Bidder gets break on cost of house

JOHNSTOWN – A man who bought a vacant Fulton County-owned house at a county auction will see about $12,000 knocked off the purchase price because the house was burglarized a week after the auction.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized the sale of 4 Thompson Ave. in Gloversville to William Neallon for $3,441. Neallon previously had the winning bid of $15,500 for the property at a June 18 county auction.

Gloversville police on June 23 apprehended three people who allegedly removed kitchen cabinets, bathroom fixtures, copper plumbing and electrical wiring from the 4 Thompson Ave. building. County officials said this resulted in “extensive damage” to the value of the property.

Gloversville police said they found these suspects inside the house: George Russell, 59, of 1237 County Highway 107, Fort Johnson; Richard Jackson, 34, of 627 County Highway 110, Broadalbin; and Craig Teater, 41, of 12 S. Second Ave., Broadalbin. Each was charged with felony third-degree burglary, felony third-degree criminal mischief and misdemeanor petit larceny. Police said the suspects were found along with a pickup truck they were using to remove property from inside the building.

The resolution approved Monday by the Board of Supervisors said Neallon agreed to still buy the property, but equal to the down payment of $3,441, which he already gave to the county treasurer.

Titles transferred

In another property matter Monday before the board, supervisors transferred titles of five vacant Gloversville properties to the Gloversville Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Corp. The corporation requested donation of the vacant tax-foreclosed properties in the city to repair them for future development opportunities.

The county will sell the following parcels to the not-for-profit corporation for $1 each: 131 E. Fulton St., 4 Phair St., 6 Phair St., 40 Burr St. and 12 Mill St.

“I think this is going to be very good for the city of Gloversville,” said Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr.

The resolution approved Monday said the Finance Committee reviewed the corporation’s request and recommended transfer of the five parcels as part of a pilot program.

The program will be done on a trial basis to be monitored for success in conjunction with the organization’s “community enhancement goals” over the next 12 months.

The corporation’s goals are similar to that of the county’s Operation Green Scene program, according to the county.

The proposed sale is contingent upon the county obtaining a written commitment from the corporation, county officials said.

The commitment states any parcels obtained will be cleaned, landscaped and fenced in within six months of the resolution – by Jan. 14.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead said this program will have short- and long-term benefits. In the short term, he said, the properties will become fenced, landscaped properties.