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WADDINGTON – The Village Board will take another month before it votes on whether it will sell its surplus properties to adjacent landowners.

Board members voted to table the issue Monday following the absence of Board Members William R. Shoen and Craig Bogart.

“This is something we want all the board members to here for and vote on,” Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada said.

Located along the St. Lawrence River, the seven parcels equal 5.02 acres.

The parcels were sold back to the village in 2007 as part of the 2003 Relicensing Agreement with the New York Power Authority.

The village board passed a resolution in January to allow North Country Management, LLC, conduct appraisals of only five parcels of land at $1,625 total or $325 per appraisal.

The board received the appraisals Monday. So far five of the seven parcels have been appraised at a total of $317,000.

“I’d like to have at least the month to look over the appraisals,” Board Member William E. Dashnaw said.

Mr. Dashnaw and Mr. Shoen, members of the committee in charge of exploring viable options for the land, plan to take the month determining whether auction or private sale of the land would be most beneficial to the village.

Several adjacent landowners have already shown interest in purchasing the land, Mrs. Otto-Cassada said.

The village faces some obstacles in selling the land. Many of the properties are located on a 100-year flood plain, effective May 11, 1979, according to the report filed by the appraisers.

The New York Power Authority also owns over 200 feet of shoreline on many of the properties.

The board will meet again at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Waddington Municipal Building, 48 Maple St.

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