VALATIE–The Village Board has granted access to law enforcement agencies to view the footage from the security cameras on Main Street. Two board members will also have access, but only to make sure the cameras are switched on and working. Board member Frank Bevens said at the board meeting last Tuesday, that to the view the footage captured on the three high definition cameras, law enforcement agencies would have unlock the Sheriff’s Office substation in the Martin H. Glynn Building.
The resolution authorizing access to the cameras, adopted at the January 12 board meeting, states that the board “determines that the cameras and camera equipment of the Village of Valatie shall be used by the village personnel as designated by the Village Board for the purposes of security and crime prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution.”
Mayor Diane Argyle said that recorded images from the cameras are “not open to anyone in the village,” but that residents could make formal requests to see the footage.
Mr. Bevens said state troopers had already used footage on the cameras to investigate in incident on Main Street, but he stressed that the footage is not viewed constantly and could only be viewed on the monitors in the locked substation.
The board will also be supplying state troopers and the Sheriff’s Office deputies this month with parking ticket forms for them to issue to violators. Mayor Argyle said that the new signs on Main Street have been installed, warning people not to park there from 3 to 6 a.m. from November through March due to snow removal.
“This is a warning,” she said at the meeting. “Obey the signs.”
She also pointed out that there is public parking in two community parking lots on Main Street, and at the Senior Center Parking Lot on Williams Street, as well as public parking on Luther Street.
Also at the meeting:
- The board announced that village elections will be held March 15 from noon to 9 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Building on Church Street. The seats currently held by Trustees Angelo Nero and Dave Williams are up for election. Petitions for those interested running for the seats need to be submitted by February 9. The board decided not to hold a registration day in early March
- A $1,300 façade improvement grant was approved for Lisa Hill for an awning on her store, the Attic, on Main Street
- Rates will rise for building permits as suggested by the new building inspector
- The mayor thanked an anonymous village resident who donated money to have the clock on Main Street repaired
- The board signed a shared services agreement with the state for emergency assistance due to snow and other weather issues.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building.
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