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Marcellus village proposes purchase of library

The former Marcellus Free Library is up for grabs and the village is planning to snag the property.

The Marcellus Village Board held a public hearing Monday evening to hear what residents had to say regarding the former library building at 2-4 Slocombe Ave. Though the meeting room was packed, the board heard few comments from the residents.

While the building was in the process of being sold to Gallinger Realty, the deal fell through because the purchaser and the village "couldn't agree on access to the parking lot," said Mayor Mike Plochocki.

There was also another offer put in on the building and three or four other entities that were interested in the property. Those addition entities, however, did not make a purchase offer.

If the transaction is completed in the villages favor as is now being proposed, Plochocki said, as being owned by a government body, it would be exempt from taxes. If sold as commercial property, taxes would be collected.

"We haven't been able to collect taxes on it," said Peg Nolan, president of the Marcellus Historical Society.

Nolan also wondered why anyone else would want to purchase the property. Currently, the former library houses apartments in the upper floors.

A second public hearing date on the sale of the former library was set for 7 p.m. Monday Dec. 8 at the village hall. There, residents will again be able to voice their opinion on the matter and whether they want the village to spend the money on the property.

The village is proposing to purchase the property for $195,000 and expect to close on the sale in early January due to the coming holidays.

The board also approved a transaction that would allow the municipality to begin carrying the cost of the former library. According to trustee Mary Jo Paul, the date from which the village was to begin taking over the expenses, such as utilities and insurance, was Nov. 18 to the closing date.

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