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The Telegram
  • Herkimer Co. Legislature accepts land auction bids

  • Thurston’s Restaurant in Frankfort has a new owner and so do some 80 other properties that were offered for sale in the June 1 county land auction.

    The Herkimer County Legislature approved the sales during a meeting Wednesday evening.

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  • Thurston’s Restaurant in Frankfort has a new owner and so do some 80 other properties that were offered for sale in the June 1 county land auction.
    The Herkimer County Legislature approved the sales during a meeting Wednesday evening.
    John Werczynski purchased the Thurston’s property for $3,300. The site was put up for auction because the previous owner owed $205,591.15 in back taxes.
    Werczynski said Wednesday his first concern is to have the assessment lowered on the property. The assessment currently stands at $575,000.
    “The former owner had trouble paying $30,000 a year in taxes,” he said.
    Asked about the condition of the building, he said some of the bowling alleys have been removed since the business closed.
    “It’s in extreme disrepair and equipment is missing,” he added.
    He hopes to eventually reopen the business and offer bowling there again. He noted he would like to have bowling available again for local students. The Frankfort-Schuyler school district eliminated bowling from its athletic budget for 2013 - 2014 in part because of the lack of bowling lanes after Thurston’s closed.
    Frank Marraccina, of Brookfield, made an offer at Wednesday’s meeting for a parcel of property on state Route 51 in West Winfield that had been offered at the June 1 auction. Marraccina said he was offering $7,000 more than had been bid on the property.
    “I believe nothing legally bars you from accepting my offer,” he said.
    The Legislature met in executive session before acting on the County Properties Committee’s recommendation to approve the sale of tax-acquired land to the purchasers listed on the report from the June 1 auction.
    Legislator Dennis Korce, chairman of the Committee on County Properties, said the legislature’s decision is “fair to those who showed up at the land auction.” He added, “This was a fair, deliberate process meant to achieve the best results for the county.”
    The committee’s report showed 81 bids were received at the auction with a total of $954,745 to be received on sales. The resolution authorizes the county treasurer to convey each property to the successful bidder one the bidder has paid the required purchase price and expenses to the treasurer.
    The amount of back taxes owed on the properties totaled $700,195.20.
    The list of property to be sold at auction originally included 97 parcels, but several were withdrawn when the taxes were paid and there were no bids on some of the other properties.

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