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July 5, 2014

Essex County tries to resolve auction issue

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County officials say George Moore’s latest proposal on Frontier Town was a counteroffer to one the county made to settle dispute over ownership of the theme park.

Moore originally won Frontier Town with a high bid of $49,500 at the County Tax Auction June 30.

But his winning bid was rejected so the county could sell the property to the Town of North Hudson for recreational uses.

The whole process was thrown into limbo when Moore, who owns George Moore Truck and Equipment Co. in Keeseville, filed an Article 78 proceeding against the county and North Hudson on June 12, seeking to have the court give him ownership of Frontier Town.

A hearing on the suit is scheduled for State Supreme Court of Essex County on Aug. 8.

North Hudson was paying $60,000 for the park, and Moore’s counteroffer for $65,000 was also rejected by county lawmakers.

 

COUNTY COUNTEROFFER

County Attorney Daniel Manning III said this week that the county made another counteroffer two weeks ago: to sell Moore the property for the $65,000, if he granted North Hudson the easements and rights-of-way it wants for multi-use recreational trails. The county would also retain a portion of the park.

Manning said Moore responded last week through his attorney, William Russell of Keeseville, but further negotiation is needed.

“We waited, and Bill Russell sent back a letter saying, ‘We will give you access,’ not an easement,” Manning said.

“Now Bill’s offer has been presented to the board, and (North Hudson Supervisor) Ron Moore is presenting it to his (Town Council).”

 

COMPROMISE

Manning said the compromise was the idea of Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson), no relation to George.

“Ron Moore came in and said, ‘I’m trying to come up with a compromise.’ Everybody said, ‘Let’s do it.’ We sat down, got a map, and we wanted two easements the length of the property.

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