This is in response to a comment made by Ms. Kiefer at a previous Government Operations Committee meeting concerning the County’s foreclosure process relating to a specific parcel (1284 Taughannock Boulevard, Town of Ulysses) near the Black Diamond Trail. The property was withheld from auction to try to sell to the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC); however, DEC could not purchase it because of a title problem.
Staff looked into this and Mr. Franklin said this action is not related to the County’s foreclosure process. It is a result of records not always being complete based upon what information is filed with deeds and in this instance there is approximately two acres that the Assessment Department believes was omitted from prior deeds dating back to the 1800s. The Department added that acreage to this parcel and when it was foreclosed it included a total parcel of 4.6 acres. When DEC did a title search it did not include all of the acres.
Mr. Wood said the County has been trying to sell this parcel for some time. The State is claiming there is an issue with the title; he does not believe that to be the case. He said there is nothing more the County can do about the title, but it is his opinion, the County owns the 4.6 acre parcel.
Mr. Klein said the purpose of including this topic on the agenda was to see if there was something with the County’s process that could be changed, but there is not. He noted the Town of Ulysses is considering purchasing this parcel.
Mr. Wood said the County could sell the property in auction with a quitclaim deed as has been done with other properties. The only issue that could arise is the restrictions the Town has put on development in terms of what the value of the property might be.