VALATIE–The Village Board wants to pay for residents’ kids to go the Town of Kinderhook Recreation Program this summer. At the regular board meeting this week village Mayor Diane Argyle proposed using $2,000 in the budget toward the $20-a-week fee for kindergarten-through-7th graders to go to the summer program.
The board also signed papers at the June 11 meeting to increase the maximum amount they plan to use on the 0%-interest loan they have for sewer treatment plant upgrades. Mary Beth Bianconi, from Delaware Engineering, the company managing the upgrades, said that signing the paperwork does not obligate the board to borrow more money but gives the village the option to use the money to fix up the two buildings at the plant.
“The buildings down there are kind of tired,” she told the board. The upgrades to the plant are complete, but she said that something is leaking at the pump-house and there need to be upgrades to the shower for safety reasons. The ballpark number for the construction she gave to the board was $500,000.
“I just want everything done and taken care of,” said Mayor Argyle. The village has so far spent about $3 million on the plant upgrades. The cost is partially offset by a state grant for $2 million, so the loan the village would be paying back is $1.2 million at 0%.
Mayor Argyle said the Village of Kinderhook has started construction on its end of the sidewalk link project along Route 9 between the two villages and will be adding sewer pipes that will connect buildings on the Main Street in Kinderhook to the Valatie sewer plant.
The board also adopted a motion to allow the Vanderpoel House and St. Paul’s, also on Route 9, to connect to the sewer, though they were not part of the original project. Kinderhook will pay Valatie the hook-up fee of $2,000 per unit for a total of $6,000, because the Columbia County Historical Society’s Vanderpoel House is considered two units. The board also agreed to connect a residence on Route 9 that is in Valatie but was not connected to the sewer.
Also on the subject of water and sewer, the mayor plans to send off shut-off notices to residents who have not paid their January bills. She said property owners will have 10 days to respond to the letter before their water is turned off. “We certainly don’t want to be shutting off anybody’s water but we don’t want to be taken advantage of,” she said at the meeting.
Trustee Frank Bevens said that over the last few months $16,000 has been collected in past-due water and sewer bills.
As for the town rec program, the board members discussed how they would pay for local children to go to the playground program at Volunteers’ Park. Several ideas where considered, but the board does not know how many Valatie residents will sign up. The board members decided on a cap of $2,000, with parents reimbursed for part of the tuition.
Also at the meeting the Village Board:
•Heard Mr. Bevens say that the village website should be up in a few weeks and residents can sign up for email lists to be contacted about events in the village and important meetings
•Learned that the town is no longer picking up brush this season but start again in the fall. Residents may take brush to the transfer station on Route 9H in Kinderhook
•Heard plans to make Williams Street, between Church Street and Luther Way, one way going north. There will be a public hearing on July 9 at 7:15 p.m. Mr. Bevens said they are still discussing the issue of the bricks stacked along the newly paved road. He said the issue will be resolved this summer.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday July 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Martin H. Glynn Building.