SARANAC LAKE - The village Board of Trustees is moving forward with plans to swap a small parcel of village-owned land near the Berkeley Green for an adjacent parcel that belongs to a downtown business owner.
At its meeting Monday night, the board scheduled a public hearing on a proposal to deem 156 square feet of village property as surplus, a legal requirement that must be met before the village can proceed with the land swap. The resolution scheduling the hearing notes that the village is not using and doesn't plan to use the small property for any municipal purpose.
The village plans to swap the parcel it owns for a 202-square-foot parcel crossed by a sidewalk that runs between Berkeley Green and the parking lot. That parcel belongs to Monarque Holdings, a company owned by Greg Moore, who owns the building on Main Street where his business, Bear Essentials, and the Community Store are located.
Mayor Clyde Rabideau told the Enterprise in December that old oil tanks were found buried in the village-owned land, which runs along a retaining wall next to the village parking lot behind Moore's building.
"We thought it would be in the best interest of the village to get rid of the liability of those tanks and swap that for the sidewalk by the parking lot that we're maintaining," Rabideau said.
Moore had the tanks removed last summer at his own expense. He also removed a deck on the back of the building, installed by the building's prior owners, that encroached on the village's property.
"Swapping those two parcels will give me up to the wall in the back in case I want to put a picnic table out there or whatever, and the other piece will give the village a contiguous path to the parking lot," Moore said at the time.
No money would change hands as part of the land swap.
The public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the village offices on the second floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall.
Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.