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 for 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.
Waterford Town Board Informational Meeting on NYS Cannabis Law December 7, 2021 6:00PM
The Town Board of the Town of Waterford will hold an informational meeting on December 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM at Waterford Town Hall, 65 Broad Street Waterford, NY and via Zoom to hear public comment and feedback on the state’s new cannabis law. The state’s cannabis law gives municipalities the opportunity to opt out of allowing dispensaries and/or consumption sites within their limits. Read the full NYS legislation on the cannabis law here. The link to the meeting will be posted on the Town of Waterford website and Town Facebook page. 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 843 9211 0303 and passcode 886094. Click here to join the meeting at 6:00PM on December 7, 2021
The Monthly Town Board Meeting of the Waterford Town Board will be held on December 7, 2021 at 7:00PM at Waterford Town Hall
The Town Board of the Town of Waterford will hold the monthly Town Board Meeting on Tuesday December 7, 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 835 7646 7573 and passcode 912863. View the Meeting Agenda here.
WATERFORD SENIORS CAPITAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS BUS TRIP
Monday, December 13, 2021* - 5:30 PM
COST: $10.00 per person This trip is open to Waterford Seniors 55 and older. Sign-up sheet is available at the center or call 518-235-8500 by December 6th. Click here for full trip details
The Rockefeller Institute of Government is Introducing the Marijuana Opt-Out Tracker
View which municipalities in New York State have made the decision to opt out of adult-use marijuana dispensaries and/or on-site consumption lounges in their jurisdiction.
Town of Waterford 2021 Christmas Decorating Contest
We are excited for this fun yearly tradition that allows our community to celebrate together by decorating in the spirit of the holiday.
The Town of Waterford Christmas Decorating Contest winners will receive cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish.
ALL homes will be judged on four categories: Originality, Overall Appearance, Creativeness, Lights and Decorations Participation is open to all residents in the Town and Village of Waterford.
Entries will be accepted beginning November 28th Participants should email a color photo of their decorated home along with their address and contact information to email@example.com. Judging will take place on December 15th, 16th and 17th. Winners will be contacted on December 20th. Click here to view the contest rules.
* Town of Waterford 2021 Fall Leaf Pickup Updated November 30th *
Leaf Vacuum Notice
Please be advised the Highway Department is making a final pass for leaf pick up. Once the leaf vacuum has cleared your area please place any leftover leaves in bags for daily pick up.
Schedule will be as follows:
Tuesday November 30th - Wednesday December 1st Northside- This area includes every street from Maple Ave. south to Clifton St.
Thursday December 2nd – Friday December 3rd Robin Ln Neighborhood
Regular weekly pick up of bagged yard waste is ongoing. 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.
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.
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