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Valatie carwash plans move forward

Feb 07, 2017 12:05 am

Emilia Teasdale is reporting in The Columbia Paper the Valatie Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals held a second joint meeting last week to discuss the proposal to build a carwash on Route 9 in the village. B.J. Cantele presented the boards with plans to replace the Valkin restaurant building with a 24-hour self-serve carwash. Cantele's engineer discussed testing for chemicals, hours of operation and approvals needed from the state Department of Environmental Conservation about the wetlands behind the existing building. Cantele still needs to present topographic maps of the area to address grading issues. It is believed the property is located in a 100-year flood plain, a matter that still needs to be resolved, Teasdale writes. In a letter to the board, Kinderhook Village Mayor Jim Dunham raised concerns about calcium chloride from the cars getting into the village’s aquifer. A major issue facing the proposal, Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle said, is the moratorium on water service expansion the county and state have imposed on the village. She said Cantele would have to talk to the county Department of Health about the ban. The boards must conduct a long-form State Environmental Quality Review that then must go to the DEC, a state historic review board, the village of Kinderhook, the county Planning Board and the Department of Health. The two boards will hold another joint meeting on February 22. A public hearing on the project has not yet been scheduled. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.

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