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May 1, 2014

106 properties bring almost $1 million

TICONDEROGA — Essex County got about $1 million from 106 properties on the auction block Wednesday before a crowd at the Best Western Inn Plus here.

More than 250 people — 130 of them registered bidders — crammed the hotel ballroom for the sale, which included parcels with unpaid property taxes for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

At the end of the day, the sale had generated $988,990 for county coffers.

The main attraction was the old Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson, which went for only $49,500.

The buyer was George Moore of Keeseville, who bought the park’s A-frame entrance building in the last tax sale, seven years ago.

The county had combined four parcels of the wild-west theme park, which was last open in 1998, for the auction.

The Frontier Town Gas Station across Blue Ridge Road from the park sold for $130,000. That buyer’s name wasn’t immediately available.

RAPIDFIRE BIDDING

Haroff Auction and Realty of Schroon Lake teamed up with Absolute Auction and Realty of Pleasant Valley to sell the parcels.

Auctioneers Greg Frederick, Frank Peterzack and Rob Doyle took turns, with rapid-fire bidding from audience members who had signed up ahead of time.

County Treasurer Michael Diskin monitored the auction.

“The bids have been fairly reasonable,” he said near the end of the sale. “Overall, the prices are what you’d expect. We’re getting a reasonable amount for the properties.”

The income from the sale will boost the county’s bottom line, the treasurer said.

LEGAL ISSUES

Eighteen properties were removed from the sale when owners paid their back taxes and penalties by the two-week deadline before the auction.

“We pulled another three in the last few days,” Diskin said before the auction began. “Two were for legal questions and one for a suit that was filed.”

North Hudson resident Sindy Brazee filed a notice of claim for the J Bar Motel property, where she lives. The property is located at U.S. Route 9 and Blue Ridge Road and was formerly owned by Frontier Town.

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