Tag Archives: Mayor Phil Smith

Village to charge resident $445+ for mowing lawn

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By Matthew Saari Do you find yourself just too busy to mow your lawn? Wait long enough and the village of Whitehall will mow it for you for the low, low sum of $445. This was just the case at 45 Saunders St. as Mayor Phil Smith explained during a village board meeting on Tuesday. […]

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Pig farm focus of village board

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By Matthew Saari Immigration, trade wars and healthcare may be the divisive issues on the national stage but in the village of Whitehall, it’s a pig farm. The Village Board has called a special meeting for tonight, Thursday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. so that both sides of the swine debate may weigh in and […]

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Village to spend $64,000 on comprehensive plan

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By Matthew Saari Since taking office, getting a comprehensive plan for Whitehall has been a primary goal for Mayor Phil Smith. The first steps to a plan were taken Friday afternoon when the village board unanimously accepted a bid from Chazen Companies, a Queensbury-based consultation firm, for $64,000. After the meeting Smith said five companies […]

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Armstrong proposes pay raise for mayor

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By Matthew Saari Village trustee George Armstrong believes Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith deserves a pay raise. Armstrong floated the idea toward the end of a recent village board meeting. “You do more work in one month than I did for the town in six months,” Armstrong said. “And I got paid more money.” The village […]

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Former mayor calls out mayor, trustees for illegal meeting

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By Matthew Saari   During a moment of “happenstance,” a former Whitehall mayor accused the current administration of holding an illegal meeting. Former mayor Ken Bartholomew wrote a letter to the village board detailing the experience, which Mayor Phil Smith read – and responded to – during last week’s board meeting. “While at the Whitehall […]

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Flat Iron falls

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By Matthew Saari As the Whitehall Village Board was proceeding with steps to demolish the decrepit building at 160 Main treet – known as the Flat Iron  –  the structure collapsed on its own about noon last Sunday. The board met last Tuesday to address the question of asbestos as part of the process of […]

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Village seeks ‘input on future of police department’

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By Matthew Saari Village trustees are “seeking input on the future of the police department,” and to that end have scheduled a special public hearing for Thursday, May 31. Mayor Phil Smith brought the matter before village trustees at a board meeting Tuesday. “I heard today…there’s a petition going around to get rid of the […]

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Village goal: Demolish Flat Iron building

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By Matthew Saari A decades-long battle over a structural hazard may be coming to a close for the village of Whitehall. Mayor Phil Smith broached the topic of taking ownership of the notorious Flat Iron building, with the goal of demolishing the building, during last week’s village board meeting. Smith said trustee Tim Watson had […]

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No tax hike: Village to tap into reserves for budget

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By Matthew Saari In an effort to keep the tax rate flat, the Whitehall Village Board has decided to dip into the fund balance for some of the new budget’s funding. The board met Tuesday night and debated for nearly 90 minutes different avenues which would allow them to pay the village’s bills but not […]

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State: Granville fiscally stressed, Whitehall not

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By Matthew Saari & Krystle S. Morey Granville A state report rates Granville the third-most fiscally stressed village in New York. The municipality earned a “moderate fiscal stress” rating with a score of 59.6 percent in the study completed recently by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office. “We assumed that was going to be,” said Mayor […]

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Police working break-in cases

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By Matthew Saari More than a week after a man attempted to forcibly gain access to six village homes, no […]

Saint-Gobain workers build prosthetic hands

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By Krystle S. Morey Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. suspended operations at its Granville plant last Tuesday to lend a helping […]

Sasquatch fete in jeopardy

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By Matthew Saari After only three years, Whitehall’s annual Sasquatch Calling Festival may be no more. Event organizer David Molenaar […]

Mother Nature solves dam problem

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By Krystle S. Morey Granville town highway superintendent Eric Towne thanked Mother Nature last weekend for helping to clear a […]

Food rivalry returns for 2nd year

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By Matthew Saari The age-old Granville-Whitehall rivalry returns – not on the gridiron but rather between food pantries. The Great […]

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Police investigating home invasions in village

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By Matthew Saari Whitehall police are investigating a bizarre series of home invasions that occurred over the weekend. On Sunday, […]

Village OK’s policy to fix budget shortcomings

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By Krystle S. Morey After being faulted by the state regarding an audit of its finances, the village of Granville […]

Hampton ’roundtable’ group formed

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By Krystle S. Morey   A group of Hampton residents has started a committee to facilitate relationships between neighbors and […]

State rates towns’ fiscal health

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By Krystle Morey & Matthew Saari The state Comptroller’s office recently released a series of reports detailing the fiscal health […]

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