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West Hill School is pictured following extensive clean-up and landscaping work done by Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc. and volunteers.


Village rescinds conditions of WHS transfer contract, gives blessing to MVC

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Updated: 7:47 PM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- During Tuesday's Village Board of Canajoharie meeting, the board rescinded conditions placed on the original contract that transferred West Hill School to the Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc.

The contract included requirements such as "all unpaid and future real estate taxes shall be the responsibility of the Grantee"; the Grantee must maintain liability insurance; and the building and adjoining lots shall receive satisfactory rehabilitation work.

The board rescinded these conditions as Mayor Francis Avery said, "I feel that the MVC has met those conditions and if this, in any way, will help with the sale of the West Hill School, I propose that those conditions be revoked."

"This is removing our input from any sale," said Avery, noting that such a resolution would erase the question of whether the village's conditions transferred to a new owner if the property were sold.

John McGlone, representing the Mohawk Valley Collective, also asked the board for their blessing, as they're attempting to obtain New York Main St. Technical Assistance Grant funding "toward their effort to revitalize downtown Canajoharie's anchor building," according to Avery.

The village issued a "resolution of support" of the MVC's quest to obtain grant funding. The resolution of "wholehearted" support noted that many historical village buildings have been lost to neglect or indifference, explaining, "the village of Canajoharie doesn't wish to lose any more of our heritage"


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