Contaminated PCB Cleanup Project
Preliminary work for the long delayed cleanup of the PCB contaminated site at the former Fredrichson Cooperage on Saratoga Avenue has begun, and the removal of PCB contaminated soils will begin this month. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct a virtual public information meeting at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 11th to discuss the overall project and the plans in place to protect the health and safety of nearby residents. All Waterford residents are encouraged to attend the meeting as this project will impact traffic and the use of the Champlain Canal Trail. The meeting will also include an opportunity for residents to ask questions or offer comments regarding the project.
Important COVID -19 Vaccination Update
The Saratoga County Department of Public Health has created an online form by which individuals may register for an opportunity to receive a Covid 19 vaccination. The registration in available to those individuals who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine per the conditions established by the Governor’s prior Executive Orders.
Qualifying individuals who complete and submit the form will be entered into a lottery system and individuals who are selected will be notified and receive further instructions from the Saratoga County Department of Public Health.
Here is the link for the County registration website:
PLEASE NOTE! SUBMITTING THIS FORM IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE SELECTED TO RECEIVE A VACCINATION. INDIVIDUALS ELGIBLE FOR VACCINATION SHOULD CONTTINUE TO ACCESS THE NY STATE WEBSITE FOR SECURING A CONFIRMED APPOINMENT.
Here is the link for the NY State Covid-19 vaccination website:
Here is the telephone number for the NY State vaccination hotline:
NEW YORK STATE COVID-19 VACCINATION HOTLINE
PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTERING WITH THE SARATOGA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE A VACCINATION. YOUR NAME WILL BE ENTERED INTO A LOTTERY SYSTEM AND INDIVIDUALS WILL BE RANDOMLY SELECTED FOR VACCINATION.
PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW THE REQUIREMENTS LOCATED ON BOTH WEBSITES TO DETERMINE IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A COVID-19 VACCINATATION PER THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS.
1/22/21 COVID-19 VACCINATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am asking for your help as the town is currently undertaking an important updating of our registry of homebound and medically impaired individuals. The registry will provide our emergency responders with advanced notice of individuals who may require special attention in the event of an emergency.
Registration is voluntary, and we want to make certain that all homebound and physically impaired individuals with special needs and want to self-identify are included in the registry. Please contact your family and friends and make them aware of this town wide effort.
Here is the link to the Waterford special needs registration form: Registration Form You can fill in and submit the form online.
Also, and very importantly, the registry will be shared with the Saratoga County Department of Public Health to identify individuals who are physically unable to travel to COVID-19 vaccination sites. These individuals should be considered for vaccination in their homes and included in any home delivery vaccination plan Saratoga County may implement.
I will be contacting our business owners, and community organizations to ask for their support in raising awareness of this effort. I am confident that as a community we can make certain that our most vulnerable and at-risk residents are made aware of this important information. Please contact Paul McInerney, Assistant to Public Safety Commissioner, at 518-590-0932 if you have any questions or want additional information.
Also, please continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing as recommended by CDC so our community remains as safe and healthy as possible.
Waterford Town Supervisor
Momentive Assessment Lawsuit Settled
After lengthy negotiations and extensive legal action which included our retaining the services of a nationally recognized commercial appraisal firm, the Town of Waterford and the Waterford-Halfmoon School District have agreed to settle the assessment lawsuit.
In their lawsuit, Momentive had demanded that the property’s taxable assessed value be reduced from $195 million to $54 million. They also demanded a total refund in excess $12 million from the School District, Town of Waterford and Saratoga County for overpayment of taxes from 2016 – 2019.
The settlement establishes a taxable assessed value of $95 million and a total refund of $5 million to Momentive. The refund will consist of an approximate $3.5 million from the School District, approximately $1 million from the Town, and $500,000 from Saratoga County. The settlement prohibits any further assessment challenges by Momentive for a period of 5 years.
The $1 million Town refund and the ensuing loss of future tax revenues as a result of the reduction in the assessment is expected to negatively impact the Town’s 2021 operating budget. The Town Board will make every effort to offset this by reducing operating expenses and utilizing surplus funds to minimize the impact on Town taxpayers.
The final settlement reduced the potential tax refund liability by more than 50% and prevents Momentive from bringing future assessment challenges for five years. Given the potential for a much larger refund and an even greater reduction in the taxable assessed value, we are confident this settlement is in the best interest of our tax payers.
The Town of Waterford is situated in the southeastern corner of Saratoga County, 12 miles north of Albany at the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, and the junction of the Erie and Champlain Canals. It is the home of the “Waterford Flight”, the highest set of lift locks in the world.
The 2020 Final Town Tax Assessment Roll has been completed and is available for inspection in the Town Clerk's Office during regular hours. The information is also available on the County's website; https://www.saratogacountyny.
Scroll down and click on the Town of Waterford link and you will have access to the entire Final Roll.
To find a particular property, owner, or address, use the “Find” box. Many residents feel it is important to know the assessments on their properties. If you need help reading the Roll or understanding its abbreviations, the Assessor is usually available to help (call for an appointment: 235-9907).
Using either of these methods can help you decide if your assessment is fair or needs review. If review is your choice, go to www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/publications/orpts/grievancebooklet.pdf or telephone your Assessor.
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