PRESENTATIONSThe fact is that the Public Presentation never took place at the February 27, 2008 meeting; instead Supervisor Reed took the "presenter" aside to talk to him prior to the beginning of the meeting. The "presenter" had a paper in his hand presumably listing the concerns he had regarding the old Willowvale Fire Company building on Oneida Street. Mr. Reed took the paper from the "presenter" prior to the meeting. If you listen to the videotape, you will merely hear Supervisor Reed say at the beginning of the meeting, "Walter, we have your questions..." There was no presentation and no mention of just what questions were being asked.
Sale of Willowvale Fire Co., Inc.
Walter Dluginski submitted a request that the Town Board address certain issues involving the sale of the old Willowvale Fire Co., Inc. and report their findings to the public:
- Gary Edwards of Edwards Ambulance purchased the building for $85,000
- Who set the price
- What was and is assessment of building
- Did Edwards Ambulance pay rent and utilities when they occupied the building prior to the sale
- Is there a possible conflict of interest as Gary Edwards is a ranking officer of Willowvale Fire Company
- What is the status of the audit of the Willowvale Fire Company
Supervisor Reed acknowledged Mr. Dluginski’s questions and referred the matter to Councilman Payne, in whose councilmanic district the Fire Company is located, for a response.
- Is it true that the Town Highway Department plows the firehouse parking lot; if so, why.
According to the minutes, the "presenter" asked that the answers be reported to the public. We will be watching for all the answers! In the meantime, we can answer one of the questions regarding the assessed value of the Willowvale Fire Company. According to the July 1, 2007 assessment roll available on our Online Assessment Program, the old Willowvale Fire Company building at 3472 Oneida Street is assessed for $225,200.
Isn't it funny, the town is looking at the possibility of spending $850,000 to buy a building for a new court at 19 Campion Road that is assessed for $250,000 and yet the Willowvale Fire Company sells a building for $85,000 that is assessed for $225,200.
It would appear that in the real estate game, there are no "hard and fast rules"...it all depends on who the "players" are! And guess who the "losers" are...