Kinderhook village poised to rebuild DPW garage

KINDERHOOK–The Village Board will review design specs for the new Department of Public Works building that they are hoping to put out to bid soon. At their regular meeting on February 10, Trustee Dale Leiser said of the plans, “I believe we are all set to go.”

The board wants to rebuild the new DPW garage on the site of the old garage off of Route 9, which burned down last May. Other board members at the meeting said they had not yet seen plans for the new building, so the board planned to host a special meeting on Wednesday, February 24, to vote on a motion to seek bids for the project. The board expects to use insurance money to pay for the new building.

Also at the meeting:

•Comprehensive Plan Update Committee member Mark Brown announced that results from the survey the committee sent out were on the village website, www.villageofkinderhook.org

•Village Historian Ruth Piwonka asked whether the village could accept donations specifically for the African-American cemetery in Rothermel Park, which is on the state’s Registry of Historic Places. She said that family members of the village resident who established the cemetery in the early 1800s wanted to donate $500 for a sign to be placed at the site.

Mayor Weaver said that if the family donated the funds to the village, the donation would not be tax deductible.

Ms. Piwonka said that she will look into creating a not-for-profit to accept donations to raise money for a sign that could cost about $1700 to $3000

•Village elections will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at the Village Hall on Route 9. Mayor Weaver and incumbent trustee Brian Murphy are not running for reelection. Open seats include the mayor, two trustees and village judge.

According to the petitions filed at the Village Clerk’s office, Rima E. Bostick is running on the Responsible Party line and Jim Dunham is running for mayor on the Van Buren Party line. For trustee, incumbent Richard Phillips is running on the Van Buren Party line; Robert Baumeister is running on the People’s Party line; and Stephen Bean and Peter Hunter are running on the Freedom Party line. Incumbent David Dellehunt is running for judge on the Justice for All line.

The next Village Board meeting will be Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.

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