Tompkins County
New York

Other - Action Item
Committee Approved
May 3, 2017 3:30 PM

2017 Foreclosure Report


Department:Planning and Sustainability DepartmentSponsors:
Category:LandFunctions:Foreclosure, Planning

Meeting History

May 3, 2017 3:30 PM  Government Operations Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Doyle distributed an updated list of 2017 Tompkins County Foreclosure Report Summary and reviewed the updated changes. The updated information provides the parcels that are owner-occupied, zoning detail information, and the shading of parcels that correlate with the Department’s recommendations. He said the auction is scheduled for June 19th.

Mr. Doyle said there were 26 parcels total subject to foreclosure proceedings. At this time, the Department is recommending the removal of one parcel, Level Green Road parcel, from the foreclosure auction. The Finance Department believes the property will be redeemed as it is hoped that many of these parcels will be. Based on the location of this parcel in a key conservation corridor, the Department is recommending withholding it from auction to pursue conservation options through the development of a forest conservation easement that includes requirements that timber harvest must be done according to a Forest Stewardship Plan. The property would then be sold subject to the easement.

Mr. Doyle reviewed the following list of parcels the Department is recommending to go forward in the foreclosure auction subject to deed restrictions:

Town of Caroline

Slaterville Road 1, tax parcel 8.-1-4.2

Slaterville Road 2, tax parcel 8.-1-68

Town of Danby

1675 Danby Road, tax parcel 7.-1-48.122

Town of Dryden

Southworth Road, tax parcel 48.-1-77.33

1920 Slaterville Road, tax parcel 73.-2-4.2

Discussion followed concerning the Town of Danby parcel known as Danby Motors and what liability concerns there was for the County if it were to assume ownership by default. Mr. Wood believes there is a potential for risk. Mr. Wood also stated there could be a similar issue with the Old Crispell Garage, tax parcel 73.-2-4.2. Mr. John spoke of his experience in foreclosure proceedings with a junkyard and said the end result was that there was very little environmental issues following a survey being conducted by an environmental engineer.

Mr. Wood said if the Committee was interested in an environmental survey, it would have to occur prior to auction or the property would have to be removed from the auction. He believes both junkyard parcels are worth investigating further. Mr. Doyle also reminded the Committee that these properties could still be redeemed. Mr. John said he would support the County asking if access to the properties could be granted with an environmental engineer to do an assessment. Mr. Doyle said he would follow up on this request.

Ms. Kiefer said in the past Legislators have been contacted about the properties that are owner-occupied and asked if that has happened. It was noted that that is handled through the Finance Department’s office and Mr. Doyle agreed to follow-up with Mr. Snyder.

It was the consensus of the Committee to accept the Department’s recommendation as presented and have a special meeting if needed prior to the auction to consider any further direction needed by staff.

MOVER:Rich John, Member
SECONDER:Daniel Klein, Chair
AYES:Daniel Klein, Carol Chock, Dooley Kiefer, Rich John, Will Burbank