Saranac Lake village wants to sell parcels

SARANAC LAKE – The village plans to sell a list of unused village-owned properties, including a waterfront lot on Lake Colby that it first wants to annex from the town of Harrietstown.

At a meeting last month, the village Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing the village manager to “take all actions that may be necessary” to annex the vacant 0.8-acre parcel parcel on Moir Road, and then market it for residential development.

It’s not the first time the village has pursued annexation of the parcel, which it acquired from the Fobare family in 1978. In 2010, the board sent a letter to then-Harrietstown Supervisor Larry Miller asking the town to consent to the village’s annexation of the property, but it never moved forward. At that time, the village said it planned to use the property to expand its beach and extend its water and sewer system to potential customers outside the village.

The resolution approved more recently says the board has “determined that the highest and best use of the parcel would be development of a residential property.” It also says “proper” development of the parcel for residential use would require connections to village water and sewer, but that the property must be annexed into the village before it can receive those services, per a local law the board adopted in 2010. Connecting the parcel to village water and sewer would also help protect the water quality of Lake Colby, the resolution states.

Asked why the village needs to annex the property before selling it off, village Mayor Clyde Rabideau told the Enterprise, “It boils down to what’s in the public interest.

“We feel that having that property in the village and giving it police protection and the whole host of village services will make it more valuable and be in the public interest,” Rabideau said.

In addition to the Moir Road parcel, the village has declared eight other properties it owns surplus, the first step in putting them up for sale. The list includes a 2-acre lot on Kiwassa Road, a quarter-acre parcel on McComb Street and several smaller properties on Main Street, Front Street, Broadway and Alpine Terrace.

The resolution the board approved says the village has “no intent to use these properties for any public purpose” and “authorizes the village manager to take all necessary actions to sell said properties.”

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