K’hook set to vote on budget Tuesday, Nov. 17

VALATIE–Kinderhook Supervisor Pat Grattan announced at this week’s Town Board meeting that the board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. to vote on the proposed $2.5 million 2016 town budget. The board held a public hearing on the budget last week.

Mr. Grattan did not announce the amount of the budget at November 9 meeting but did say, “I don’t anticipate a tax increase, there maybe be a decrease.”

Also at the regular Town Board meeting, the board accepted the bid for the Town of Kinderhook Compost Site from Troy Sand and Gravel for $20,000 a year. The town received bids from Troy Sand and Gravel and Robert Mitchell, but they were advised by Robert Fitzsimmons, the attorney appointed to review the bids, not to accept Mr. Mitchell’s bid because it was late and the packet was not complete. Mr. Fitzsimmons was appointed to review the bids since Town Attorney Andy Howard had a conflict of interest. Board member Tim Ooms recused himself from voting to accept the bid due to a conflict.

The board asked Mr. Howard to look into having feral cats that are caught in the town taken to Spaying Capital Region Unowned Feral Felines (SCRUFF) to be neutered instead of the Columbia Greene Humane Society due to cost.

Ann Pulver, who has been capturing feral cats and taking them to the Humane Society to be neutered using funding from the town and Village of Valatie . She and her associate release the cats after they have been neutered.

Mr. Grattan said that Mr. Howard would look into the issue.

The next board meeting will be December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Building.

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