Sale of Heritage Park complete

"The study is going to do an analysis and help us determine what the best use of the land would be," she said.

The portion of Heritage Park that was sold only occupies 21 acres of the almost 160 being studied.

"At one point in time, there was consideration of it being the site for the county nursing home," she said. "But the location of the nursing home really needed to be closer to transportation. That really is off the table now."

Battle did not name any other specific considerations for the use of the land.

No residents voiced concern regarding the sale at a May 8 Town Board meeting when the contract was approved, and according to Battle, no major concerns have been raised in the past few years other than those against placing the nursing home in that location.

Town Attorney Michael Magguilli had originally set a goal to receive the $2.7 million from the county by June 30.

However, according to him, several steps needed to be taken before the sale was finalized.

First, he said, the contract needed to be approved. Then the supervisor needed to read the contract and sign it. Finally, the contract was forwarded to the county.

The town's portion of the park is just one of many assets the supervisor said town officials are looking into selling off to earn money to help pay off the deficit. Other elements of the financial plan include a freeze on all non-essential spending and a one-time corrective tax, averaging at about $150 per household, which would be imposed once on all residents of the town.

At Thursday's meeting, along with the announcement of the town's receiving the money for the sale of the park, Mahan said the town has saved an additional $2 million since her administration took office in January.""

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