Town of Waterford Bike Sale Saturday October 16, 2021
Over the years the Waterford Police Department has accumulated numerous bikes. There will be a bike sale on October 16, 2021 from 12:00-2:00pm at the Highway Garage located at 35 South Street. If you have any questions, please call the Highway Garage at (518) 235-3413.
Waterford Annual Trash Drop Off 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Day October 23, 2021
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.
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
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 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.