Monday, July 15, 2013

Assets for Sale . . . or Not

Lately there have been some very heated exchanges in the Common Council, involving not only the aldermen but also members of the audience, over the possible sale of the Dunn warehouse and the vacant lot at Fourth and State streets. 
Back in November, the Councilabsent aldermen Nick Haddad (First Ward) and Chris Wagoner (Third Ward)--docilely agreed to write into the 2013 city budget $300,000 in anticipated revenue from the sale of these two City-owned properties. Now, with 2013 more than half gone, two aldermen--Ohrine Stewart (Fourth Ward) and Cappy Pierro (Fifth Ward)are pushing to sell one or both these properties at auction, because it was written into the budget. Other aldermenmost vocally John Friedman (Third Ward) and Haddadbelieve that it is no longer necessary to sell these properties in haste because the auction of foreclosed properties brought in more than $300,000 in unanticipated revenue. They argue that the City should retain ownership of the properties until the highest and best use for each can be realized.

At last Monday's informal Common Council meeting, Council president Don Moore poured oil on the turbulent waters by saying that question of whether or not the City needs the revenue from the sale of these properties to balance the 2013 budget would be taken up by the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee meets tomorrow--Tuesday, July 16--at 5:30 p.m. The regular meeting of the Common Council follows at 7 p.m.


  1. When it comes to the Dunn building, let's hope that all of the aldermen can show the freedom of revision that Aldermen Haddad has shown, once the circumstances warranted it.

    Frankly, I don't understand any other position. Is it to be pointlessly and stiflingly hidebound? To show one's commitment to atrophy? What?

  2. The prescribed use, for our precious shoreline is; one that promotes Navigation furthest. So far the waterfront wizards have promoted nothing but Navigation for tourists and land lovers.

    In 1968, Shader and Gallo Roofing was housed in the Dunn building. My wooden boat was one of many there. Now the Sloops dingy has a "slipless" exclusive.

    If Ken Dow is correct, access to the shore from city property, belongs to the people of Hudson. The use of the Dunn property should be linked to maximum (Navigational) use of city shore.

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