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City plans to auction Haley Park

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Haley Park, on the corner of Bigelow and Ford Street, will be auctioned off by the city at a date to be determined.

The small park is the site of a small monument to Isabel Woodley Haley.

John M. Pinkerton, city manager, said the property the city is selling is 6,000 square feet in total and must be purchased by an adjacent property owner.

“It can’t stand on its own,” Mr. Pinkerton said. “It has to be bought by a neighbor.”

Edward and Katherine O. Dana, who moved into the home at 2127 Ford St. last Fall, hope to be the new owners of the property.

Anyone passing the property could be forgiven for thinking they already own the land.

“Everyone thinks we own it,” Mrs. Dana said.

The Danas already mow the property, as it directly adjoins their front yard, and Mrs. Dana said they hope to level the ground and do landscaping work if they are able to purchase it.

“We’re ready to buy it if you’re willing to sell it,” Mr. Dana told City Council members at Monday’s meeting.

Mr. Pinkerton said the property is assessed at $2,000 but after the property is surveyed and the lots are combined, the total cost will be about $3,400.

City Councilor Michael Morley said there are no other claims to the property.

The city first acquired the property in the 1800s, Mr. Pinkerton said.

He said a road used to cross through it joining Bigelow and Ford Street.

A small, flower-topped monument to Isabel Woodley Haley currently stands in the park. The monument reads: “To man, to beast - a friend.”

Dedicated in 1928 to Mrs. Haley’s memory by the St. Lawrence County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the monument was originally a water fountain for animals on Commerce Street before it was moved to its current location in 1959.

That was the year the city named the park after Mrs. Haley.

Mrs. Dana said she expects the city would relocate the monument if they sell the property.

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