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Kinderhook board holds in-person meeting, hears park report, sets budget timeline

Sep 22, 2020 6:00 am
Emilia Teasdale is reporting for The Columbia Paper that the town of Kinderhook held an in-person meeting last week at the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building with about eight people in attendance. The board discussed the purchase of cameras for Volunteer Park and a state grant of $30,000 received for lighting. Supervisor Patsy Leader reported on incidents of vandalism in Volunteer Park and said she and Highway Superintendent John Ruchel were looking at buying security cameras. Ruchel said the town does not have access to the feed from cameras currently in the park. Ruchel said his crews have been picking up a lot of garbage at Volunteer Park and he also warned there had been issues with people going into the two closed buildings on the site. The town owns the buildings, which were closed several years ago, but the electricity has to remain on, Leader said. The playground and pavilion remain closed at the park. Leader said the basketball court is being used, as well as the baseball fields. A contract for use of the park for fall Little League with the Northern Columbia Little League and Chaos Softball has been approved. The town’s dog park, run by a volunteer group, has been reopened. Also at the September 14 meeting, the board set dates for town budget workshops. The board will meet on October 14 and 21 at 6:30 p.m. to review a draft spending plan for 2021. Leader pointedly stated there are “no revenues coming into the town.” Town budgets must be adopted by the board and forwarded on to the state by November. The town’s fiscal year begins in January. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.