Essex seeks foreclosed land for water plant

— The town of Essex is looking to their namesake county to help them with water woes.

Supervisor Sharon Boisen asked for a resolution during the Dec. 16 Finance Committee meeting to allow the town of Essex to purchase a property located at 288 School Street from Essex County for the cost of back taxes in the amount of $41,950.32.

Boisen said the town wanted to use the property as a site for a new water treatment facility.

“The town wants to have the land for use as a water treatment facility,” Boisen said. “We have not been able to find another site for a well or a treatment facility and the property is located in close proximity to mains and the wastewater treatment plant. We would only need it if we indeed have no other property for the water treatment facility.”

The property has been foreclosed on by the county and is currently under their ownership. It would be one of the potential properties up for auction at the Essex County property sale schedule for April 30.

The property is assessed at around $186,000, which made County Attorney Daniel Manning question if the property would not be more valuable to the county through the sale process.

“This is similar to Mr. Moore’s request,” Manning said. North Hudson Supervisor Roger Moore approached the county last month about a land swap for former Frontier Town land in a resolution that was eventually tabled.

“You need to consider the value of the property if it is assessed at $186,000,” Manning added. “You have a property and it does have value to it which is something that the board would have to take under consideration.”

Boisen said the assessment was not reflective of the current condition of the property.

“An appraisal would be no where near where the assessment is,” she said. “I honestly believe that this property would not be sold in a tax sale. It is not a desirable location.”

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