Public hearings set for council meeting

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council meeting Tuesday has three public hearings scheduled, including the hearing for the proposed sale of two parcels to the Gloversville Little League for $2,500.

Mayor Dayton King previously said there is a little strip of land the city owns near the industrial park, and the city wanted to sell it to the Little League because the organization has already built a field on the parcel.

According to the resolution, the contract contains a provision in which the two parcels will revert to the city in the event the league no longer uses the land for games or other activities.

Another hearing at the meeting involves possibly rezoning an entire block.

Resident Richard Ruby said at the last meeting he wants turn a building on Spring Street into a primary residence, but it is zoned for manufacturing.

He asked City Attorney Anthony Casale and the Common Council to consider rezoning the property so he could begin work on the property and eventually make it a place to live.

Casale said the property was originally zoned for commercial use but was changed a few years ago for a potential buyer. However, he said, that sale fell through. He suggested the board consider changing it back to commercial so Ruby could convert the property into a living space.

Casale also said if the property were to stay the way it was, Ruby would have to get a use variance. Casale said he didn’t think Ruby would be successful in that use variance.

However, because the city cannot have “spot zoning,” the council would have to change the zoning for the entire block.

At the last meeting, King asked DPW Director Kevin Jones and Assessor Joni Dennie if any of the other parcels on that block would be negatively affected by a zoning change. Both said the other parcels would not be negatively affected.

The possible zoning change would include a total of six properties including 8 Frontage Road, 49 Spring St., 83 Bleecker St., 40 Church St., 30 Church St. and 52 Church St.

The city also is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on a proposal to change the zoning of the former Pan Am building at 312 W. Fulton St.

Jones said the area was zoned for manufacturing, but when the city took control of the property it was changed to residential.

In order for the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to approve cleanup plans for the site, Jones said, the zoning must be changed back.

The city has some grant money that can’t be used for the entire cleanup project, so local officials will lobby state leaders for a exemption that would let the city use the money.

Following the public hearings, the council is expected to pass formal resolutions, including the zoning changes and sale of the Little League property.

Addendum discussion

King also is scheduled to discuss an addendum to the city Master Plan to comply with the Department of Transportation requirements to approve the break in access on Route 30A and any future development in that area.

“Rather than doing a complete overhaul of it, we believe we can do an addendum to the Master Plan that allows this to happen,” King said. “Essentially, just to say we want a central business district out there, and throughout the nation it seems that this is the way people are shopping and I think they will do the same here.”