Town stays silent on BOE land letter

At its Tuesday night meeting, the Shenendehowa Board of Education discussed the options available to deal with the 32 acres of undeveloped land owned by the district.

KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTERAt its Tuesday night meeting, the Shenendehowa Board of Education discussed the options available to deal with the 32 acres of undeveloped land owned by the district. KASSIE PARISI/GAZETTE REPORTER

By Kassie Parisi

Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK — The Town of Clifton Park has yet to respond to a letter sent by the Shenendehowa Board of Education meant to gauge the town’s interest in buying the district’s 32 acres of undeveloped land.

The letter, sent by district Superintendent Oliver Robinson, was sent to the town over a week ago, on April 18. Before a referendum in early April barred the board of education from selling the land to BBL Construction for just over $2 million, the town had made an offer to the board to buy the land for $1 million.

In the letter, Robinson made note of the fact that, since the referendum, Town Supervisor Phil Barrett has repeatedly said that he would be willing to talk with the board about purchasing the land.

“Since that time, you (on behalf of the Town of Clifton Park) have been quoted in the local newspapers as having interest,” said Robinson in the letter. During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Robinson said that the letter was “meant to get the ball rolling in a more formal way.”

At the meeting, some board members expressed concern over the fact that the letter didn’t include a deadline for an answer from the town, besides saying that a “prompt reply would be appreciated.”

“There’s no time stipulation here,” said board member Deanna Stephenson. “So we could be waiting. So that’s worrisome, in my opinion.”

As of Wednesday evening, Town Supervisor Phil Barrett had no comment on the letter.