Message from Mayor Gifford April 8, 2020

Dear Village Resident-

In these difficult times the administration and staff of the Village of Scotia are trying hard to keep as many services coming to you as possible. Your well being as well as our own is of utmost importance. Even in a pandemic we all need water to come out of the taps, waste to go down the drain, garbage to be picked up, emergency medical and fire services to keep running and police to protect us. The Village Board and I, along with the department heads, have been working hard on the budget for the last several months. All of us are reluctant to raise taxes. We have debated for many hours trying to cut items from the budget without hurting programs and services which our residents need and expect. This year along with the cost of everything going up, our pension costs from the State went up by $79,000 and health care costs are also going up. Additionally the two firefighter/paramedics we hired under a grant two years ago now cost an additional $103,000 and we need their services more than ever. So we have a choice: Cut services or increase taxes. We have done both and have a budget which we feel is fair and reasonable.

Now is the time to present this budget to the residents. The Village Budget process is directed by the State and must continue as scheduled unless the Governor of New York extends the deadline, which he has not. We have been asked to delay the process because of the pandemic but this would get us in trouble with the State. Instead we have done our best under difficult circumstances to make it work for everybody. We will be holding the meeting on-line (instructions below) with the ability (we hope) for everyone to participate. If you feel you need to come to Village Hall, we have adapted our meeting room to accommodate social distancing. (It is still not wheelchair accessible but we are working on that too.) This is not a question and answer session, just a public hearing. We reserve the right to limit the length of individual presentations so we have some hope of getting home before bedtime. If you can’t make it or miss something, the meeting will be videotaped and posted to our website on Thursday and a transcription will also be provided.

Our Village offices and facilities are closed to the public but our employees are still working. If you have any questions any of us can be reached at the posted phone numbers or e-mail addresses.

Stay well and stay home,

Tom Gifford, Mayor

 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2020  7:00 PM

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

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The Village Budget process must continue as scheduled unless the Governor of New York extends the deadline, which is not expected.

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, however we have no choice but to continue our budget process to meet the state deadline.

The April 8 Board of Trustees Meeting will be held using  the Zoom Meeting Application.

When: Apr 8, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJwodeGupj4p5P13ziBmlpwFlzdFETGJtQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A Message from Mayor Gifford

3/24/2020

The safety and security of resident’s and employees is a top priority of the Village of Scotia. As guidance and restrictions are changed and updated our goal remains the same, to maintain the high level of service provided to Village residents.

Effective until further notice the following changes have been made to Village operations:

 

Village Hall remains open and operational but is closed to walk-in customers. This includes the Village Clerk’s Office, Building Inspector and Village Court Clerk. Water/Sewer and Court payments can be left in the drop-box to the left of each outside door. For additional questions relating to these departments, please call:

Clerk’s Office: 518-374-1071

Building Inspector: 518-377-8741

Court Clerk: 518-374-2099

Mayor: 518-374-3195

 

The Village Police Department is fully operational and will remain that way, however the Police Clerk’s window is closed to walk-ins. For Police related matters please use the red phone to the right of the exterior door or contact the administrative office at 518-374-3110.

 

The Village Fire Department is fully operational and will remain that way, however the Fire Department is closed to all except those employees currently working. For Fire Department related matters please call 518-381-6115 option 1 or ring the doorbell for immediate service.

 

Collins Park is open to all who want to get outside, exercise and get fresh air. However, the Kiddie Park, Basketball Court and park bathrooms are closed until further notice. Group activities of any kind are prohibited. Park visitors should follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and others.

 

The Department of Public Works is operational and will remain that way, however the DPW Office is closed to all visitors. Garbage collection will continue its normal schedule. Yard Waste collection will begin on Tuesday, April 7th. For DPW related questions please call 518-393-2159 or visit VillageofScotia.org for yard waste and garbage collection guidelines.

Please note that the bulk item collection program currently taking place in the Town of Glenville does NOT include the Village of Scotia.

 

Please make smart decisions and keep the health and safety of all Village residents and employees in mind. The Village of Scotia is proud of the high level of service provided to its residents, but we can only provide those services if employees remain healthy.

 

Remember to check on elderly, disabled or at-risk neighbors and relatives, but please do so in a safe manner (phone calls, text messages or other forms of communication that avoid in-person contact). Schenectady County has established a Public Health Hotline: 518-386-2824 option 4, for COVID-19 related information.

 

The Town of Glenville will provide assistance to our senior population in obtaining basic necessities during this state of emergency. Necessities will include paper goods, hand soap,

cleaning supplies and basic food items. This program will be in place until March 30, 2020 and is open to any senior resident within the Town of Glenville, including the Village of Scotia. Seniors who are in need of assistance can call 518.374.0734 and leave their name and telephone number. Town staff will take down the list of items requested, make arrangements to have them obtained and our senior center drivers will drop off the items to our residents. Payment for items can be made either via check or cash.

Starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Schenectady County is implementing a food delivery service for Senior Citizens. Packages have been assembled at the Boys and Girls Club on Curry Road. Contents of the package will include rice, pasta, peanut butter, beans, beef stew, pork loin, apples and oranges.

The beauty of this new program is that delivery will be provided!  The phone number for this program is 518-387-9205 and there are six phones to accept calls. The hours of operation are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you call before 3:00 pm, every effort will be made to deliver your package that day. This service is being provided by Schenectady County in an effort to keep our Senior Citizens safe and at home as much as possible. We know that the early shopping hours implemented by some grocery stores are not always convenient or appropriate for Seniors, for example, lines often form early and the six-foot physical distancing that is recommended is not always possible.

 

Please call 518-387-9205 starting at 10:00am today, if you think you could benefit from this delivery service.

 

Future announcements will be posted on the Village website at www.VillageofScotia.org.

 

Be Safe, Be Courteous and Be Patient. We’re all in this together.

 

Thomas A. Gifford, Mayor

A Message from Police Chief Harrigan

March 16, 2020

A message from the Chief Daniel P. Harrigan Sr. to the residents of the Village of Scotia as well as visitors to our community:

While we currently do not have any confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Scotia as of yet, we need to do our part to protect the public as well as the agency personnel to help reduce the spread of this virus.

The Scotia Police Department will continue to provide all essential services to the residents with some changes in protocol. I will be continuing to monitor this fluid situation as well as meeting with our leadership team. I will provide updates to the public as soon as practicable.

Effective immediately the following will be suspended:

➢ Village Court will be CANCELLED through April 30, 2020
➢ Vehicle lockouts
➢ Child Car seat installs
➢ Fingerprinting
➢ Scheduled Trainings
➢ Ride Alongs
➢ Station Tours
➢ Non-Emergency Walk Ins to the station.

The following protocols will be modified immediately:

➢ Officers will be instructed to take written reports over the phone
➢ All written reports will be either be mailed or emailed to recipients when requested
➢ Requests for reports please email Scotiapdreportrequest@villageofscotiany.gov
or call our office at (518)374-3110 x 3201

On behalf of the Scotia Police Department we’re sincerely disappointed with having to modify our services. We appreciate your patience and understanding while our local representatives work with county and state officials in dealing with this pandemic.

Sincerely,
Daniel P. Harrigan Sr.
Chief

Water/Sewer On Line Portal Now Available

You now have the ability to view your bill, pay your bill and monitor your usage on line through our secure website.? Payments can be made by credit card or ACH for a fee of 2.55%.

Go to http://logicsolbp.com/villageofscotia/Login.aspx to set up your personal account.

If you have more than one water account you can link multiple accounts to your personal page. Water and Sewer bills go out twice a year (February and October) but it is so easy to read the meters now that we do it every 40 days.? This means that you can monitor your water usage in something closer to real time.? If you have a water leak you can catch it before it runs up a large bill.

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION SCHEDULE

Due to the Christmas Day Holiday:

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 trash collection will be on Thursday, December 26, 2019.

Tuesday and Thursday trash collection will be on the normal day.

Due to the New Year?s Day Holiday:

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 trash collection will be on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Tuesday and Thursday trash collection will be on the normal day.

SAFE THURSDAY HALLOWEEN

As the Police Chiefs of Glenville and Scotia, we are asking for your assistance in making this Halloween, a
“SAFE THURSDAY HALLOWEEN”.

Every year throughout the Town and Village, many of our children enjoy the tradition of collecting candy on Halloween evening.? Unfortunately, each year there are incidents that mar the evening for some children and residents.? While these incidents are caused proportionately by only a small number of older youths, the impact of the vandalism, litter and disruptive behavior adversely affects the quality of life in the whole neighborhood.

Keeping this in mind, we are asking that all residents celebrate Halloween between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on THURSADAY, October 31, 2019.? We would ask that children complete their “Trick or Treating” and that residents turn off their front porch lights at 8 p.m.

We would appreciate it if each parent would spend a few minutes with their children and impress upon them that Halloween is not an excuse to become involved in criminal activity.? One night of so-called “fun” can quickly get out of hand and result in personal injury or an arrest.

Only with your cooperation and support of “SAFE THURSDAY HALLOWEEN” will all of our children and residents be able to enjoy this evening.? If you witness groups congregating in the Town of Glenville or the Village of Scotia, please call (518) 630-0911 (non-emergency number).? In any EMERGENCY, dial 9-1-1.

 

Tips for a “SAFE THURSDAY HALLOWEEN”

  • Try to have your children Trick-or-Treat when it is still light outside.
  • If your child will be out during dusk or after dark, have them carry a flashlight and use reflective tape on their costumes so they can see and be seen.
  • Plan your child’s route with them ahead of time. Pick streets that have sufficient lighting.
  • Accompany your child or have an older sibling or other adult be with them.
  • Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes where you know the residents.
  • Costumes should be worn so that it is easy for the child to walk in.
  • A facemask will keep your child from seeing well. Consider the use of makeup instead. If your child must wear a mask, instruct them to remove it before crossing the street.
  • Have your child cross at corners and not in the middle of the street between parked cars.
  • If there is no sidewalk, have your child walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any of the candy they collect until they arrive home so you can check it with them.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with foam rubber, which is soft and flexible.

Distributed by the Scotia and Glenville Police Departments

In an EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1

For non-emergency complaints call:? ? ? ?(518) 630-0911

 

Chief Stephen Janik??? ??????????????????????????????????????????????? Chief Daniel Harrigan

Glenville Police Department????????????????????????????????????? Scotia Police Department

SCOTIA GETS CDTA BIKESHARE

I am pleased to announce that after two years of trying we finally have access to the CDTA/CDPHP Bike share program in Scotia.? This means that?you can have access to this fleet of quality bicycles and, for a small fee, take it anywhere in our business district or anywhere in Schenectady and lock it and leave it.? We have installed bike racks for these at our Village Green (140 Mohawk Avenue) and at the?Village Docks by Freedom?Park but the bikes can be locked anywhere within the service area.? Our Complete Streets program for making the Village more friendly for biking and walking will be boosted by the presence of these bikes.? Please check out the app and start using the bikes.

Tom Gifford, Mayor

 

Their instructions are:

 

????? ?Choose a plan and sign up for a CDPHP membership through the www.cdphpcycle.com website or using the mobile app

????? Walk up to any Cycle! bike, enter your account number and PIN number on the back of the bike to unlock it

????? Place the U-lock in the holster before you begin you ride.

????? If you need to pause your ride at any time, press the ?HOLD? button and re-lock your bike.???Sign back into your account and unlock the bike to continue your ride.

????? End your ride overall by locking your bike to any bike rack, public street sign or object within the systems boundaries.???Please do not block sidewalks, public right of ways, etc

????? Please follow bike safety at all times including wearing a helmet and following the rules of the road in regards to cars and pedestrians

????? Membership plan options and more information can be found on the Cycle! website as well as the mobile app.