Opinion: Don’t take another property off tax rolls, Canton man says
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:30 am

To The Editor:

If you would prefer to see another restaurant and not a non-profit, non-taxpaying organization replace The Club restaurant and pub which closed recently, you are urged to attend this Tuesday's 7 p.m. Canton Village Planning Board meeting September 11 at the Canton Municipal Building.

Representatives of The Christian Fellowship Center of Madrid, NY will be making presentation at the Tuesday meeting about their interest in buying The Club property on Court Street.

Many of us in Canton are not in favor of The Club property going off the tax rolls, adding to the huge amount of tax exempt properties in our village, now on the top rung of municipalities in New York.

Some possible complications of the church's proposed purchase may have to do with zoning and requirements relating to parking space and size of property for the church.

As reported Thursday, Marc Morley, owner of the original Hot Tamale in Canton and 6 other restaurants in St. Lawrence County, together with Syracuse developer David Muraco, who is progressing on the new Marriott Fairfield Inn just off Canton's University Plaza, are looking to team up for a new restaurant on The Club's property, if the church's plans have to change.

Furthermore, I was told recently by a pastor in the know that another long-time established church in Canton may be willing to work out an arrangement with the Madrid church.

Thus, a church would be able to be in a church already off the tax rolls. So many of us miss The Club. Plus, for a couple decades I have know Rev. Rick Sinclair, a very good person and Crane grad, who heads the Madrid Church and I have worked with his musical groups.

However, it is important for Cantonians and others to attend the Tuesday meeting to learn about the bid to buy, hear the village's response, and to express your views.

Brad Mintener