by Dan McClelland
With the Tupper Lake Heritage Museum now moved over to its new home in the train station, town officials on October 11 agreed to put the former downtown fire station building up for sale.
Over five years ago an earlier town board tried to sell the Pine St. building. The only bidder eventually backed away from the deal.
Supervisor Patricia Littlefield raised the matter in old business at the October monthly meeting.
“Do we want to sell the former downtown fire station as excess property?” she asked her board. “Do we want to put in on the market now? Do we want to wait for spring?” she asked.
“The sooner the better, as far as I am concerned” Councilman John Quinn told her.
“We have the appraisal on it.” added Councilman Mike Dechene. “I think we should move forward with it.”
Town Clerk Laurie Fuller reported this week the appraiser's price was $121,000.
The officials that evening moved a resolution deeming the building surplus property and agreed to advertise for bids, setting the appraisal price as the minimum bid in the tender. The separate motions were offered by Mr. Quinn and they both passed unanimously.
Town Attorney Kirk Gagnier said the town should sell the building “as is” via a quit claim deed, with the purchaser assuming all closing costs.
The bid opening is November 29 at 2p.m.