K’hook Town Board seeks lower speed on 9

VALATIE—The Kinderhook Town Board passed a motion at the September 12 meeting to petition the state Department of Transportation (DOT) for a reduction of the speed limit on state Route 9. The request comes after another fatal accident on the highway.

On the evening of August 13 State Police investigated a fatal motor vehicle crash involving an SUV and a golf cart on Route 9 near Maple Lane South. The golf cart operator, Dopson A. Wynter, 60, of Kinderhook was pronounced dead on scene. According to the police reports, initial investigation found the SUV was southbound on Route 9 when the Club Car golf cart entered the roadway from the west shoulder and subsequently collided with the SUV.

The board talked about issues along that area of Route 9, which has been the site of other accidents, including another fatal car accident in 2017. Supervisor Tim Ooms said during the discussion that he hoped the state would look into the speed and improve the safety along that stretch of Route 9. The speed limit is 50 mph. It was reduced from 55 mph several years ago.

To help with speed issues, the board also approved spending up to $3,500 on a Streetsmart traffic data reporting radar sign. The town had been using the Village of Valatie’s sign, which registers, tracks and shows drivers their speed. Supervisor Ooms said the sign can be used to show when and where drivers are speeding in the town. Though the board approved speeding $3,500, Supervisor Ooms said the cost is closer to $3,200.

Also at the meeting the board discussed the Climate Smart Committee actions with Melissa Miller, a committee member and the town’s representative for the Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley’s Local Champions. The town received a $5,000 grant from the state for climate actions and are now discussing how to use the funds.

The next Town Board meeting will be October 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building. The board plans to have a hearing on the proposed 2023 budget at 6 p.m. that same night.

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