North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas said Wednesday that the city is not financially able to bail out the North Tonawanda History Museum, which has begun a last-ditch fund-raising effort to avoid foreclosure and eviction from its building at 54 Webster St.
Pappas said city officials haven't discussed aid to the museum, which is trying to raise $289,000. Its mortgage holder, Regent Properties, plans to go to court Aug. 10 to ask a judge to appoint a referee to conduct a foreclosure auction.
"We're not even looking at it at this time. We can't. There's litigation going on. I'm not even sure what the city could do," Pappas said. "It's not a case of the city not caring about it."
He said the city isn't in a position to bail out nonprofit organizations.
"The building itself needs a lot of work to be brought up to code," Pappas added.