City mulling plans for selling building

GLOVERSVILLE – Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones discussed with the Common Council the city’s plans for the former Water Department Building on Third Avenue.

Jones said he would like to declare the building as surplus city property because he doesn’t see any beneficial use of the building to the city.

“The city might be better served if we got a real estate agent involved in this to get better exposure and help us sell,” Jones said. “Some advertising and exposure will be good for that building.”

However, City Assessor Joni Dennie said she revalued the building because of the current condition.

“The garage area is in average condition and all other areas of the building are only useful as storage,” she said. “The second floor has water damage to the ceilings and the building needs a new roof.”

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.

“If you are going to put it up for general auction make sure you get what the building is worth,” Dennie said.

The council voted Tuesday to have a commercial appraiser from Coldwell Banker come to look at the building to determine the value.

The city Water Department relocated in December from its location on Third Avenue to a central location on South Main Street. In the spring, the department plans to move the offices out of City Hall to the new building, which will serve as the central office of the city Water Department.