K’hook will work with county’s assessment data

VALATIE–The Kinderhook Town Board met on Monday night despite the snowstorm, which closed local schools and businesses. Board members agreed to sign a contract with the county to use the services of the assessors from the county Real Property Tax Department.

In December the board heard from Town Assessor Tom Griffen about using some services provided by the county, including the county’s data gathering and property modeling services. At that time Mr. Grattan said the arrangement would cost the town about $29,000.

Also this week the board made new plans for a plaque in honor of Atwood Qua, a longtime volunteer for the county’s Office for the Aging’s Home Delivered Meals program, commonly known as Meals on Wheels. The board had originally intended to present the plaque to Mr. Qua, but he died February 7. Town Supervisor Pat Grattan said that the board would now send the plaque to Mr. Qua’s family.

Mr. Gattan said that Mr. Qua volunteered for the program, which delivers meals to local seniors, for 26 years. He said that volunteers like Mr. Qua were the “heart of Meals on Wheels.”

Deputy Supervisor Pasty Leader said that the board plans to again schedule a day in March when senior citizens can bring documents to town hall that they want to have shredded. The county offers the program at different towns. Kinderhook hosted one in June and Ms. Leader said there was a large turnout. Seniors can bring their documents to be placed in locked containers to the town hall on Church Street. The documents will be shredded at no cost to the seniors. Ms. Leader said she’d have dates and time for the program at the next for town board meeting.

The board is also looking for someone to sit on the Board of Assessment Review. The review board meets once a year to review any residents’ grievance on their assessments. Clerk Kim Pinkowski said that there is a training in April that the new member would have to attend. A letter of interest can be sent to the board.

Ms. Pinkowski also said she would update the meeting minutes and agendas on the website. Resident Matthew Nelson, who was one of three people who braved the weather to attend meeting, said that the minutes posted on the website were out of date and there was not agenda posted. “We will strive to get that corrected,” said Mr. Grattan.

The next board meeting will be Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building.

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