Hicks had raised his concerns following a board meeting when Lake Lauderdale residents opposed to the kayak and canoe launching area there read several letters into the record.

The rules still limit speakers to five minutes and prohibit them from political speech or derogatory comments against others. Speakers must see a supervisor in advance to be recognized.

 

Other business

After the position had been open for several months, the board named a new director of the Office of the Aging.

Gina Cantanucci-Mitchell of Fort Ann was named to replace Claire Murphy, who is now the executive director of the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council.

The board will hold a public hearing on the budget for SUNY Adirondack’s 2012-2013 school year. The overall budget is $26.4 million, and the county portion is $1.3 million.

The county accepted $2,578 in federal funds to make polling places more accessible to the handicapped. No details were available.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Lakes Region Freepress 04/11/14

Northshire Freepress 04/11/14

North Country Freepress – 04/11/14

Weekender 04/11/14

Bob Preston Chase, 85

  Robert Preston Chase, (Bob), 85, of Poughkeepsie and Granville, N.Y. passed away on April 4, 2014, He succumbed to […]

Classifieds 04/09/14

Community Calendar 04/10/14

Thursday, April 10   Gardening Books ARLINGTON For $3, Martha Canfield Library has “Gardening Book Bundles,” an individual assortment of […]

Village seeks to improve Main Street

The Village Board discussed bringing back a Business Façade Improvement policy and possibly new sidewalks on Church Street at their […]

Slate Museum hosting national art exhibit

Get ready to be blown away by Slate Valley Museum’s first ever National Art Exhibition – “Slate as Muse” that […]

Food pantry, Stewart’s makes donation

The Hartford Food Pantry and Stewarts donated $400 dollars to the Hartford Central School’s lunch program Wednesday, March 26. Pete […]

Kathryn Isabel (Evers) Layden, 82

Kathryn Isabel (Evers) Layden, 82, passed away on April 7, 2014, at Schuyler Ridge residential health care facility in Clifton […]

John Glendon LaRose, 83

John Glendon LaRose, 83, of Hatch Hill Road, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Monday, April  7, […]