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Better watch where and when you park in Valatie


VALATIE–Parking tickets to be issued in the village are on their way to the printer. The Village Board looked at proofs of the proposed village summons form at their meeting Tuesday night. Town Attorney Rob Fitzsimmons said local law enforcement officials could start issuing tickets for violations in about a week.

The Board adopted new parking and traffic laws in October after reviewing the rules and approving some updates, including the fines for violators. According to the tickets, “Fines and Penalties for parking range from $50 to $300 and also can include imprisonment for 15 days to 90 days.”

Mr. Fitzsimmons assured board members that payment of fines will come to the village even though the violators submit them to Kinderhook Town Court. The Valatie Village Board dissolved the Village Court 2010.

Violations that result in a ticket include parking in a handicapped zone, failure to heed no parking for snow removal, blocking hydrants and crosswalks, and parking on sidewalks. The blank tickets will be supplied to the county sheriff and State Troopers, who will issue them.

Trustee Frank Bevens said there will be about 28 new traffic signs posted around the village to make the traffic laws clear. The new signs include stop signs at the crossings in the Holly Hills development, which have not previously had any signs, according to Mr. Bevens.

The board also discussed who gets to view footage from security cameras the village is installing on Main Street. In the past, the deputy sheriff assigned to the village could look at footage at the substation in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building. Village officials could also look at the camera footage, which is used to monitor traffic on the street.

Following a discussion of the issue with the board, Mr. Fitzsimmons he said he would draft a village policy for viewing the images.

“You can’t just have nothing there,” said Trustee Dave Williams, commenting on the lack of a village policy on who may view the recordings.

The Village Board purchased the cameras with some state funds. Mr. Bevens, who helped secure the state grant through the office of state Senator Kathy Marchione (R–43rd), said that a policy saying the footage can only be viewed by village officials upon request or for law enforcement purposes would be tying their hands. “Village officials have the right to those cameras,” he said.

Also at the meeting:

  • The board discussed water and sewer connections for houses being built at the Valtucket Cottages on Route 203. In 2013, village Planning Board gave approval for the cottages that are on property in front of the Paul Raihofer Senior Village Apartments. The Village Board is concerned with where the cottages are connecting to the main water and sewer.

Mayor Diane Argyle said there is a line that is not village property but supplies water to the Raihofer building.

Mr. Fitzsimmons said that he needed to sit down with the developer, Jason Nastke, and village officials to figure out how the hook-up will work. “They are going to get connected, we want them to connect,” he said of the project that is approved for eight homes on the one-acre lot. The cottages would be for residents 55 and older. “We approved it, so we just can’t not give them water and sewer,” he said of the project.

“There is nothing that gave Jason permission to hook-up to Raihofer water line,” Mayor Argyle said

  • The mayor asked the board to approve a study with Village of Kinderhook on shared services. The mayor said there would be no cost to the villages for the study. Trustee Angelo Nero said that they should ask the town to be part of the study. Mr. Bevens agreed. The board did not vote on the motion.

The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building.

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