Longtin case top priority

After introducing Christian Morris to the board, it was time to get down to business.

 

And one thing new Whitehall Town Supervisor Richard “Geezer” Gordon wants Morris, the new attorney for the town, to get resolved is the current litigation against the Longtins.

 

 

 

“I want that case cleared up,” said Gordon at the Jan. 13 town board meeting. “It started here in the town and I have the lawyer’s fees to prove it.”

The town’s lawsuit against Keith and Sherry Longtin resulted from a dispute over cleaning up property they own on Route 4/22, which has numerous boats scattered throughout the property that the town considered a violation of the junkyard ordinance.

 

Gordon said when the case came before him when he served as town justice in 2006, he had made a decision in terms of penalties for the Longtins.

 

“In 2006, I had him in my courtroom and was going to fine home $100 a day for every day that the property was not cleaned up,” said Gordon. “The day before I was supposed to make my ruling, the former town attorney (Andy Kelly) came to me and said that he was going to withdraw the case from my court and take it to Superior Court.”

 

Since then, Gordon said, the proceedings and legal motions have continued.

 

“As of right now, there is currently a motion for a contempt order for Mr. Longtin and there could be a further motion by the town at the end of the month,” said Gordon. “All I can say is that I want this case cleared up.”

 

Morris said the motion is in Superior Court because there is evidence to suggest that Longtin has not fully cleaned the property, but rather has hidden boats out of sight.

 

“Longtin has been served with a notice to inspect,” said Morris. “We are also looking into an inspection notice for over there and there is evidence to support us getting one.”

 

Gordon said a contempt order could cost the Longtins as much as $30,000 in additional fines.

 

Repeated attempts to reach the Longtins for comment were unsuccessful.

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Classifieds 03/04/14

Banner year for Whitehall RailRiders

Snowmobile club 1

By Dan King This year has been fantastic for the Whitehall RailRiders snowmobile club, in more ways than one. For […]

Granville MMA fighter to be featured on CNN

Prieur in ring

By Derek Liebig A Granville woman who has spent two-and-a-half years training in mixed martial arts will have her story […]

Students, faculty join to boost school spirit

DSC_0050

By Derek Liebig Granville Central School pride was alive and well, at least for one night, as students, faculty and […]

Whitehall golf second in state for GPA

Whitehall Soccer

The fall 2014 season was great for Whitehall athletes on the course and field, and it continues in the classroom. […]

WHS to host musical Friday and Saturday

Musical

Students at Whitehall High School will be performing a musical this weekend. March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. each […]

Teacup auction

The Wells United Methodist Church will host a Giant Teacup Auction on Friday, March 13, at the Modern Woodman Hall […]

Solomon Northup reenactor in Salem

The Salem Courthouse Community Center, 25 East Broadway, continues its March Civil War series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March […]

Village of Granville taxes to increase

By Derek Liebig A decrease in revenues will lead to a tax increase for village residents. The Granville Village Board […]

Ice fishing clinic at Carter’s Pond

Families who wish to learn the sport of ice fishing are welcome to attend a free ice fishing clinic taking […]

Granville man arrested for heroin

A Granville man is facing drug charges after he was found in possession of heroin and marijuana. Brian L. James, […]

Legault officially leaving in May

Liz Legault

By Dan King Whitehall Central School Superintendent Liz Legault will leave the district in May. Legault was officially introduced as […]