In Kinderhook, keep calm and drive slowly

KINDERHOOK–Village Mayor Jim Dunham updated residents on traffic calming measures being taken by the board at their meeting on October 11. He talked about the measures after the village clerk read a letter into the record from resident Rima Bostick about speeding at the corner of William and Hudson streets.

Ms. Bostick also attended the meeting and told the board that her cat had been killed by a speeding pick-up truck that made the turn onto William Street too fast. “This is the third cat I lost in the same spot,” she told the board. Ms. Bostick said that village widened the intersection and made it “a hazard.”

Mayor Dunham, who said the intersection was widened in the late 1990s, did not agree with Ms. Bostick about it being a hazard, but he did say the board had been working on reducing speeds in the village.

The mayor said the village would soon have its own speed monitoring sign that will let drivers know who fast they are going. It can be moved to different spots on village roads. He also said that the county sheriff and state troopers have been monitoring speeding in the village. “They’ve issued at least four tickets that I’m aware of,” he said.

The board hired a private firm, WSP, to conduct a traffic study last year. Mayor Dunham said the board has been working through the list of recommendations from WSP to slow down the traffic in the village. Mr. Dunham said the company will be back to place traffic monitory “tubes” down “so we can see what kind of reduction we are getting.”

Also at the meeting:

• A resident on Sunset Avenue came to the meeting to ask what the board is doing about two houses with code violations. Village Code Enforcement Officer Glen Smith was not at the meeting, but Mr. Dunham said, “Glen does intend to move on those.” He said one house is for sale and the owners “thought they had a sale but it fell through.” The other house, owned by local attorney William Better, has been painted and there has been some work done inside the house

• The board will hold a public hearing on changes to the village solar laws. The mayor said that Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals have reviewed the changes. The public hearing will be at 7:15 p.m. November 8

• Village resident Alexandra Anderson asked about the status of the Mills Park on Albany Avenue, which has plants to attract butterflies. Ms. Anderson said other residents had questions about whether or not the plants should be cut back. Mayor Dunham said he would talk to the volunteer who did the planting.

The next Village Board meeting will be Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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