03-24-09 - Being a pedestrian in the two most populous sections of the Town of Kinderhook will soon get a lot easier.
A plan to connect the sidewalks of the villages of Kinderhook and Valatie, with approximately 1,275 and 1,700 residents respectively, took a giant step forward on March 19 when officials declared there would be no significant environmental impact from the project, Kinderhook Village Clerk Nicole Heeder reported. As a result of the negative declaration, the project moves on to a second environmental impact review and a review of the design by the New York State Department of Transportation.
“The intent is to get the design approval by June 1,” said James Dunham, who is overseeing the project. Dunham, a former Kinderhook mayor and trustee, said the design approval from the Department of Transportation would allow the municipalities to begin making the right-of-way land purchases needed to clear the way for the sidewalks. The second environmental review–a National Environmental Policy Act review–is not expected to interrupt the process.