Gloversville Mayor Dayton King may have his city's financial interests at heart, but his pursuit of a possible annexation of the "Tractor Supply plaza" on Route 30A may cause more harm than good.
The mayor and town of Johnstown Supervisor Nancy MacVean recently met to talk about the property, which borders Gloversville but is in the town. MacVean says King suggested a "hostile takeover" of the property. King, however, says the meeting was amicable and he told MacVean he's interested in looking into ways the two localities can share in the revenue from the plaza.
Regardless of how the meeting went, the issue is sure to create tension between the town and city - something neither municipality needs.
The mayor says a 1971 agreement between the shopping plaza and the Gloversville Water Board may have expired last year under state guidelines. He says the city no longer is obligated to provide water to the plaza.
This could present the possibility of city annexation of the land. If that were to happen, the town would lose property and tax revenue. MacVean also is worried Gloversville wouldn't stop at the plaza, but also seek annexation of other commercial properties bordering the town along Route 30A.
It's important for the city and town to talk about this issue calmly and professionally. Hostilities between neighboring communities can have negative outcomes.
If Gloversville were to seek annexation, we doubt the town would accept it quietly. A long, bitter legal battle could result. The disagreement could disrupt the municipalities' sharing of services and resources, and their cooperative efforts to foster business and industrial growth.
Gloversville should approach this matter carefully and keep the bigger picture in view. The city and town have reached positive agreements in recent years. They should continue along that course.