Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
The Governor’s most recent Executive Covid-19 order prohibits all public gatherings of more than 10 people. I am deeply disappointed that as a result of that order the Town has reluctantly cancelled our traditional Christmas Parade which culminated in our tree lighting ceremony along with a visit from Santa. I know that we will all miss this wonderful long standing Waterford tradition. However, the Town of Waterford has started the decorating of Soldiers and Sailors Park, and while we cannot gather together at the park, please join us on Saturday, November 28th at 7:00 PM when will live stream the tree lightning ceremony on the Town Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/waterfordnewyork/. Also, members of the community have expressed interest in decorating a community Christmas tree with ornaments. This is a fun way to share Christmas with our friends and neighbors and the Town is providing a tree at the park for ornament decorations by the community.
Please remember that the tree lighting ceremony is a “virtual only’ event. When decorating the community Christmas tree please keep in mind that outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited by Executive Order of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Holiday season.
Town of Waterford Holiday Schedule for County Waste Garbage Pickup
There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 26th.
There will be a one day delay in pickup:
Regular Thursday pick-up will be completed on Friday November 27th.
Regular Friday pick-up will be completed on Saturday November 28th.
There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on Christmas, Friday December 25th
Regular Friday pick-up will be completed on Saturday December 26th.
New Year’s Day
There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on New Year’s Day, Friday January 1st.
Regular Friday pick-up will be completed on Saturday January 2nd .
Due to Covid-19 we will not be able to have our annual Christmas Parade. We are planning a special virtual event for Saturday November 28th in its place. There will be more information as we firm up our plans.
Verizon’s Request for the Town of Waterford to Enter into a Master License Agreement (MLA’s) to Allow Small Cells for 5G Enhanced Wireless Services
Verizon Wireless has approached the Town to enter into a Master License Agreement (MLA) to allow small cells for enhanced wireless service. Municipalities are expected to benefit from small cell technology within the next few years as companies like Verizon begin the process of laying the groundwork for an infrastructure that will support small cells for wireless communication. What is a small cell? It is a mini cell site with a radio, antenna, power and a fiber connection that augments Verizon’s network in a given area. Small cells are short range cell sites used to compliment larger macro cells (or cell towers). The antennas and radios are typically placed on existing vertical structures, including utility poles and street lights and often go unnoticed. Small cell antennas, which can be as small as a backpack, are big on capabilities such as improved 4G and 5G wireless capacity, coverage, voice quality, reliability, and data speeds to meet the growing needs of data consumption.
Verizon has been deploying small cells in their network across Upstate New York to increase capacity and improve service. Although small cells are complementary to the network, in the future, 4G and 5G networks will depend less on large cell towers, and more on a number of small cells and sensors sending and receiving data.
To facilitate the expansion of small cell technology, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has implemented a number of mandates that municipalities are bound by. The regulations provide criteria for approval/disapproval of the small cell towers, time limits for approving permits, and limits on what are reasonable fees to charge for permits and annual pole attachment licenses.
Aesthetics will be an important factor in locating the small cell poles. The Town is allowed to develop an Aesthetics Design Standard to minimize the visual impacts when siting the poles. Small cells have a range from a few hundred feet up to 1000 feet depending upon topography, capacity needs, etc., which means that many small cell towers could be necessary in certain locations.
To jumpstart the creation of the necessary infrastructure, Verizon has reached out to a number of municipalities in the area, including Waterford. The purpose of the outreach is to partner with the municipalities to bring enhanced wireless services to the area. Verizon currently has MLA’s in place with major utility companies to attach its equipment to the utility companies’ poles and the next step is to enter into MLA’s with the municipalities. The MLA would allow Verizon to work in the public right-of-way (ROW), set up a streamlined process for applications and establish fees to be paid to the municipality on an annual basis per pole attachment.
Going forward now with a MLA will mean that the Town will be more likely to receive small cell technology sooner than later. It is coming and those municipalities that defer action will lose out to a much later date on having enhanced service for its residents and businesses. It is to the municipality’s benefit to collaborate with wireless providers in setting up the ground rules for which small cell poles can be reviewed, approved and installed where appropriate. As a result, the Town has created a task force to work with Verizon in developing a MLA that will benefit both parties.
Town of Waterford Police are recognized by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice
Town Supervisor Jack Lawler announced that on September 3, 2020 the Town of Waterford Police
Department received the prestigious New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services
(DCJS) “Accredited” standard during a remote ceremony conducted in Albany. The accreditation
process recognizes professionalism in law enforcement by establishing progressive and
contemporary standards of performance and practice.
The Waterford Police Department earned its first designation in 2010 and again in 2015. This current
designation remains in effect through 2025. Continued accreditation is based on annual review and
onsite inspection which measures adherence to established practices and successful implementation
of new guidelines as issued by the DCJS during the five-year term.
The Town of Waterford’s Police Department stands along with 183 other agencies out of 600 state
wide to earn accreditation.
Congratulations to the officers and staff.
2020 Tugboat Roundup Cancelation
In consideration of directives from the Governor, we regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Tugboat Roundup. COVID-19 has hampered our ability to produce a festival that celebrates and features working tugs. COVID-19 has also affected the maritime industry. Crews are working longer assignments to reduce turnover and the construction shut down earlier in the year, means that more work must be done in the later months of the year. The generous maritime companies who pause their work for one weekend each year to bring their tugs and barges to Waterford for the public to explore and enjoy, cannot, this year, risk exposing their crews or take time away from a condensed working season.
Unfortunately, the fireworks display and Tugboat Parade are also canceled.
We very much look forward to celebrating with all of you at the 2021 Tugboat Roundup.
Protect yourself from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and stop the spread of germs.
Simple steps help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The following links provide additional information regarding the coronavirus disease:
The Town of Waterford's 2016 Comprehensive Plan is available for review. Please note the adobe pdf file is large and takes time to download. Click on the following link to access:
A new link has been added to the Town of Waterford's website that allows access to the Town's Online Tax Search System. If you would like to find your Town Tax Bill online, please go to http://egov.basgov.com/Waterford/
Special Needs Registry
A Special Needs Registry is being established for the residents of the Village and Town of Waterford. The purpose of the Special Needs Registry is to make Emergency Service personnel aware of residents with special needs in the event of an emergency. Residents with Special Needs are asked to download a
Employment Opportunities Available:
Following is a list of Employment Opportunities in the Town of Waterford
Local Laws, Propositions, Public Meetings, Public Notices and Hearings:
Public allowed to attend Town Board Meetings in Person
The Public is now invited to attend Town Board and Agenda Meetings in person. Those individuals that are uncomfortable in attending the meetings in person can continuing monitoring the meetings via teleconference by calling 1-518-694-5646 and then entering the identification code 310506 when prompted to do so. As per our usual practice, the public will be invited to offer comments and questions at the end of the meeting.
All meetings conducted via teleconferencing will be recorded in their entirety, and the audio recording will be posted on the Town website for future public access. If you have questions regarding this process please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-235-8282.