DOT, Nat’l Grid lend a hand to village

KINDERHOOK–Power company National Grid and the state Department of Transportation (DOT) are planning to move the utility poles that support power lines very close to the Village Hall roof.

Village Trustee Bob Puckett told the board about the decision at the board’s October 9 meeting. The roof is in need of repair but the board has not been able to move forward with proposals for the work until the power lines are moved.

When the board first discussed the power lines in August, Mr. Puckett said that if the village had to move the lines it would add $20,000 to $30,000 to the repair project. He had reached out to National Grid about the lines. The poles are in a DOT right of way, which is how the state agency became involved in the project.

“The only reason we have power lines is to power our siren,” said Mr. Puckett, referring to the emergency warning siren at Village Hall. And that fact generated a discussion at this month’s regular Village Board meeting of finding another way power the siren.

Mr. Puckett said using a different power source might require a converter that could cost between $1,000 and $1,500.

Mayor Carol Weaver said that spending the money on a solution to power the siren would be much less expensive than moving the lines.

Also at last week’s meeting the board held a public hearing before the regular meeting about a new local law that would amend the village code to establish regulations for the erection and maintenance of signs. Village Planning Board Chairman Mark Browne said after the meeting that the new law should help make existing signage laws in the village more clear. The board adopted the new law during the regular meeting that followed the hearing.

The Planning Board is also planning to make changes to the village comprehensive plan. Mr. Browne said during the meeting that his board “would like input from the community.” He is hoping to form a committee of community members to discuss the plan before the Planning Board makes any changes. He said of the Comprehensive Plan Committee: “First we’d take the ideas in, then red-line the plan before we’d take it to the Planning Board.”

As for looking at the future of the village, several months ago board approved a survey that was mailed out to residents and business owners about what residents wanted to see in the village. Rima Bostick, a resident who is collecting data from the surveys to present to the board, asked that the survey be added to the village website.

In other business the board did talk about sewer project, which will connect buildings in the business district to the Valatie wastewater treatment plant. The mayor said the board hopes to request bids in November and review the proposals in December. Mayor Weaver said she still working with the state on the extension of a major grant the village received for the work that states that construction has to be completed by December 2013.

The next village meeting will be Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the village hall on Route 9.

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