ELIZABETHTOWN — After meeting behind closed doors for almost an hour Tuesday, Essex County lawmakers narrowly voted to sell the old Frontier Town to the Town of North Hudson.
The County Board of Supervisors held a 55-minute executive session before voting by weighted vote, 1,633 to 1,288, to allow the town to buy the defunct theme park for $60,000.
The board also rejected a offer from George Moore of Keeseville to buy the park for $65,000.
He actually won Frontier Town in the April 30 county tax auction, but then the county turned down his bid of $49,500, prepared to sell the property to North Hudson.
He made a counteroffer to North Hudson’s price before Tuesday’s session.
‘LOST THIS ROUND’
Moore, who was at the meeting with his attorney, William Russell, said afterward that he doesn’t believe the people of North Hudson want to own the theme park.
“So many people in North Hudson have contacted me who are very much against it (sale to the town),” he said.
Russell said the North Hudson Town Council still has to approve spending the $60,000 to buy the facility.
“We lost this round. There is still litigation and negotiation.”
Russell said the sale to the town seems more like a business transaction than a municipal one.
“It’s speculation,” he said of how the former theme park will be used in the future. “Now that it’s off the tax rolls, it will cost the county more money.”
Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson), who is no relation to George, told lawmakers the town will also pay the county one third of any sale amount over the $60,000 if it’s sold within five years.
The sale had been tabled last week so supervisors could get more information, but Supervisor Moore successfully moved to bring it back at Tuesday’s meeting.