K’hook’s ready to sell old Town Hall to highest bidder

VALATIE–The Town Board dedicated the Town Clerk’s Office at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building to Margaret “Peggy” Butcher at the regular town meeting November 18.

Ms. Butcher, who died in October, was town clerk for 17 years. Current Town Clerk Kim Pinkowski said that Ms. Butcher not only helped train her as clerk but she was also very involved in the community and had been Ms. Pinkowski’s Girl Scout troop leader.

Supervisor Pat Grattan said a plaque will be placed outside the office.

At the meeting the board also heard from town resident Marcia Anderson about selling the former Town Hall in Niverville. The board plans to hold an auction December 7 to sell the building, which is over 2000 square feet and sits on 5 acres that include ball fields and a park.

Ms. Anderson said she thought it was “foolish” for the board to sell the building with all 5 acres attached. She asked that the board put aside some of the land for use as a town park. “This town has very few recreational facilities,” Ms. Anderson told the board.

Mr. Grattan responded, saying, “I thought long and hard about that.” But he said the board decided to sell the property with the office building. “The neighbors are tickled to death that there is no longer a playground back there,” he said at the board meeting.

Residents whose homes bordered the park had come to several town meetings in the past to complain about the groups that used the park for baseball and basketball. The leagues that used the park have now moved to the town park on State Farm Road.

On another matter, the plans to discuss updates to the town comprehensive plan at the December board meeting.

The meeting saw the appointment of James Haggerty to the town Zoning Board of Appeals.

The next meeting will be Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m.


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