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 Board Meeting December 6, 2022 7:00PM
The Waterford Town Board will hold their monthly Board meeting on December 6, 2022 at 7:00PM at Waterford Town Hall 65 Broad Street Waterford, NY and via Zoom. View the Agenda
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: 845 3523 6878 and Passcode: 161481
Community Tree Decorating
The Town Community Trees have once again been placed in Soldiers and Sailors Park and are ready for decorating. The two trees sit on either side of the lighted archway at Soldiers and Sailors Park. We encourage all residents to place an ornament on one of the trees, this ornament can be in memory of someone or a special ornament you wish to share with the community. As a reminder, when placing your ornaments on the trees be sure to secure them tightly as they will be subject to wind, rain and snow.
We would like thank everyone who participated in the Christmas Parade, it was one our largest crowds. And a special thank you to the Waterford Police Department for helping to keep the participants and spectators safe.
Town of Waterford Fall Leaf Pickup- Click here for schedule and information
*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.
Free Covid-Test Kit Pickup Waterford residents can pick up a free Covid test kit at the Waterford Town Clerk’s Office, 65 Broad Street, Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm.
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.
152 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
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
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.
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.
The Town of Waterford is receiving its water from Troy throughout the duration of the Hudson River Dredging project. Drinking water is safe.