Gloversville OKs sale of land to Little League

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council approved the sale of two parcels of land to the Gloversville Little League on Tuesday.

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.

There was no opposition to the sale during a public hearing. The parcels were sold for $2,500.

Gloversville Little League President David Karpinski attended the meeting Tuesday and thanked Mayor Dayton King and the council for selling the land to the league.

“As many of you know Gloversville Little League accommodates 350 youths in Gloversville and Mayfield in our program,” Karpinski said. “We are a self-sustaining program and it takes about $50,000 a year to operate the Little League. Most of that is through signs, team sponsors and sign-up fees of the kids and we are one of the few little leagues that own and operate our own property.”

He said when the league noticed it had built a tee-ball field and other facilities on city property, it asked the city to sell the land.

Karpinski explained one of the parcels is near where the industrial parkway meets with Harrison Street, and the intermediate field is on it. He said the other parcel is located where the league recently built the new tee-ball field.

“We cleared land and did some work last year, and while we were doing some research for grants and the history of Parkhurst Field, we recognized that there was some encroachment onto the city land, so we brought it to the city’s attention in order to make it right,” Karpinski said after the meeting. “It was inadvertent on our part many, many years ago – actually decades ago – and this was an opportunity to make it right.”

Water building

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones discussed the city’s plans to sell the former Water Department Building on Third Avenue.

The council unanimously approved declaring the former Water Department building as surplus city property and put the property for sale to the public for a minimum bid of $25,000.

The resolution said the bids will be received until 10 a.m. on April 3 in the City Clerk’s office. It also said the city reserves the right to reject any and all bids it may receive.

Prior to putting the property to bid, the city had to spend more than $4,600 to remove an underground fuel tank at the former city Water Department property on North Main Street.

Jones said removing the tank prevented any future city liability for the tank. He said removal of the tank went well and 742 gallons of oil were still in the tank when it was removed. He said the city was able to sell that oil for 55 cents a gallon and the soil samples showed there was no problem with the tank contaminating the land.

“There was absolutely nothing they found on site that indicates one drop of oil came out of that tank over the years,” Jones said.

Jones said he already has four potential buyers waiting for the property to go to bid. He suggested the council set the bid on the lower end to influence competition between the buyers.

However, council members said they decided to set the minimum bid at a price that would eliminate unrealistic bidders.

“There is some competition there so we have to set at least set a guideline so they know what we are looking for,” First Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth said.

Wentworth said if the bids the city receives are lower than the desired amount, the city then could have a real-estate agent help sell the building.

City Assessor Joni Dennie previously said she valued the property at $47,900.

The city Water Department relocated in December from the building to a central location on South Main Street.