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The Whitehall Village Board may be giving the cold shoulder to a businessman with an unpaid $30,000 water bill, but at its most recent meeting, it immediately “adjusted” downward a $140 hike in the sewer bill of a Boardman Street resident.
Mary French, in a letter, reported to the village trustees that her bill had spiked, but it was due to the pipes in her basement bursting while she was away.
The trustees agreed at their Tuesday, Feb. 18 meeting, to “split the sewer charge in half,” as Trustee Ken Bartholomew put it, bringing French’s bill in line with her usual monthly bill.
Rebuff remains in place for mobile park owner
In contrast to French, the village board has remained steadfast in its refusal to grant Kevin Gordon a partial abatement his bill, which is more than $30,000.
At its Jan. 28 meeting, Mayor Peter Telisky said Gordon would first have to pay $1,500 on his outstanding bill before the trustees even consider “releasing part of his obligation.”
Sidewalk concerns addressed
The village board also addressed the concerns two women expressed about unplowed sidewalks. Both Donna Tipton and Jane Gendron said the triangle that makes up the Whitehall Athletic Center, the Whitehall Health Center and Stewart’s had problems with unplowed or un-shoveled sidewalks.
Tipton said Stewart’s and the Athletic Club were cleared, but that the sidewalk adjacent to the Health Center was not.
“If you walk along the whole corner of the Health Center, the center doesn’t plow or shovel the sidewalk,” Tipton said, and Gendron confirmed.
Tipton said the traffic triangle, which is village property, was also not being maintained.
“That is village property,” Telisky said, “and we will get our side straightened out.”
He said that Glens Falls Hospital, which manages the Health Center, would be contacted by Code Enforcement Officer Gary Bennett and told to shovel the sidewalks.
“We will look into it,” Telisky said. The mayor cautioned, however, that private property owners were responsible for maintenance of their own sidewalks in any season and that the village simply cannot take over sidewalk plowing.
The sidewalk has since been cleared.