The village of Saranac Lake will not be selling the small parking lot on the corner of Upper roadway and Bloomingdale Avenue because—as it turns out—the village does not own the lot—It’s actually owned by the State of New York..
In an email to WNBZ, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau says the sliver of land typically accommodates 3 vehicles and dumpsters from nearby businesses and has been regularly maintained by the village for decades because they believed it was owned by the village following completion of DOT improvements to the highways on each side many years ago.
The village declared the property surplus and auctioned it off in June for $9,000 offering a “quit claim” deed to the highest bidder. The quit claim deed would have only released any claim the village may have had upon the property and not that of any other party such as the state. In preparing the conveyance, Rabideau tells WNBZ, Village Attorney, Charles Noth, discovered that the state had never conveyed it to the village and remained the apparent owner.
Rabideau says he has asked Village Manager John Sweeney to immediately inform the auction winners, Mike and Becky Leahy, who live next to the lot on Upper Broadway. The village, he says, will also notify the state of its findings and ask them to either maintain the lot or convey it to the village so it can be re-conveyed to the Leahys…if possible.