VALATIE–The Village Board approved a resolution last week to use paper ballots for the March 18 village election, a move that will save the village over $300.
Village Clerk Melissa Martino-Morin, who runs the elections, asked for the board for a motion to use the paper ballots and also asked the board to cancel registration day due to low turnout at the Village Board meeting on January 14.
Ms. Martino-Morin said in an election year where only trustees are running, like this one, the highest turnout in the past has been 56 people. This year the seats held by incumbent board members Angelo Nero and Dave Williams are up for election. Ms. Martino-Morin said that nominating petitions are due in early February, so the board will know soon how many people will be on the ballot.
According the Ms. Martino-Morin, renting a ballot scanning machine from the county costs $300 plus $55 to set up the machine. To use paper ballots the village will only have a lockbox and make it available to candidates before the polls open at noon to show that it is empty. After the polls close at 9 p.m., Ms. Martino-Morin and the two other board appointed poll workers will count the ballots.
The board also agreed to cancel Registration Day when Ms. Martino-Morin said that only three people came to the last one. “If we don’t have a registration day, you use the county list,” she said, referring to the method of determining voter eligibility.
Village elections will be held Tuesday, March 18 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Martin H. Glynn Building on Church Street. Petitions for those who want to run for a seat on the board are available at the village hall in the Glynn Building.
Also at the meeting the board:
•Approved hiring Morris Associates at a cost of $4,500 to test the flooring in the Valatie Firehouse. The floor where the fire truck parks sags
•Gave approval for the Northern Columbia Little League (NCLL) to use of part of a classroom in the Martin H. Glynn Building. The Town of Kinderhook, which co-owns the building, approved the NCLL application at the Town Board meeting January 13. The NCLL had to move its equipment from the town owned building on State Farm Road after the building flooded. The NCLL president said he assumed the move would be permanent and did not know what the town was planning to do with the buildings.
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