Want your own town hall? Kinderhook has one

KINDERHOOK–The Town Board approved putting the old town hall in Niverville up for auction with Collar City Auctions for a minimum bid of $160,000, the assessed value of the building.

At the regular meeting Monday, August 12 Town Supervisor Pat Grattan said the board had had success with the auction firm before and he wanted to sell the old town hall, which the town bought in the 1970s, before the onset of cold weather.

The board also authorized the town clerk, Kim Pinkowski, to sell Easy Pass electronic toll devices for $25. The town will keep $4 on each sale and the board approved spending $520 to buy 25 of the small white boxes initially. The clerk’s office is open Mondays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In other business the board:

Set a public hearing to discuss the town’s Comprehensive Plan at the next regular board meeting September 9 at 7 p.m. The proposed new plan is on the town’s website at www.kinderhook-ny.gov under the News and Announcements section

Reviewed applications for use of rooms in the Glynn Building. The board tabled a request for the second month in the row from Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary Club for Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The village uses the meeting room in the building for meetings of the zoning and planning boards on Wednesday, and VERA, the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association, meets there on the third Wednesday of the month.

Denied the application of a group called Literacy Connections, which sought to use space to offer classes to mothers and pre-school aged children. Board member Pasty Leader talked about the amount of time the group would want and the space. “We don’t have a classroom available,” she said. Currently several sports groups use the gym in the building and the Boy Scouts use a classroom.

The board moved the town offices and the town court to the Martin H. Glynn School on Church Street, Valatie last spring. The town shares the building with the Village of Valatie and a County Sheriff’s Office substation. The municipalities bought the Glynn School from the school district for $1 after voters approved the sale in 2012.

Heard Mr. Grattan say that the village and town will hosting a Community Day September 7 at Glynn Square across the street from the new town and village hall on Church Street, and the school building will be officially dedicated and renamed the Governor Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building during that event.

The next regular town meeting will be Monday, September 9 at 7 p.m. in the Glynn Building.

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