Pinball machine not worth much


By Jim Poole

An old pinball machine isn’t as valuable as Cobleskill Village trustees might have hoped.
At last Tuesday’s meeting, trustees formally declared the machine as junk and donated it to Games A Plunder.
Trustees almost took that action at their June meeting but decided to find out whether the 1976-77 Bally machine was worth anything.
It isn’t.
“It really is junk,” Trustee and Deputy Mayor Howard Burt said.
Aaron Cooper of Buildings and Grounds found the machine in storage at the Youth Center.
“It wasn’t in a climate-controlled” place, Mayor Terk said, adding that further investigation discovered that the pinball machine wasn’t valuable.

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In other business last Tuesday, trustees:
•Approved a local law removing jail time as a penalty for violating the village zoning code. No one had ever been jailed for violating the code, officials said.
•Rejected a bid for a new generator for the village office. Mr. Cooper said he could buy one and have it installed for much less than the $40,000 bid.
•Accepted the resignation of David Winegard from the Historic District Review Commission and appointed Bob Dooley and Jayne Marquart to the commission. Mr. Dooley’s term runs through 2024, and Ms. Marquart’s, to the end of this year.
•Provisionally appointed Cynthia Miller to a full-time post of office/keyboard worker at $19 per hour, 35 hours per week to work in the codes and village offices.
•Appointed Mr. Cooper to the position of Public Works Superintendent with pay at $22.81 for a 40-hour week.
•Approved a request to erect an eight-foot peace pole to honor the late Ron Ruland in Veterans’ Memorial Centre Park.