Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has authored the initial steps to permit transfer of title for the property known as the Whaley Lake Dam Parcel to the Town of Pawling. The County expects to obtain title to the parcel in June through its initiating a foreclosure of long term delinquent tax liens. The County will then make an immediate transfer to Pawling.
“We are initiating this first step of transferring title of the Whaley Lake Dam parcel to the Town of Pawling to allow the dam improvement district to begin to move forward on much needed repairs. Our priority is to allow the town and district to make the Whaley Lake Dam safe for the community,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The Executive noted that approximately $16,000 in unpaid taxes is due to the county treasury and typically the county would expect the sale transfer from the county to the town to equal at least that amount. Steinhaus said however he is introducing legislation that would transfer the property for only one dollar which will help minimize what are expected to be considerable additional expenses to the town, district and homeowners.
The Town of Pawling will assume ownership of the dam parcel on behalf of the Whaley Lake Dam Improvement District, which was created in October 2006. Ownership of the parcel allows the Town of Pawling to take advantage of grant funding to repair and rehabilitate the earthen dam, currently in poor repair.
23rd District Dutchess County Legislator David Kelly, who represents the Pawling area, stated “Residents of Whaley Lake, local government officials, and the County have been working for 9 years to remedy the situation with the Whaley Lake Dam. I would like to thank the County Executive as well as the Town of Pawling for all of their efforts, looking out for the best interests of our residents.”
The resolution to transfer the Whaley Lake dam parcel has been forwarded by County Executive Steinhaus to the County Legislature for the May meeting.