K’hook hears from cramped responders, fearful neighbors

KINDERHOOK–The Valatie Rescue Squad is looking for a new home. Representatives from the squad, which is currently headquartered on Route 9H in Valatie, came to the Town of Kinderhook Board to say they were looking to move from their old building and asking board members to get the word out.

Squad President Derick La Torre told the board at the September 10 meeting, “The squad is in dire need of a new location,” saying their current space is too small and out of date.

The squad provides emergency response services for the towns of Kinderhook and Stuyvesant as well as parts of Chatham, Ghent and Stockport.

Mr. La Torre said that the squad has about six to nine staff members at a time in the office to run the 24/7 service. The squad has been considering building a new space for years but the plans have gone nowhere. Now its effort to find new home has taken the squad in a different direction. “We are looking to the town and townspeople,” said Mr. La Torre.

The next issue the board heard about at the meeting was brought up by neighbors of the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club, who claimed that a bullet passed their house last month. After calling State Troopers, Katherine Tretheway, who lives in Bells Acres in Valatie, said she also called the Rod and Gun club about issue but had not heard back.

“It’s a danger to our houses, it’s a danger to our lives,” she told the board. Ms. Tretheway said that though she didn’t want to see the club close, “there are some safety things that I think they could be using.”

Supervisor Pat Grattan asked Ms. Tretheway and her neighbors who attended the meeting to come back to the town hall to meet with the Rod and Gun Club president and some Town Board members who are also members of the club.

Board member Patsy Leader, a member of the club who also teaches classes there, said of the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club, “It is the most people-friendly club.” She said the club has a fence and does follow safety rules.

Ms. Tretheway said that several years ago bullets struck houses in the development. “You are less than half a mile from my house; your bullets go over my house,” she said.

In other business, the board approved the creation of a softball field at Volunteer Park to be built by the Northern Columbia Little League. Dave Kolb, the president of the league, came to the board over the summer to ask for permission to add the field.

Other last few months, he showed the board plans and met with the town engineer as well as the recreation commissioner and neighbors of the field. “I’ve done everything you asked,” he said to the board before they approved the plan.

“We’re trying to give the girls a safe field to play on,” Mr. Kolb said. The league plans to use volunteers and raise money for construction of the field.

The September 10 meeting also saw the board approve a change to town zoning law that makes conservation subdivisions voluntary not mandatory. A story on that topic appeared in last week’s paper and remains available online at www.columbiapaper.com

The next board meeting has been moved to Monday, October 15 because of the Columbus Day holiday. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in Niverville.

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