Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this message finds you all well and looking forward to the upcoming holiday season.
The Town Board is working to finalize and adopt the town budget for 2022 and I am pleased to advise you that town property taxes will be reduced by 2 ½ percent. The financial impact from the Covid-19 epidemic has not been as severe as anticipated because the Town Board took quick action in early 2020 and throughout 2021 to minimize those impacts. Along with cutting taxes, the 2022 budget also includes continued investments in road paving, roof repairs for several town buildings, repairs at the Hurst Harbor Center, new park playground equipment, and additional improvements to the town swimming pool.
The Saratoga County Department of Public Health will be sponsoring a Pfizer booster vaccination clinic for persons aged 65 and older on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the Waterford Senior/Community Center located at 125 Second Street (directly behind the Waterford Library). An appointment for the booster shot is required and residents can register for an appointment at saratogacountyny.gov or by calling 518-693-1075.
The town will also benefit from receiving a $925,000 payment from Momentive Performance Materials as a result of a settlement for past violations and non-compliance with NYSDEC environmental rules and regulations. While these funds will benefit Waterford’s taxpayers in the long run, DEC requires that the town use the funds only specific projects that have been pre-approved by DEC. It is also my expectation that there will be a renewed commitment from Momentive to operate their facility in compliance with all environmental rules and regulations to protect the health and safety of our residents.
The annual Town Christmas parade will return this year on Saturday, November 27th at 6 pm. The parade will march from the Canal Bridge at 9th street to Soldiers and Sailors Park where Santa will officially light the fabulous Christmas decorations in the Town and Village parks. This is a great event for the young and the young at heart and I hope to see you all there.
Please have a safe and fun Halloween.
Monthly Town Board Meeting and Public Hearing November 3, 2021
Notice of Public Hearing on the Proposed 2022 Budget November 3, 2021 6:30PM
There will be a Public Hearing of the Waterford Town Board to be held on Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 6:30PM at Waterford Town Hall, 65 Broad Street, Waterford NY, by Zoom and teleconference for the purpose of hearing any and all comments on the proposed 2022 budget of the Town of Waterford. Any and all persons wishing to be heard may do so in person, by calling in at (929)205-6099 entering the Zoom meeting ID 852 6939 5282 and passcode 082929, by other representation or by mail to the Waterford Town Clerk, 65 Broad Street, Waterford, NY 12188. By Order of the Waterford Town Board, 65 Broad Street, Waterford, NY 12188 Click here to view the 2022 Preliminary Budget of the Town of Waterford
The Monthly Town Board Meeting will begin at the conclusion of the Public Hearing
The Town Board of the Town of Waterford will hold the monthly Town Board Meeting on Wednesday November 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM at Waterford Town Hall 65 Broad Street Waterford NY. The meeting will also be available via Zoom and by teleconference. If participants prefer not to use the Zoom software to monitor the meeting, they can call in using this phone number for audio only (929) 205-6099 using meeting ID 852 6939 5282 and passcode 082929. The Board Meeting will begin after the Public Hearing.
Drive Thru Food Drive Donation Event Hosted by the Town of Waterford
November 13th 10am to 12pm
Waterford Community/Senior Center 125 2nd Street
The Food Drive will benefit Waterford's three food pantries.
Click here to see the event flyer and a full list of suggested donations.
Town of Waterford 2021 Fall Leaf Pickup
Loose leaf collection (leaf vacuum) begins October 26thand will end November 30th. We will make every effort to complete the entire town by November 30th. After November 30th the leaf vacuum will be out of service until next fall. However, the Town Highway Department will continue to pick up leaf bags and yard waste Monday thru Friday.
Regular weekly pick up of bagged yard waste is ongoing while the loose leaves are being collected, and is a much quicker process. Leaves and grass clippings placed in yard waste bags along with tree branches (no longer than 4 feet tied in bundles) piled neatly at curbside will continue to be picked up every Monday & Friday. Consider this an alternative for faster leaf pick up.
Important Information For Residents Of Northside
National Grid is undertaking an endeavor to enhance their gas service(s) to the residents of Northside. The areas that will be affected are identified within a letter that was recently sent to each homeowner within the affected area and shown below. Because of the size and scope of this undertaking, the Town has had regular meetings and communications with National Grid to ensure that the work be completed timely, with a moderate disruption to the neighborhood and with a full restoration of the disturbed areas to the Town standards. The work that needs to be done has been identified and categorized into three phases. Phase One will be within the west sidewalk area of Saratoga Avenue from Stewarts to Clifton Street. Phase Two, which has begun, is from Saratoga Avenue, along Clifton Street and under the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks. Phase Three will be installing a new main and house services within and along the following streets: River Street, Clifton Street, Grove Street, First Avenue from Clifton to Grace, and Grace Street from First Avenue to VanDerwerken Avenue. At this time National Grid intends to begin work in the near future on Phases One and Three. When those start dates become definite, we will update accordingly. Click here to view the letter sent to homeowners in Northside.
Champlain Canalway Trail Rehabilitation Project
Work has begun on the rehabilitation of a 1.2 mile section of the Champlain Canalway Trail in Waterford. During construction, this section of the trail will be closed to the public. The Champlain Canalway Trail extends from Waterford to Whitehall and is 62 miles in length. Portions of it is co-located on the Empire State Trail.
The project limits will extend from Broad Street (NY 32) to a point approximately 1.2 miles north where a new section of the trail was completed in 2019. The scope of the project will include resurfacing (stone dust and asphalt), trail widening, clearing & tree removal, drainage improvements and new wooden fencing.
Funding for the project ($227,600) is provided by the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The contractor is WMJ Keller of Castleton-on-Hudson, NY. The project designer is CHA Consulting, Inc. and Saratoga County Planning Department is the project manager. The proposed completion date is October 28th.
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
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
1/22/21 COVID-19 VACCINATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 2021 Final Town Tax Assessment Roll has been completed and is available for inspection in the Town Assessor's Office during regular hours. The information is also available on the County's website; https://www.saratogacountyny.gov/2021-final-roll
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.
Make Waterford part of your vacation this year!
Waterford Harbor Visitor Center
One Tugboat Alley
Waterford, New York 12188
Moor along the shores of historic Waterford - 1,000 feet of Linear floating docks and 600 feet of concrete wall available.