Valatie aims to be ‘Clean Energy Community’

VALATIE–At the Valatie Village Board meeting Tuesday, September 12, the board adopted an energy benchmarking policy for certain municipal buildings in the village as a first step toward achieving a “Clean Energy Community” designation.

The designation would qualify the village to apply for grants from the New York State Clean Energy Communities’ program to further implement clean energy solutions, reducing costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

The board also discussed lighting in the village, noting that all new bulbs are LEDs.

In other business at the meeting:

• A resident who had been notified by the village that he should remove a deteriorating and possibly hazardous addition to his garage said that a contractor had since deemed the structure safe, and that excessive growth of poison ivy was impeding any removal of the structure. The board asked the resident to have the poison ivy removed by October 10, and allow the building inspector access

• Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Garvey was at the meeting to address speeding complaints on Spring Street. Monitoring the street on three separate dates over the course of three hours and ten minutes, the deputy observed 75 vehicles and zero speeding infractions. He noted that the maximum speed detected was 26 mph.

The board will next meet on October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building.

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