Town of Waterford, NY

65 Broad St.
Waterford, NY 12188

John E. Lawler - Town Supervisor

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.

Thank you,

Jack

 The Monthly Town Board Meeting of the Waterford Town Board will be held at 7:00PM at Waterford Town Hall

The Town Board of the Town of Waterford will hold the monthly Town Board Meeting on Tuesday February 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM at Waterford Town Hall 65 Broad Street 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 using meeting ID 874 1417 2051 and passcode 459312.  Click here to view the February 1, 2022 Meeting Agenda

Click here to join the February 1, 2022 Town Board Meeting at 7:00PM


PUBLIC NOTICE

TOWN OF WATERFORD ADOPTION OF A LOCAL LAW PURSUANT TO CANNABIS LAW § 131 SUBJECT TO PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Board of the Town of Waterford, in the County of Saratoga, State of New York, on December 28, 2021 duly adopted, subject to a permissive referendum, Local Law No. 5 of 2021 entitled “A Local Law to Opt-Out of Allowing On-Site Consumption Sites as Authorized Under Cannabis Law Article 4” an abstract of which follows.

The aforesaid local law exercises the local option of the Town of Waterford pursuant to Cannabis Law §131, to opt-out of licensing and establishing cannabis on-site consumption establishments within its boundaries of the Town of Waterford.

The full local law is on file in the Office of the Town Clerk at the Town Hall, 65 Broad Street, Waterford, NY 12188, and is available for public inspection during regular business hours.

Said local law is subject to a permissive referendum and shall take effect 45 days after its adoption unless within that time a petition is filed with the Town Clerk of the Town of Waterford requesting that the resolution be submitted to the qualified electors of the Town for their approval or disapproval in accordance with Section 24(1)(a) of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York.              Mary Shannon Carrigan, Town Clerk       Dated: December 29, 2021                                                     Click here to view Local Law No. 5 of 2021 


                                                                           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. 

Read the full NYS legislation on the cannabis law here.                                                                                    


                                                                                                            Available Assistance Programs For Residents

HEAP- Home Energy Assistance Program

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes.  If you are eligible, you may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year to help you pay for heating your home. Eligibility and benefits are based on: income, household size, the primary heating source, and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled. Click here for more information on HEAP benefits and eligibility.

To apply, Saratoga County residents can contact the Saratoga County Department of Social Services-152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Phone: (518) 884-4146 or Saratoga County Office for the Aging- Phone: (518) 884-4100.

NYS Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) helps low income households pay the cost of drinking water and wastewater services. The program can assist households who have past due bills (arrears) for drinking water and/or wastewater services. For more information on the LIHWAP program and to apply click here.  You can also call the NYS LIHWASP call center at 1-833-690-0208.

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.

The PCB Monitoring Plan is available here; Monitoring PLAN  and the overall Health and Safety Plan is available here;  Health & Safety Plan.


 Important  COVID -19 Vaccination Update 

Here is the link for the NY State Covid-19 vaccination website:

https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Here is the telephone number for the NY State vaccination hotline:

NEW YORK STATE COVID-19 VACCINATION HOTLINE 

 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)

Here is the telephone number and link to Saratoga County Public Health Services:

                                                                                   Saratoga County Public Health Services                                                        

                                                                                                   518-584-7460 


 1/22/21    COVID-19 VACCINATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Click this link for details regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine


 

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