Village could move, too?

C ould the Village of Whitehall follow the town into the Skenesborough Volunteer Fire Company?

The Mayor certainly thinks so.

“I think that we should have both of the offices in one place,” said Francis “Fra” Putorti during the Nov. 1 meeting of the board of trustees. “It makes sense to have everything together in one spot and consolidated.”

Putorti also floated out the idea of a potential buyer for the current building that houses the village offices on the corner of Saunders and North Williams Streets.

“What if I had someone who would buy this building at the cost of what it takes for us to move over to the firehouse,” asked Putorti. “I think that would be all that we would need to sell it for. If it costs us $25,000 to move, then lets sell this building for that and move.”

“We need to get a fair-market price on it,” said trustee Walter Sandford. “I don’t want to just give the building away.”

“You would have to get fair-market value or there could be legal issues,” said trustee Kenneth Bartholomew.

Bartholomew added that when the town board was previously looking for space, studies conducted on the firehouse showed that there was space for both entities.

“I’ve been down this road before and there is space for both of us there,” said Bartholomew.

Sandford added that if the village was also looking to move to the firehouse, then there should not be as much concern over the issue of if the property ownership should revert back to the village if the town were ever to leave the site.

“If we want to move over there, then this would just make sense,” said Sandford. “If we were both over there and they were to move out for some reason, then we would want the property to come back to us.”

“The clause is really easy to do and it won’t hurt them a bit,” said Bartholomew.

Putorti said that while it may be something that is not a major concern in the big picture, he wanted to make sure that nothing prevented the town from moving into the firehouse on the village’s end.

“I do not want this to be a stumbling block for the move,” said Putorti. “They need to move and I feel that this is the best place for them.”

Bartholomew agreed, but said that his concern was with future administrations.

“I trust this current board, and I believe that have the right intentions,” said Bartholomew. “But all those people could be gone in four years, and the next group may have the wrong intentions.”

Comments

comments

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

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

Poultney Earth Fair Wednesday, April 22

IMG_1984

7th graders choose Earth Fair theme By Joshua Bassett The eighth annual Poultney Earth Fair is going to be different […]

Northshire Freepress – 04/17/15

Lakes Classifieds – 04/17/15

North Country Freepress – 04/17/15

Weekender – 04/17/15

Classifieds 04/15/14

Golden Horde teams to grace hall of fame

1930 Football Team

By Derek Liebig A pair of fabled gridiron teams from Granville’s past will be enshrined in the Capital Region Football […]

Eleven petitions out for Whitehall Board of Education

Board of Ed 2014

By Dan King A tumultuous school year has prompted a record number of candidates to seek seats on the Whitehall […]

Fans fawn over Mick Foley

DSC_1051

By Dan King While his act in the ring may have been barbaric, the mood of Mick Foley’s meet-and-greet in […]

Hope Ludwig to have photo in Hyde Collection

Hope Ludwig Photo

By Derek Liebig An aspiring young photographer from Granville is among a select group of high school students who will […]

Granville tennis opens with win

Granville’s tennis team opened its season Monday afternoon with a win over Whitehall. The Horde swept both doubles matches and […]

New beverage store taking shape

Beverage Store Photo

By Joshua Bassett Lori Linendoll, a co-owner of The Beverage Warehouse, walked through the building, stepping around paint canisters and […]