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WADDINGTON – A committee, formed by the town council Monday, will focus on land development on Leishman Point.

The committee, led by Councilor David Putney, will research development options for the town’s campground and the 27 acres of land on Leishman Point in accordance with the town’s community development plan.

The town-owned campground was approved by council members in November. Mr. Putney said he has already met with several people to discuss construction of the campground.

Mr. Putney suggested the town also offer an agriculture lease for farmers interested in growing corn on other parts of Leishman Point not developed.

“Maybe we should advertise it as that, maybe it’s worth selling that way,” Councilor Robert Dalton said in agreement.

Mr. Putney and the council said they would discuss more plans in the coming months.

Town Supervisor Mark Scott reported he has not heard of any new proposals from businessman James Ma, who considered purchasing property on Leishman Point in April.

At that time, Mr. Ma said he would return to speak with investors about purchasing the property on Leishman Point or Whitehouse Bay. However, Mr. Ma has yet to make a formal offer of sale, Mr. Scott said. Mr. Ma currently plans to build an English-as-a-second-language school in the town of Oswegatchie.

“There is no offer to withdraw,” Mr. Scott. “We had a conversation. If he comes back as an investor and says we’re interested then, I think we should talk to him again, or if anybody else comes forward. There might be somebody else out there that is interested in the land.”

The land development process is ongoing, Mr. Scott said.

“We’re not locked into Mr. Ma,” Mr. Scott said. “If there’s somebody else that is interested we should be exploring all our avenues. He doesn’t have exclusive rights to the property. One of the things we need to do is look at what are other development options are, short of somebody coming in and buying the whole property and putting in the infrastructure.”

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