VALATIE – The Village Board has decided to start looking for contractors to make major upgrades to the sewer system. At the regular board meeting this week, officials said they hope to open the bids from prospective builders in a month with completion of the whole project set for July 2013.
The village was awarded a no-interest, $3.2-million loan from the state to update its sewer system. The upgrade project was designed by Delaware Engineering, and Brock Juusola, the company’s lead engineer on the project, said the village should expect several bids.
Mayor Gary Strevell said that representatives from Clark Engineering, the firm that is designing the sewer line to connect the Village of Kinderhook to the Valatie sewer plant, toured the plant recently. Mr. Juusola said that the upgrade accounts for capacity to handle additional sewage from Kinderhook village, but he said Valatie has not yet received any plans from Kinderhook.
The Kinderhook Board is moving forward with efforts to fund its project, which will connect 35 properties in the business district of the village to the Valatie sewer plant. The two villages are working on an intermunicpal agreement covering the sewer extension.
At its Tuesday, April 10 meeting the Valatie board also reviewed the proposed village budget. Many of the expense lines remain the same as last year, though Mayor Strevell asked acting Village Clerk Jason Nastke to look into healthcare and retirement costs. The fiscal year of the village runs from June to May.
The board scheduled a public hearing on the 2012-13 budget for Monday April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall on Main Street. The proposed budget is $709,000, with spending up by $9,500 compared to last year, but Mayor Strevell said there would be no increase in the tax levy. “Property taxes should remain the same,” he said.
The board also passed a motion to sign a four-year contract with County Waste, the current waste management company serving the village, for trash and recycling pick-up. County Waste’s bid was lower than the one from Waste Management, the only other company that bid for the contract. The board also awarded landscaping duties in the village to Green Tree Nursery and Landscaping, on Route 9 in the village, after reviewing three bids for that project.
The board plans to use some of the money in what is left in the current budget to support cleanup efforts at Callan Park and renovations at the theater on Main Street. The village owns the theater building and rents it to the Valatie Community Theatre to run. Trustee Amy Freinberg-Trufas said she met with theater board to talk about safety issues around the building. She asked that $7,500 be moved from Community Funds to the theater budget line to cover the work.
She also asked that $2,300 in the budget be used for Callan Park cleanup. A local Girl Scout troop is doing some cleanup this Saturday in the park but Ms. Freinberg-Trufas pointed out there is a lot that needs to be done. “The park is a shame, it’s such a mess,” she said at the meeting.
The next village board meeting will be Tuesday May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the village hall.