Following complaint, Ogdensburg council tables plan to sell Denny Street lot
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 11:35 am

By JIMMY LAWTON

OGDENSBURG -- Following a nearby property owner's complaints, City Council on Monday night tabled plans to sell a 221 Denny Street parcel for $3,300.

Brian Morley spoke at a public hearing regarding the property sale and said the parcel is land locked, full of trash and in poor condition.

Morley, who owns rental properties, said efforts to cleanup Denny Street have been made in recent years and selling this property, without a guarantee the structure would be demolished would be a poor decision.

He said the property has been an eyesore in the area and a haven for drug use. He said the city should use grant funding to tear down the building.

Morley said he would like to see the property purchased by an adjacent landowner once the structure has been removed.

Following his comments, Deputy Mayor Daniel Skamperle said he’d like to table the sale to consider placing restrictions on the sale. City Manager Sarah Purdy said an interested buyer was awaiting city council action.

Mayor Wayne Ashley also supported tabling the sale, and seconded Skamperle’s motion, which was supported by all present council members.

The city is expected to revisit the property sale at its next meeting on Sept. 24.