Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this finds you all well and looking forward to the upcoming season.
Town Board Meeting - June 6, 2023 7:00PM
The Town Board of the Town of Waterford will hold the regular Board Meeting on Tuesday June 6, 2023 at 7:00PM at Waterford Town Hall, 65 Broad St. Waterford, NY. The meeting will also be available via Zoom. 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. View meeting Agenda
Town of Waterford Announces Memorial Day Parade and Honorary Grand Marshall- Wednesday May 24th 7:00PM
Waterford, NY – The Town of Waterford is proud to continue our Memorial Day Parade tradition. The Parade steps off at 7:00pm on Wednesday May 24th, and will take place along the traditional route from Grace Street in the Northside neighborhood, along Saratoga Avenue to Broad Street and finishing with a Memorial ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Park. The parade will feature local Veterans and members of VFW Memorial Post 5800, American Legion Post 235, local civic groups and youth organizations, marching bands, as well as members and equipment from the Waterford, Northside, and Halfmoon-Waterford Fire Departments, and Waterford Rescue Squad.
The public is encouraged to show their support of our Veterans and celebrate along the route, as well as join our Veterans and local elected officials as we reflect and remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in service to this great nation at the ceremony immediately following the parade.
Honorary Grand Marshall The Town is pleased to announce a local Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Theodore “Ted” Cervine as Grand Marshall of this year’s parade.
Theodore Cervine served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He entered Active Duty on February 2, 1970. After enlisting, Ted was assigned to Paris Island and then completed his Infantry training at Camp Lejeune, NC. Soon he was sent to Camp Pendleton, CA as a replacement while awaiting assignment. He was then shipped to Vietnam and assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 1st Marines 1st Marine Division serving as an Ammo man to a M-60 machine gun team. While in Vietnam, Ted participated in several combat operations; Upshur Stream, Hoang Dieu 10, Scott Orchard, and Hoang Dieu 104, all in Quang Nam Province Republic of Vietnam. After his tour in Vietnam was complete, Ted returned the Unites States and was assigned to Bravo Company 1st Battalion 8th Marines 2nd Marine Division as a Machine Gun Squad Leader where he completed his active duty service.
For his service Ted was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal,2nd Marine Division Tarawa Award, and Certificate of Commendation from the Commanding General of the 2nd Division. Ted was honorably discharged on January, 4, 1972 at the rank of Corporal. He was discharged from the USMC Reserves in 1976.
Ted later went on to work and retired from a career at GE Silicones in Waterford. Ted resides in Waterford with his wife, Beverly.
Due to an error in communication by County Waste/Waste Connections, new garbage and recycling containers are being distributed to town residents this week in advance of your usually scheduled garbage/recycling collection day.
Please leave your old garbage and recycling containers empty curbside after your normal collection this week (5/1-5/5) so that they can be collected and removed. Residents should then begin using the new containers going forward. We regret any inconvenience or confusion this change in plan may cause any town residents. Please contact County Waste at 518-877-7007 for additional details or questions.
Attention Waterford Town Residents
County Waste, the town’s garbage and recycling contractor, is required to replace all residents’ garbage and recycling containers under the terms of our new contract.
County Waste will begin collecting the old containers and replacing them with new containers beginning Monday, May 1st. Please leave the empty garbage and recycling bins curbside following your usual collection day. The old bins will then be collected and new bins will be left curbside for all residents. Please allow a few days past your collection day for the new containers to be delivered.
Please contact Waterford Town Clerk Mary Shannon Carrigan at 518-235-8282 if you have any questions and thank you for your cooperation.
Please note this replacement schedule is for Town residents only.
Waterford Police Department to Participate in Traffic Safety Events
2023 Tentative Assessment Roll is complete
Residents can view the 2023 Tentative Assessment Roll. If you have any questions please reach out to the Assessor's Office - 518-235-9907
WATERFORD HYDRANT FLUSHING
The Water Commissioners will be flushing hydrants 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM starting April 17th through May 26th, 2023. Water at times may be discolored, but at no time will bacterial quality be affected. Laundering should be AVOIDED during flushing hours
HUDSON RIVER RD. & VILLAGE April 17th - APRIL 25TH
MIDDLETOWN RD. & SIDE STREETS APRIL 26TH - MAY 8th
FONDA ROAD & SIDE STREETS May 9TH - May 19TH
NORTHSIDE-DIAL CITY May 22th - May 26th
** PLEASE POST THIS BY YOUR WASHING MACHINE**
*Attention Residents*- Please refrain from dumping/flushing wipes and other non biodegradable materials down your toilet or through your garbage disposals.
The Wastewater Department would again like to remind residents to please refrain from dumping/flushing wipes and other non biodegradable materials down your toilet or through your garbage disposals. All of these types of materials should be going in with your household trash. They can not only cause backups in home piping and laterals but can cause blockages and clogging in pumps in pump stations which can cause system backups. Click here to view the flyer.
Available Assistance Programs For Residents
HEAP- Home Energy Assistance Program- The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can help eligible New Yorkers heat and cool their homes. If you are eligible, you may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year and could also be eligible for emergency HEAP benefits if you are in danger of running out of fuel or having your utility service shut off. Contact Saratoga County Department of Social Services to find out more information about this program.
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Phone: (518) 884-4146
Days Open: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm
Umbrella of the Capital District- 25 Years of Helping Seniors and People with Disabilities Maintain their Homes and Independence. Umbrella is a membership organization. For an annual fee, Umbrella members have access to a screened, skilled group of handy persons who provide a variety of services, including home repairs, housekeeping, lawn and gardening and shopping. Click here for more information on Umbrella of the Capital District.
Update on the Friedrichsohn Cooperage Contaminated PCB Cleanup Project
Update as of December 7, 2021
The removal of contaminated soil is complete and equipment is currently being removed. Restoration of the towpath will begin by December 17th. The coffer dams will be removed in January as well as the work trailers. In the Spring, the area will touched up with topsoil and seeds.
Project and Contact information can be found here: bit.ly/fact-sheet-cooperage.
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
Saratoga County Public Health Services
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.
Please see the link below for the 2022 Tentative Assessment Roll on the County Website.
2022 Tentative Assessment Rolls
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:
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 or telephone your Assessor.