November Holiday Trash Collection

ATTENTION VILLAGE OF SCOTIA RESIDENTS
TRASH & YARD WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE FOR
NOVEMBER 2020 HOLIDAYS:

 

 Election Day Holiday:

Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd collection will be on Wednesday, November 4th.

Wednesday and Thursday collection will be on the normal days.

Veteran’s Day Holiday:

Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11th collection will be on Thursday, November 12th.

Tuesday and Thursday collection will be on the normal days.

Thanksgiving Day Holiday:

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th collection will be on Wednesday, November 25th.

Tuesday and Wednesday collection will be on the normal days.

 

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.

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

 

Cruisin’ On the Avenue Canceled

The Cruisin On the Avenue Car Show originally scheduled for June 21, 2020 has been canceled due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of Village Residents is one of our top priorities and the popularity of the event would make it impossible to practice safe social distancing.

We hope to be back in 2021 bigger and better than ever!

Village Wide Garage Sale Canceled

The 2020 Village-wide Garage Sale has been canceled due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of Village Residents is one of our top priorities and the popularity of the Village-wide Garage Sale would make it impossible to practice safe social distancing.

It is important to remember that the Village-wide Garage Sale is also a fundraiser for Scotia Relief. Please consider donating to Scotia Relief if you are able as their fundraising efforts, like many charities, have been impacted in these difficult times.

More information about Scotia Relief can be found at

https://villageofscotia.org/about-scotia/scotia-relief/

The Village-wide Garage Sale will be back in 2021 so hold onto those treasures and let’s make it the best one yet!

Water/Sewer Bills Due

REMINDER TO VILLAGE RESIDENTS

Unpaid water/sewer balances will be levied to the 2020 Village taxes on May 1, 2020.  During these unprecedented times, we urge residents to utilize our online portal to view the status of your account and make any necessary payments.  Please visit our portal here:

  Water/Sewer Payment Portal

and follow the instructions to access your account.  If you have do not know your account number, please contact the Village Clerk’s Office at 518-374-1071.

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:

(Click here for registration)