FONDA - The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors' Finance Committee convened Tuesday to move several resolutions to the full Board of Supervisors and to schedule a meeting to discuss the preliminary budget for the 2013 fiscal year.
Among the resolutions moved to the full board was a local law authorizing the private sale of county-owned property to the town of Canajoharie.
The property the resolution covers is the West Hill Elementary School Building. Now vacant, the building has been unused since its closure in 2001. The village of Canajoharie may eventually take ownership of the structure, allowing a group of volunteers to repair the dilapidated building.
Canajoharie Mayor Francis E. Avery has said volunteers are just waiting for the approval before they start to restore the building. He said the volunteers could go in "as quickly as we sign on the dotted line."
The Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. to see the volunteers' progress in developing a proper plan for the building. After the hearing, the board will vote on the sale. If the resolution passes, the building's deed will begin its transfer to the village.
The committee also scheduled a public meeting Monday to discuss the preliminary budget.
Previously, the budget for 2013, released at the end of June, had a $4.1 million shortfall. This was due to the preliminary budget being a wish-list from each of the departments.
The preliminary budget meeting is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m., in Room 214 in the Montgomery County Office Building on 20 Park St.
The meeting will be open to the public.