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)

Village Board Zoom Meeting Registration

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