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.
Town of Waterford Holiday Schedule for County Waste Garbage Pickup
There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 25th.
There will be a one-day delay in pickup: Regular Thursday pick-up will be completed on Friday November 26th. Regular Friday pick-up will be completed on Saturday November 27th.
Waterford Christmas Parade Saturday November 27th at 6:00PM
The Parade will kickoff from the corner of Broad Street and 7th Street and proceed to Soldiers and Sailors Park where a tree lighting ceremony will be held. There will be two community trees in Soldiers and Sailors Park this season for members of our community to decorate, feel free to bring an ornament to the tree lighting. The Waterford Wesleyan Church will also be there providing hot chocolate.
The Monthly Agenda Meeting of the Waterford Town Board November 30, 2021 at 7:00PM
The Town Board of the Town of Waterford will hold the regular Monthly Agenda Meeting on Tuesday November 30, 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. 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 896 4565 8585 and passcode 999515.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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.
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