SALAMANCA – The sale of a dilapidated house topped the agenda of the City of Salamanca Common Council last week.
The Council unanimously approved the sale of 39 Avery Ave. – a property owned by the city for four years. Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella said conditions in the house on the site are deplorable, prompting calls by neighbors to city officials.
“The house is in poor condition,” he said. “When I made a visit, I did not want to go too far into the place because of how bad it had become.”
Vecchiarella said neighbors had gone so far as to ask the city to demolish the house and create a parking lot.
“We don’t just do that,” the mayor said. “We would spend more in the demolition process than the house is worth.”
The property will be sold to Silenus Enterprise, of Salamanca, for $6,500 – more than half of the assessed value of the property.
The sale is attached with conditions for the new owner. One is that the property has to remain on the tax rolls for the next five years. In the City of Salamanca, enrolled members of the Seneca Nation are able to take their properties off the tax rolls.
Concerns over Silenus owning the property were addressed by Vecchiarella.
“They own several properties in the city and do a good job in keeping them up, making the neighborhood stay nice.”
In other matters, the Council:
• Approved the parade route for the annual Falling Leaves Festival. The parade will step off at the historic Dudley Hotel on Main Street and travel south, toward Broad Street. The parade will continue on Broad Street to Simon Bolivar Park, where it will disband. The parade gets under way at 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Participants will organize at 1, behind the Dudley Hotel. Atlantic and River streets will be closed from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade.
• Approved a measure that would declare the Salamanca City Fire Department’s 1985 Pierce pumper surplus and advertise it for sale. The minimum bid will be $8,500, officials said.
The next meeting of the City of Salamanca Common Council will be held next Wednesday in the courtroom of the Ronald J. Yehl Municipal Building, 225 Wildwood Ave.