Earlier in the meeting, city attorney Cheryl Roberts cited New York General Municipal Law Section 507, which deals with the disposition of property, and talked of the need for ten days' public notice, but after the board went into executive session, the need for adequate public notice seemed no longer a concern. The next day--Friday, December 20--this notice appeared on the City of Hudson website, accessed by clicking on "HCDPA--Special Meeting" on the calendar for Tuesday, December 24:
NOTICE: Seal Bid Announcement for Sale of 208 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY and Special Mtg Notice Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency (HCDPA) will sell property located at 208 Columbia Street for the purpose of construction of low to moderate income housing. Successful bidders must demonstrate competency and a proven track record of development and construction of low to moderate income housing. Information about the property may be obtained through HCDPA located at 1 Front Street, Hudson, NY. Bids are due by noon on December 24, 2013. Bids will be opened at a special meeting of the HCDPA board to be held City Hall, 520 Warren Street, Hudson, NY at noon on December 24, 2013. The purpose of this meeting is to select a successful bidder for the purchase of 208 Columbia Street and to conduct and [sic] environmental review of such sale prior to award of the bid.The language of the notice suggests a predisposition to sell the property to Habitat for Humanity, and that's exactly what happened. Four days after notice was made--two of those days being weekend days--the HDCPA board met to open the only sealed bid received. Responding to an inquiry from Gossips, Sheena Salvino, executive director for HCDPA, summarized what happened:
Habitat for Humanity submitted the only bid for 208 Columbia Street. The bid submitted was $5,000. The Board voted to accept the bid and passed a resolution. Habitat provided a 10 percent deposit to be held in escrow until closing. The last step is to obtain Council approval for the sale of 208 Columbia and the lease at 202-204-206 Columbia to Gardens.Asked if four days had been adequate public notice, Salvino explained, "There is no minimum time requirement for public notice."
In the 2013 Final Assessments and Parcel Inventory, the full market value of 208 Columbia Street is given as $25,500.
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