Saunders Street Bridge still closed

B y Bill Toscano

More than a month after the Saunders Street bridge project was certified as complete, there is still a huge pile of snow blocking the connection to Broadway, and the orange detour signs are still up.

At Monday’s village board meeting, Mayor Francis “Fra” Putorti said electricity had been provided to the intersection by National Grid and the state Department of Transportation had planned to put the stoplight up on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

“Now, that’s when we had the really bad storm, so I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt,” Putorti said. “I am going to give it another week, and if we don’t see anything by then, we will call again.”

The project to fix the bridges over the Amtrak tracks at Clinton, Division and Saunders streets started last year. Clinton and Division are open, but Saunders remains closed. It will be reopened once the stoplight is up, but the light will be flashing yellow on Broadway and red on Saunders for three days before going into normal operation

Concerns over vehicles
Putorti said Chief Matthew Dickinson has reported that the police department’s 2007 Dodge Durango is out of service because of a cracked frame. The vehicle was in a minor accident last month, but since then, it was apparently driven into an object that cracked the frame.

“My issue is that the accident was not reported,” said village Trustee Walt Sanford, who is also Fort Edward’s police chief. “It’s very inappropriate not to report something like that.”

One of the department’s Crown Victoria patrol cars remains in a repair shop while it is getting its electrical wiring harness re-installed.

Questions on awning
The board was also visited by a lawyer representing a building owner on Main Street. The owner’s building is next to City Steak & Seafood and the building is for sale. “They are concerned because the new awning at City Steak may extend too far in front of their building,” Putorti said. “We have turned to over to our village attorney.”

In other business
Trustee Ken Bartholomew presented his colleagues with two draft documents. In one, he pulled together all of the village’s personnel policies, including the new intern rules and put them together into a single employee handbook.

He also drafted an Internet usage policy, something the village does not have.

“I want you all to take a good look at these,” Bartholomew said. “Let me know what you think.”

Sanford, for one, liked the Internet policy. “It’s a good, liberal policy,” he said. “It’s not overly strict.”

Sanford said the employee handbook needed a section on workplace violence and said he would bring the material in to add to the policy.

Comments

comments

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

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

Charges linger for 10 months, Man in limbo after arresting cop quits

Morrill resignation

By Christina Scanlon When former Granville Police Officer Marc D. Morrill resigned abruptly in April, several cases were still to […]

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Sanders top Washington County straw poll

Straw Poll

By Dan King The Washington County Fair met politics last week, as 737 people came out to vote in a […]

Naval Militia volunteers receive award

Naval Militia

By Dan King A group of seven area maritime veterans, including two from Whitehall and one from Granville, will be […]

Friendships formed at fair live on

1

By Christina Scanlon Shortly after the gates opened at the Washington County Fair Friday morning, tractors were moving and stirring […]

Teens’ summer jobs pay off

By Christina Scanlon As the summer of 2015 winds down and local youth prepare to head back to school, 50 […]

Hampton primary could decide election

By Christina Scanlon November’s election could be decided next week in Hampton, depending how the votes play out at the […]

Back to school in Hartford

By Christina Scanlon Teachers in the Hartford are headed back to school this week, while students across the district will […]

Backpack program, We Care Project join forces

By Dan King Last November the inaugural Mom Prom raised thousands of dollars for the We Care Project, which is […]

Changes everywhere as school begins today

By Dan King As students arrive at Whitehall Central School today, there will be abundant changes around them. Whether at […]

Bus routes honed as school looms

By Christina Scanlon The floors are gleaming with new wax, while outside the leaves are beginning to turn colors and […]

Earth science a challenge

By Christina Scanlon It takes a 65 on the Regents Exam to pass Earth Science, a course mandatory to get […]

Townwide sale today

Lawn sale 006

By Dan King Bargain seekers will converge on Whitehall this Labor Day Weekend, as they seek the best deals around. […]