Valatie FD gets its new truck, questions town funding

VALATIE–The village fire department is getting a new fire truck, which should arrive in mid-November. The board approved selling the department’s 1989 fire truck for $3,500 to the Accord Speedway at their meeting on Tuesday night. The new truck, a 2015 pumper truck with had been used for demonstrations at fire department conventions, will cost the village about $292,000.

Valatie Fire Department Assistant Chief Joseph Loeffler came to the board last summer to say the 1989 truck needed about $11,000 in repairs but the truck was only worth about $5,000 in resale. At that time, the board agreed to solicit bids for a new truck, which were opened in September. According to the board, the 2015 pumper truck was the only bid received.

The Village Board discussed equipment needed for the new truck with representatives from the fire department at the October 10 meeting. Board members also talked about the Town of Kinderhook’s budget line for the Valatie Fire Department with the fire department representatives. Chief Loeffler said that looking back over a decade, Valatie’s fire district has received less in town funding than Niverville, the other fire district in the town. Read more…

Legion dedicates new home in Stockport

STOCKPORT – The Hudson American Legion Post 184 conducted a ceremony on Saturday, September 30 to dedicate the newly acquired building at 107 County Route 25. The ceremony began with a procession by Post 184 Color Guard, the Stockport Volunteer Fire Company Color Guard, the Village Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps of Delmar, flag bearers from Boy Scout Troop 102, and a delegation of past commanders.

The post’s new commander, Ed Coons, welcomed the gathering. Congressman John Faso (R–19th) presented a flag that had been flown over the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. Remarks on the day were provided by Congressman Faso and state Senator Kathleen Marchione (R- 43rd) both of whom also assisted with the unveiling of the dedication plaque Read more…

G’town will hold final hearing on town plan update

GERMANTOWN—The Town Board holds a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Final Draft next Thursday, October 19 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall.

For town residents who are feeling a sense of “deja vu all over again,” this is a new hearing, for a new purpose, before a new administrative body.

On June 1 the committee appointed to update the 2011 Comprehensive Plan completed its draft and held a public hearing. At that time, the public was speaking to the committee. Read more…

K’hook sets fees for use of Glynn Municipal Building

KINDERHOOK–The Town Board set rental fees for use of the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building at the board meeting last week. Use of space in the building, which is co-owned by the town and Village of Valatie, will remain free for most not-for-profit programs, but a building committee has created fees for commercial groups that want to rent space and for events where not-for-profits charge admission to attend or ask for donations.

At the October 2 meeting, town Supervisor Pat Grattan said the fees will “not affect anybody currently using the building.” He said that the building committee, which he sits on and includes Councilwoman Patsy Leader, Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle and Valatie Trustee Frank Bevens, agreed on the new fees.

The supervisor said the committee based the fees on what the Ichabod Crane Central School District and the Village of Kinderhook charge for using their buildings. Read more…

New farm bets on hops crop

ANCRAM—Hops are perennial plants that grow up a trellis to a height of 18 feet. The fruit of the plant, also called the flower, is primarily used to flavor beer, but is also used in fragrances and as an ornamental.

Hops are grown mainly in Oregon, Washington and Michigan in the U.S., and are now experiencing a resurgence in New York State—mostly in the Finger Lakes and Syracuse.

A closeup of a hops fruit or flower. Hops sell for $15/pound. Photo by B. Docktor

But a new hops, grains and oilseed growing operation can be found right here in the southeast corner of Columbia County on 50 acres of the old Bryant Farm at the corner of Roche Drive and Route 82. Read more…