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January 1, 2014

North Hudson gets woodlands

ELIZABETHTOWN — A 132-acre woodlot that was once part of the Frontier Town theme-park property will soon belong to the Town of North Hudson.

The County Board of Supervisors had previously tabled the requested transfer of title to woodlands on the east side of Route 9 to North Hudson.

But Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson) moved Monday to reopen the resolution and hold a vote.

A request from the Town of Essex for another tax-sale lot didn't fare as well and was turned down by lawmakers.

RECREATION TRAILS

The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation Service did a report on the North Hudson parcel that some supervisors requested, Moore said.

He said North Hudson wants it for its trail system, for activities such as hiking, snowmobiling and horseback riding.

He said the wooded lot has nothing to do with the other Frontier Town properties that are in the county tax auction, scheduled for April 30.

Those properties contain buildings and are the nucleus of the defunct theme park. Frontier Town closed after the 1998 season.

Moore said his town would pay the taxes, which are about $17,000 with penalties and interest, $11,000 without.

“Part of our economic future in Essex County is in recreation and tourism,” outgoing Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey (D-Minerva) said. “Mr. Moore has really stepped up to the plate on this one.”

'NEW PRECEDENT'

Supervisor Roby Politi (R-North Elba) said he realizes the board has long ago set a precedent of turning certain tax-sale properties over to towns that ask for them.

“We’ve looked at these (transfers) for public health and safety, municipal benefit or redevelopment,” Politi said. “Consider a new precedent: a reverser-clause type of agreement.

“A modification of this resolution (would) say in the event the county should authorize transfer of any property to a township in lieu of taxes or a tax sale, it should be further agreed that should said township subsequently resell the property that Essex County shall be compensated for one-third of the sale proceeds.”

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