Store plans expansion

Country Farms gas station and convenience store is shown on Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council has agreed to hold a public hearing in regards to a proposal to sell a small piece of land to a city business owner for a planned expansion at the South Main Street store.

According to City Attorney Anthony Casale, the owner of the Country Farms gas station approached the city in 2016 seeking to obtain a parcel of city-owned property to allow for a planned expansion.

“It would allow for a more traditional type of expansion, as opposed to an awkwardly shaped corner to the building,” he said.

The city has previously said there is no forseeable use the city would have for the land.

The property owners purchased two adjacent properties lying to the north of the property– one had a house and the other a former restaurant. Both have been demolished.

The store, at 200 S. Main St. was purchased from Cumberland Farms Inc. in 2011 for $575,000 according to the Fulton County tax map.

Casale said the city has been awaiting a survey and description of the property before going forward. In addition, Casale said he was awaiting the owner hiring an attorney as well, which has since happened.

“We are now in a position to put this [matter] to bed,” Casale said.

Casale said the council previously agreed by motion last year to sell the plot for $100, based on the recommendation of City Assessor Joni Dennie.

The land abuts the Rail Trail, but the sale will not affect the Rail Trail, which runs behind the convenience store.

Casale said in order to move forward with a potential sale, the city would need to pass an ordinance after holding a public hearing.

The public hearing will be held during the May 9 meeting of the council.

Also during the meeting, the council approved two resolutions modifying the terms and conditions of employment for City Clerk Jennifer Mazur and Deputy Clerk Kristy Kemment.

The resolutions allow the two to opt out of the city health insurance plan. The change would also see a $1,500 annual payment to the clerk and deputy clerk for opting out of the city health plan.

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