K’hook adopts $1.2M budget, picks $400K roof repair

KINDERHOOK–The Village Board held a public hearing on the 2015-16 proposed budget before the regular meeting April 8. The $1.2 million budget has a levy increase of 1.68%, which is below the state property tax cap.

There were no comments on the proposed budget during the public hearing, so during the regular meeting the board members who attended the meeting, with the mayor on video conference from Florida, approved the spending plan. The complete budget is available online at the village website, www.villageofkinderhook.org, and at the village clerk’s office.

After the meeting, board members confirmed that they had awarded the contract for repairing the Village Hall roof to the Carey construction company from Kingston. The three companies that bid on the project gave the board a base bid and then alternates that included additional work needed to complete the project as specified. Carey’s base bid was $291,500 and the board added alternate 1 from company, which increases the final price by $105,000. The total cost of the roof repair and masonry work on the building on Route 9 will $396,000 under the proposal. Trustees said they would be borrowing money to pay for the project. They expect construction could start as early as this spring.

At the meeting the board discussed the Spring Home and Garden Day that will take place in the village April 18. Village Economic Development Director Renee Shur said that parking could be an issue in the village on that day. She told the board she talked to the State Police about traffic control and was told that she should contact them if the event starts getting crowded.

The village will put up traffic cones to close the one-way street next to the village green and will have cones to stop people from parking at the corner of certain intersections off of Route 9.

During the meeting board signed an intermunicpal agreement to share services with other villages, towns and with the county. Village Department of Works Superintendent Dave Booth told the board the agreement was “very straightforward.” He stressed that having the agreement would not affect the DPW work in the village and would not mean the DPW would have to work in other municipalities. “Our residents come first,” he said.

“There is an established repayment amount,” Mr. Booth said of the shared services, adding that that the contract does mention reciprocal work instead of payment.

The board approved the agreement. The Town of Kinderhook and the Village of Chatham have also signed the agreement.

Also at last week’s meeting:

  • The board accepted the resignation of Bill Van Alstyne form the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Village Board will be looking for a new member and is accepting resumes from interested persons
  • The board officially created a Comprehensive Plan Committee. The village received a grant from the Hudson Greenway to update the village comprehensive plan and the committee has already started meeting to review the plan
  • Trustee Rich Phillips announced that the Planning Board had approved a daycare facility at the North Point Church and was reviewing an application from the Flammerie on Hudson Street, which has applied for approval of outdoor seating behind the building. The Planning Board has set a public hearing on it next month.

The next village board meeting is May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

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