State land grant expands K’hook park

VALATIE–Supervisor Pat Grattan announced at the Kinderhook Town Board meeting Monday night that the town now owns over 78 acres behind Volunteer Park off of State Farm Road. Mr. Grattan said Town Attorney Andrew Howard had presented the board with the final paperwork for the board to take ownership of the land from the state before this week’s meeting.

Last November Mr. Grattan announced that the town would be taking ownership of the 77.9 acre property. At the time, he said the land was owned by the state, which is granting it to the town at no cost. The town had to pay some closing costs on the transfer.

At the August 6 meeting, Mr. Grattan said of the use of the land: “We’ll get the Rec Department on it.” He said that there could be trails on the land, which also includes the road the town already uses and maintains to and from Volunteer Park. Mr. Grattan pointed out that with this land the town has about 100 acres at the park, which has a baseball and softball fields, as well as basketball court, soccer fields, a dog park and a playground. There are also two buildings at the park property that are currently closed to the public.

Also at the meeting, the supervisor said the board approved a contract with the county Sheriff’s Office to have enhanced police enforcement eight hours a week at an estimated cost of $47 an hour. Mr. Grattan stressed that the hourly cost could vary depending on what staff member is on duty. The enhanced patrols would be on top of regular traffic monitoring the sheriff and state troopers do in the town.

In a related matter the board discussed purchasing two traffic signs that would show drivers their speed and record the data of how fast vehicles were going. Mr. Grattan said a sign that records the data on speeds for the town would cost $3,200. The speed reading sign would cost about $400 less. He also said that the Village of Kinderhook would split the cost for one of the devices with town. The village already has one sign that shows speed and records data. It was most recently set up on Albany Avenue.

Mr. Grattan said the total cost for two signs would be about $7,000.

“It’s not cheap,” Mr. Grattan said.

Councilwoman Sally Hogan suggested that the board see how the enhanced patrols in the town control the speeding before spending the money for the signs.

The board also opened a bid for over $44,000 to put in an electric vehicle charging station at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building. Mr. Grattan made a motion to put the bid for work out again, since the town only has $14,000 in grant money for the project and the board did not expect the bid to come in that high. “You could put three of them in for that price,” said Councilman Tim Ooms.

In other business this week:

• Councilwoman Hogan reported on the medication drop-off box at the Hannaford supermarket, which is a secure place for people to bring old or unused medicines. The box is inside the store and Ms. Hogan said that people can drop off the medicines, pills and liquids, when the store is open. The state will safely get rid of the medicines. “They already filled it up once,” said Councilwoman Patsy Leader

• Ms. Leader also said that Hannaford Pharmacy is offering flu and pneumonia shots for seniors at the Glynn Building, the in the meeting room next to the Valatie Village Hall, on September 17. Ms. Leader said that seniors needed to bring identification and proof of insurance but that the shots were free

• The board voted to hold a public hearing on a Local Law #2 before at the next meeting. The local law concerns Emergency Access System, a lock box that emergency services to can access to get into buildings when an alarm goes off. The law, as written, “provides for placement in secured, locked containers, keys to important areas within a structure.” Local emergency service providers will be able to access the container to get the key.

The proposed law applies to “all buildings located within the Town of Kinderhook having an automatic fire alarm system or an automatic suppression system” and “any building having three or more false alarms within a six-month period.”

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, August 10 at 7 p.m. The public hearing is set for 7 p.m.

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