If price is right, K’hook will pave private road

KINDERHOOK–The Town Board this week discussed a petition from residents of Wildflower Road to pave the private road. The unpaved road is currently maintained by the residents who live along it, but if the board decides to have it paved at the homeowners’ expense, the town would then plow and maintain the road.

At the October 17 meeting, Town Attorney Andy Howard advised the board to send the petition asking the town to pave the road back to the residents so that they can add a dollar amount to the paving costs. The board passed a motion to have the town engineer provide an estimate on paving the road. Addressing Rupert Sharoun, the one Wildflower Road resident at the meeting, Mr. Howard said that the board didn’t want to present the neighbors on the road with a price for paving that was so high it would worry them or so low that it wouldn’t meet the needs of the job.

Mr. Howard said he did not want to hold up the process, but he wanted the petition to have a dollar amount in it so that “you and your neighbors don’t petition for A and get B.” There are 15 homes on the road, which is off of Mason Road.

Mr. Sharoun said that he trusted the town engineer and that the neighbors supported adding a paving amount to the petition.

“It’s your road; it’s your request,” Mr. Howard said.

The board also discussed internet service at the meeting and plans for updating the town website.

Supervisor Pat Grattan again told residents to contact him personally if they are having trouble with their internet connection and he would alert Fairpoint, the company the town has a franchise agreement with the town to provide internet service.

He said that the board would be discussing the franchise agreement in November, and he that he appointed a special committee to negotiate with Fairpoint. The committee includes Mr. Grattan, Councilman Paul Voltz and town resident Matthew Nelson, who is running for the open seat on the Town Board in the November 8 election.

Former board member Peter Bujanow attended the meeting to present a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new town website. “The last time we did anything was 2011,” Mr. Bujanow said of the current website. He stressed that the new website needed to be “friendly” in terms of mobile devices and also should be easier to search, be able to send out notices and announcements, and provide easier ways to upload information.

Councilmen Tim Ooms said of a better search capacity on the website: “That there would simplify everything.”

Board members did not discuss cost for redesigning the site but they plan to review Mr. Bujanow’s proposal and discuss it more at the November meeting. “We’re trying to get current,” Mr. Bujanow said.

Also at the meeting:

• Resident Ed Simonsen talked about the Climate Smart Committee meeting held last month to discuss solar panels. The town currently has a moratorium on non-roof mounted panels and the town’s Codes Committee is reviewing the town zoning laws on solar panels. Mr. Simonsen pointed out that no members of the board, except for Mr. Grattan, attended the meeting even though they will have to decide on any proposed changes to local solar panel regulations

• The board appointed Sally Hogan to the Zoning Board of Appeals

• Two Ichabod Crane High School students attended the meeting to ask the town about hosting a 5k race this fall to raise money for the Chatham Care 4U program, which helps people addicted to drugs or alcohol find treatment or rehabilitation programs.

Mr. Howard suggested the students contact the Kinderhook Runners Club. Councilwoman Pasty Leader questioned whether they could organize race by November but stressed that they should keep planning even if it doesn’t work out for this fall. “My biggest thing is I don’t want you to be discouraged,” she said

• The board hired Cruz Rivera, the maintenance person for the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, to set up for a rabies clinic to be held at the building November 5 in the gym. Cats can be immunized from 2 to 3 p.m. and dogs from 3 to 4 p.m.

• The board will hold budget meetings on October 20 and 27 at 6:30 to review the proposed 2017 town budget.

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, October 14.

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