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Man seeks right-of-way access

September 24, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A man who owns property bordering the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility recently requested about 600 feet of right-of-way access to his property so he can sell it.

Randy Decker approached the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently. He said he owns a 15-acre parcel that borders the sewage treatment plant property.

Decker said the site was once of the home of the Mohawk Indians and is considered a "non-contact" site that has never been excavated. Decker said he learned the New Mexico-based Archeological Conservancy is interested in his property and he is willing to sell it, but needs help from the sewer board.

According to its website, the Archeological Conservancy is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites.

Decker said he was once interested in selling the property to the Walmart Corp., but the retailer wasn't interested.

Decker told the board the sewer plant is the only other property bordering his property, but he needs access to about 600 feet of the sewer property off Electric Light Road. He said the access is needed to allow him to make the sale to the National Archeological Conservancy.

"I just need more than your word that it's a designated access public road," board member Salvatore Giarrizzo said. "You have to verify if you have access from the road."

Sewer plant consultant George Bevington told Decker the board needs clarification on the "sizable" cities' owned right-of-way before any action can be taken.



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