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Rosendale slates hearing on land buy
Fri. Mar 11th 2011

ROSENDALE — The Town Board has set an April 6 public hearing on the proposed purchase of a 117-acre Joppenburgh Mountain property for recreational use under an arrangement with the Open Space Institute.

The hearing was set for 7:30 p.m. at the Rosendale Community Center on state Route 32.

At a Town Board meeting Wednesday,  officials reviewed a March 1 letter from institute Vice President Robert Anderberg explaining how the deal would be arranged.

There appears to be disagreement over the  spelling of the parcel’s name however, with the town favoring “Joppenburgh” and the Open Space Institute calling it “Joppenbergh.”

“OSC proposes to purchase the Joppenbergh parcel for $185,000 from its current owners and to sell it to the town of Rosendale for $85,000,” Anderberg wrote.

“Prior to the closing with the town, OSC will encumber the Joppenbergh Mountain parcel with a mutually acceptable conservation easement which will limit its use to open space, recreational, and education uses as well as continued use of the existing parking lot for municipal purposes,” he wrote.

Anderberg said the property, which has a section running behind Main Street and is leased for a municipal parking lot, compliments other recreational areas in the town.

Councilman Ken Hassett said his vote in favor of a public hearing was not an endorsement of purchasing the property.

“My statement of last week still stands,” he said, noting that the town is not “in a position to acquire any more land or take any more land off the tax rolls,” he said.

Supervisor Patrick McDonough said getting opinions from residents will be significant because the property represents part of the town’s open space goals but would be a difficult budget commitment.

“It’s pretty important and when we announce this we want to make sure it’s all over the place,” he said.

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