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Valatie eyes making street one-way


VALATIE — The Village Board plans to hold a public hearing on the plan to make Williams Street one way. The hearing will be held just before the next board meeting Tuesday, November 8.

The board announced the hearing at its regular October meeting this week, saying the plan also involves using state road improvement money to grind down the layers of pavement on the street and to add sidewalks.

At the Tuesday, October 11 meeting, Mayor Gary Strevell also announced at that curbside brush collection will start October 17 and the village-wide cleanup day will be October 29. Villagers need to sign up for cleanup day at the Village Hall and bring their trash to dumpsters parked on River Street.

River Street Park was a topic of discussion, as well. Diane Argyle, the village parks director, said the park is still closed due to flooding from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee. There are trees down along the main path in the park and there was some erosion, she told the board.  She did not know when the park will be open again.

Jason Nastke, a part-time clerk at the village office and a former mayor, brought up the plan to use some of the $66,000 in state CHIPS funds the village has saved up to remove layers of paving on Williams Street. CHIPS stands for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.

Mr. Nastke suggested the street be made one way from the Senior Center at the end of the street to the corner of Church Street, with a sidewalk added to one side. He said that fixing the street would cost about $34,000, with another $15,000 for the sidewalks. “It would be a huge improvement to the village,” he told the board.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. November 8. The village will move forward with the project as soon as possible if there are no objections.

The next Community Watch meeting will be Wednesday, October 26 at the Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 7 p.m. The agenda calls a discussion of parking tickets in the village.

To contact reporter Emilia Teasdale email

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