Police Reform Survey

Our Police Reform Committee has been meeting for a number of weeks in a concerted effort to make Scotia a better place and to comply with the Governor’s order.  An important part of this effort is to gather public opinion.  To that end we have put together a short survey.  Your answers will help the Committee direct their work.

The survey is at:  https://ybx3fx65hjw.typeform.com/to/DvbwOVQc

Please take a few minutes to assist us by completing the survey.  If you would prefer to have the survey in paper form, please let me know and I will get a copy to you.

Thanks for your help,

Tom Gifford

Mayor of Scotia

Email:  tgifford@villageofscotiany.gov

Office (518) 374-3195

Fax: (518) 374-0542

Cell: (518) 867-9458

Drive-Thru Food Pantry

FREE FRESH PRODUCE, MEAT, & DAIRY

DRIVE-THRU FOOD PANTRY
CONTACTLESS PICK UP – NO ID NEEDED

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Distribution Begins @ 6PM
(While Supplies Last!)

Collins Park | Kiwanis Way in Scotia
(off Schonowee Ave, backside of Collins Park)

Hosted by

Beukendaal Lodge # 915 F&AM

The Schenectady Foundation

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

 

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.

Village Offices Open and Operational – Closed to Walk-ins

The safety and security of residents 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. The below changes will be in effect till at least the first Village Board Work Session of March, Tuesday March 2, 2021. We will then evaluate with State and County oversight of the Pandemic response. There will be accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Please use the contact information below.

 

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 bills will be payable during the month of February.  Water/Sewer and Court payments can be left in the drop-box to the left of each outside door or mailed to Village of Scotia 4 N. Ten Broeck Street, Scotia, New York 12302. Water and Sewer Cash payments can be made at First National Bank of Scotia but only at the drive-up window at the Mohawk Avenue branch.  Also, for your convenience, there is an online portal for payment. All information regarding can be found at www.VillageofScotia.org 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. For Emergencies call 911 or use the red phone outside of Police Station.

 

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. For Emergencies call 911 or use red phone outside of Police Station.

 

Collins Park is open to all who want to get outside, exercise and get fresh air. Park visitors should follow social distancing guidelines by the use of face coverings and maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and others who are not part of your group.

 

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. For DPW related questions please call 518-393-2159 or visit www.VillageofScotia.org for yard waste and garbage collection guidelines.

 

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: 888-364-3065 24 hours. Schenectady County Public Health 518-386-2824 option 4, for COVID-19 related information. Current Count information can be accessed here as well. https://www.schenectadycounty.com/public-health

 

Snow Emergency

Dear Scotia Resident:

 

We have made it through half of December without much snow but we expect some tonight together with high winds. Therefore, the Village of Scotia has declared a snow emergency. As a result, a parking ban will be in effect on all streets and in the municipal lot from 12:01 a.m. Thursday (December 17th) until 6 a.m. on Friday (December 18th). Violators may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

 

As a reminder:

  • As part of your civic responsibility, each resident is responsible for the sidewalks on their own lot. This includes both sides on a corner lot and the access to the street at the intersection.
  • Snow must never be shoveled or blown into the street.
  • Remember to help and look out for elderly neighbors.
  • Waste and Recycling pickups will be on the regular schedule. Be sure to keep your cans and containers out of the street so they are not hit by snowplows.

 

Scotia is all about working together to make life better for all of us. Thanks for doing your part.

 

 

Tom Gifford

Mayor of Scotia

Office (518) 374-3195

Fax: (518) 374-0542

Cell: (518) 867-9458

Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update – Public Survey

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Please complete the Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Survey in order to share information about local natural hazard events, vulnerabilities and impacts; emergency management related activities in Schenectady County; and provide feedback about how the County and it’s municipalities can become more resilient to the effects of natural disasters that will be incorporated into the plan.

The 2021 Schenectady County Hazard Mitigation Plan update is currently underway and is inclusive of the County and all eight municipalities. The Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) identifies and evaluates risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural hazards and resulting disasters. The HMP leads to the development of long-term strategies (policies and actions) for risk reduction and ensures eligibility for federal mitigation funding, a key asset in the implementation of mitigation actions that reduce risk and impacts of hazards.

You can access the Public Survey at this link: https://forms.gle/hpUE9xR7r7yi5u51A

You can access the Stakeholder Organization Survey at this link: https://forms.gle/PXAB8QT7Qkv8xm7t6

Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

Curbside Loose Leaf Pick Up

Annual Curbside Loose Leaf Pick Up:

The Village of Scotia Department of Public Works will begin their annual loose leaf pick up program on or about Monday, October 26, 2020. Pick up will continue weather permitting, until Friday, December 4, 2020.  Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the curb for vacuum pick up.  Please do not mix brush, dirt or other yard debris in with your loose leaves.  Piles of mixed debris will not be picked up.

Yard Waste Collection (separate from loose leaf pick up):  Regular yard waste collection will continue, weather permitting, until Thursday, December 3, 2020.  Yard waste will be picked up on your regular trash collection day.  Normal rules and regulations still apply.

For more information please refer to the Village of Scotia website at www.villageofscotia.org or call the Department of Public Works at (518) 393-2159.

 

Memorial Day Parade Video

Click the link below to watch the Village of Scotia Memorial Day Parade through the years, with pictures taken by Bill Pytlovany from 2004 to 2014 and put together by Chief Harrigan to give you a feel for the spectacle

Enjoy the show!

Memorial Day Parade

 

 

 

Village Facilities Update

Open letter to the Village of Scotia

May 10, 2020

As everyone knows by now, The Village of Scotia desperately needs to upgrade Village Facilities.  The last time we spent any money in major improvements was 1928.  For the last two years we have been working actively, first with a group of citizen experts and then with two professional teams to get a plan and a location.  We now feel that we have a path forward that will fill the community’s needs for many years to come.  The plan is to build a new fire station where the Collins barns once stood next to the library and renovate the current building to house police, clerk and court.   The current design for the firehouse is still in development, but the idea is to have it in the section bordered by Collins Street, Mohawk Avenue and the current parking lot for the library.  The trucks will exit onto Collins Street and proceed to Mohawk Avenue.  This will shield the park and the library from the day to day activity of the fire department.  This will also allow us to keep the line of trees along Mohawk Avenue, have a sizable location for the Veteran’s memorial between the station and Mohawk Avenue and still keep the new building from encroaching on the current library parking lot.  Everyone involved is sensitive to the diminution of park land, but this is an underused corner of the park and we will replace it with a parcel of considerably more value and utility.  The availability of property big enough for our purposes and easily accessible to the arteries of the Village leaves us with no other acceptable alternative.

The other wrinkle is that we have an application in to the State Legislature for permission to use an area of parkland for other than park purposes.  It looks likely that the legislature will not convene this year and, if they do, our request will not be on the top of their list.

So, what to do next?  We had a bond referendum vote scheduled for April 7 which fell victim to the Corona Virus.  Time is very critical on this project and every month of delay could cost us a lot more money.  In talking to people, we feel that an overwhelming majority of residents understand and agree that the Village needs to improve facilities for the health and welfare of Village employees and Village residents.  We feel that we have examined every possibility and scenario and have arrived at the best solution.  Since we are now beyond the time for possibly getting a building started this year we have decided to schedule a referendum for August 11 and hope that the continuing virus threat will let us do it. If for any reason we are unable to have a vote August 11 we will consider a bond resolution by the Board of Trustees at our August 12 regular meeting so that the project does not get any further behind.

The parkland question is a little different. We firmly believe that this project is a public benefit and that the final result will be a net improvement to the Village’s parkland. We also believe that the NYS Parks and the State Legislature will agree with us. Since it is operationally and monetarily disadvantageous for us to wait for the year that this process might take, we have decided to go ahead and get permission after the process is started.

So, why do it this year instead of next year?  First and foremost, we really, really need it now.  We have had to move one fire engine out of the fire house because the floor is deteriorating.  This does help with the danger of an overcrowded fire station but does nothing for response time to have to drive to Public Works to get the engine.  Costs increase every year so doing it now is cheaper than later.   Another major advantage of doing this now is that we expect bond rates and construction rates to be low this fall.  Also the Village can help to stimulate the economy by providing construction jobs in these difficult times.  The tax implications of this project will not be felt for another year or two so we should all be better able to afford the additional burden which is the natural result of 100 years of deferred investment.

We ask for your support and understanding in this endeavor.

Tom Gifford

Mayor of Scotia

 

Office (518) 374-3195