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: , , , , , ,

Obituary: Audrey J. Vladyka

North Granville, NY – Audrey J. Vladyka passed peacefully into the arms of the lord on October 12, 2019, while […]

Obituary: Roger H. Edwards

Roger Edwards obit photo

Roger H. Edwards, 88, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, with his loving daughters by his […]

Obituary: Donald H. Hammond

Hammond obit poto

Donald H. Hammond, 75, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Albany Medical Center following a long illness, surrounded […]

North Country Freepress – 10/11/19

FreePress_10_11_19.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Region Freepress – 10/11/19

Lakes_10_11_19.pdf-web.pdf

Classifieds 10/09/19

Classifides 10_9_19.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 10/10/19

518 Wheels 10_11_19.pdf-web.pdf

12-unit apartment complex to be auctioned off

DSC_3276

By Matthew Saari Brookview Town Houses owes nearly $42,000 in back taxes and is set to be auctioned off this […]

‘Culture has changed’ at school

WHS

By PJ Ferguson The consensus at the Whitehall Junior-Senior High School is that the “ship has tightened” and the “culture […]

Christmas in the Park kicks of Wednesday

Gville lights

By Matthew Saari It may be only the second week of October, but a group of Granville residents is already […]

Cameras to ‘patrol’ Skenesborough Park

visitor center2

By PJ Ferguson After multiple reports of vandalism and property destruction in Skenesborough Park, the Whitehall Town Board has voted […]

Town-wide sale in Poultney Saturday

yard sale

By Jared Stamm The Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual fall town-wide yard sale tomorrow, […]