Albion spends $37,500 to buy 25 acres to dump leaves, brush and snow

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 September 2017 at 10:15 am

ALBION – The Village Board approved paying $37,500 for about 25 acres on East State Street so the village has a place to dump brush, leaves and snow.

The village has been using land by the sewer plant on Densmore Street. However, that space is likely to be used to install an array of solar panels.

That project had the village looking for another dumping site. Village officials like the land that has been owned by Rich Colonna. The land has three driveways. It is just east of the Sandstone Park baseball field, between Brown Street and Butts Road.

The purchase offer was almost held up during Wednesday’s board meeting when village attorney John Gavenda suggested Albion have the site surveyed before submitting a purchase offer. Gavenda said the boundaries on tax maps can change after the land is professionally surveyed.

Village Trustee Stan Farone said there is so much land that changing the boundaries by a few feet really wouldn’t matter for the village’s purposes.

Gavenda said if problems arise with a survey usually the seller has the burden to resolve the issue. The village, once it acquires the land, will be responsible for any issues, Gavenda said.

The board approved buying the land with a survey to be done after the fact. If there are no major issues, the sale will become finalized. The village will pay for the survey.

The board on Wednesday also approved an agreement with the Village of Elba for Albion DPW workers to repair any leaks in waterlines in Elba. Albion will be paid $40 per hour, plus the cost of equipment, as part of the agreement.

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