Tuesday, December 11, 2012
By WILLIAM J. KEMBLE
TOWN OF ULSTER, N.Y. — The Town Board has authorized the conveyance of a 287-foot long former section of Old Sawkill Road to the owners of properties on each side.
The transfer was approved during a meeting last week and will be subject to a permissive referendum if a petition is filed objecting to the ownership change.
“This parcel was deeded to the town in 1962 when Col. Chandler Drive was opened and Old Sawkill Road was abandoned,” town Supervisor James Quigley said. “The Town Board discussed this matter during the ’60s and ’70s and the Town Board ... will finally settle this matter well within my lifetime.”
The 42.5-foot-wide road was formally decertified during a meeting in November, when officials said the former road contains about 0.3 acres.
Officials said the property would be split between Vincent and Marina Maggiore, who own property where a farm market was operated on the north, and JMW Family Preservation Trust on the south where there is currently an abandoned Mobil gas station.
Town Attorney Jason Kovacs said state Highway Law allows a road to be considered abandoned if it has not been used in over six years.