OGDENSBURG – The city council has passed resolutions authorizing the demolition of seven condemned homes and the auctioning off of surplus properties in the city.
The first of two resolutions authorizes City Manager Stephen P. Jellie to enter into a contract with Diversified Construction Services, Phoenix, Oswego County, for the demolition of up to seven condemned structures.
The structures are 7 Brown St., 131 Patterson St., 624 Irvin St., 402 New York Ave., 1000 Jefferson Ave., 605 Irvin St. and 101-113 Lake St.
According to the resolution, the demolition of these structures should not exceed $174,000.
Councilwoman Nichole L. Kennedy moved an amendment to the resolution to add 30 Main Street, the property of the abandoned cheese factory now owned by the city.
“In an effort to move forward as soon as possible, within 72 hours of awarding the bid, they will begin the permitting process and this building will be closed by mid-September,” Ms Kennedy said. “When that happens, it will be a big win.”
The amendment passed unanimously, changing the resolution to “not to exceed $371,000”.
“This is going to be a big step for our city,” Mayor Jeffrey M. Skelly said.
Councilman John A. Rishe clarified that the bid for the removal of the property was $197,000, but that cost does not include the cost of landfilling and other items estimated by staff at approximately $100,000.
“Third-party air monitoring for asbestos abatement, which is $650 per day, and actual landfill costs, the city will bear the cost,” said Andrea L. Smith, director of planning and development. “As a municipality, we’re eligible to apply for a reduced tipping fee, so it’s cheaper than just having it privately hauled.”
Ms. Kennedy noted that with the demolition of 1000 Jefferson Ave., she hopes the city can use the land for the city’s youth.
“It will bring a lot of vibrancy and hopefully sales tax revenue to the city once we can clean up some of these properties,” Ms. Kennedy said.
The resolution was adopted unanimously.
The second resolution, declaring the property surplus and authorizing Mr. Jellie to hold a public auction, also passed unanimously.
The 15 properties include lots on Mill, Lake, State, Jay, King, Washington, Pickering, Lafayette, Franklin and Champlain Streets and Adams and Plover Hill Avenues.
The auction is scheduled for August 2 at 2 p.m. at City Hall.
Mr Rishe started the discussion, wondering if there should be more than one notice for people to see properties before they go up for auction.
To this, Ms Smith said there will be a legal notice about the properties in the newspapers if approved as well as a press release on the city’s website.
“I personally think we can do a better job of providing more notice,” Mr Rishe said. “The county puts out an entire post about theirs. I realize there aren’t that many, but I think we can do a better job of that. There’s going to be a lot of people who aren’t aware of these properties coming I’m afraid, but we can see what’s going on.