Flushing of Fire Hydrants

ATTENTION:
VILLAGE OF SCOTIA RESIDENTS
ANNUAL FLUSHING OF FIRE HYDRANTS

 

The Village of Scotia will be flushing and flow testing fire hydrants Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. starting on Monday, May 6, 2024. The hydrant flushing and flow testing process should take two weeks with a tentative completion date of Friday, May 17, 2024.

Discolored water may occur during this period, so laundering should be avoided during the flushing hours.

 

Ryan Kedzior
Superintendent of Public Works
Village of Scotia, NY

Office: 518-393-2159

Envision Scotia Plan – Community Input Sought

March 20, 2024
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE
Contact: Norabelle Greenberger, Labella Associates, 518-824-1933, ngreenberger@labellapc.com

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON DRAFT ENVISION SCOTIA PLAN

SCOTIA, NY – After a year of research, meetings, and public engagement, the draft Envision Scotia plan is available to review on the plan website: http://www.envisionscotia.com.

Envision Scotia is a comprehensive planning effort aimed at attracting investment and revitalizing the Village of Scotia. The plan gathers and presents the extensive research and analysis performed to identify community existing conditions and market trends, community input and feedback received through meetings and the public engagement survey, and all advisory committee input received through the planning process. The plan concludes with several goals, strategies, and implementation steps for spurring growth and development in the Village.

The plan is being funded through a $200,000 New York State Department of State’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program grant. Since the program began in 2005, the program has distributed $45 million across the State for planning and pre-development activities. While historically focused on brownfield sites, the program has evolved over time to take a more general look at opportunities for investment and revitalization of underutilized, abandoned, or vacant sites.

Community members can help turn the plan into action by reviewing the plan and providing input on the goals and strategies to help refine the vision for Scotia. Community members can also provide feedback during an open house on Monday, April 15th, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 4 No Ten Broeck St. The deadline for providing comments on the plan is Friday, April 19th.

“The Envision Scotia Advisory Committee and I are excited to share the draft Envision Scotia plan with the community,” said Village Mayor David Bucciferro. “We believe the plan represents the first step in a bright future for the Village. It would not be as comprehensive and impactful without all the community engagement we have received to this point. We welcome the community’s thoughts and ideas on the draft plan and look forward to working with everyone to bring this vision to life over the coming years.”

For more information about Envision Scotia and to view or download the draft plan, visit the plan website: http://www.envisionscotia.com.

If you have questions or wish to provide feedback on the plan, please contact
Norabelle Greenberger, AICP at (518) 824-1933 or ngreenberger@labellapc.com.

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 for a fee of 2.55%.

Go to our Water/Sewer Bill Portal 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 we read the meters  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.

A Holiday Message from the Mayor

I want to take a few moments to wish each of you a very Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. This is an exciting time of year when families and friends gather to share stories of the past year and to look forward to what the new year will bring. It is a difficult time for some who are unable to share the joy of this season. I hope this year each of us make a point to reach out and help others. Often just the simple act of asking brightens someone’s day and will fill you with the true essence of this holiday.

I have just concluded my first year as mayor, an honor I do not take lightly. I have tried to make myself available as much as possible. I have listened to your comments and concerns related to what has been working well and what needs additional attention. I look forward to the upcoming year and working closer with each of you.

This season brings memories of years past and the traditions that play such an important part of who we are. Our village is filled with traditions and a tremendous history of helping others. Scotia has always looked after their own. Caring organizations like Scotia Relief, Fresh Table of Scotia-Glenville and all of our community charitable organizations to name a few. Multi-generational families fill our village creating a family inside a family feel.

I thought I might share a brief look into one of my family traditions. Growing up in an Italian household, the Holiday season was a gaggle of activity. Every night starting two to three weeks before the holiday there was a frantic attempt to keep on track with the “Holiday to Do Calendar.” This was painstakingly created after months of family discussion. Making the homemade macaroni, pierogi, sauce, pastries and cookies all from scratch. Preparing the seafood for cooking, creating new menu items, making sure the wine cabinet was full, and oh yes finding time for the dreaded shopping. Somehow mixed in with this craziness was the decorating of the house and tree. As children we had the added chaos of my father’s market. It was the busiest time of the year for family activities and the store. Late evenings, hard work and stress of worrying this was the year we would fall short of all our deadlines. But would I trade it? Not for anything in the world. The rituals of the holiday culminated in a two-day celebration of Christmas. Traditions we still hold to today. Family, friends and others with no place else to go celebrating the holiday together and breaking bread. It has changed over the years and that is not a bad thing. Dad and the store are no longer with us. The “elders” are my generation and the tradition of delivering turkeys and hams to customers we knew could not afford to buy one is replaced by helping those in need in a different way. But those traditions have been replaced with Village Lights and reaching out to those alone on the holiday. Today we also honor those who have passed on from our dinner table with song favorites of those individual’s, sung from the heart and with enough love we know they can hear us. Songs like Edelweiss for my Father-In-law, and Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle, an Italian Christmas song for mom and dad.

I share this memory to convey my belief of how important it is to recognize what has made us who we are and to be thankful for what we share together, our great village.

As we enter the Holiday Season and our calendars turn to 2024, we should reflect on this past year with gratitude and pride but also look forward with great hope that next year will again restore our souls and hopefully bring peace to our world. Let’s not forget those less fortunate in our community who are alone and those struggling to provide for their families. By sharing a gesture of kindness such as sharing a meal or an impromptu visit to someone who is alone will often turn someone’s despair into hope and a frown into a smile.

May your Holiday celebration bring you warmth, happiness and an abundance of joy.

I close with this message from Winston Churchill:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Village Lights Illuminates the Spirit of Giving with Annual Fundraiser for Scotia Relief

VILLAGE LIGHTS ILLUMINATES THE SPIRIT OF GIVING WITH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR SCOTIA RELIEF

As the holiday season approaches, the Village of Scotia is poised to shine brighter than ever with the annual Village Lights event and fundraiser for Scotia Relief. This heartwarming event, initiated in 2022, draws inspiration from the holiday tradition found in many village neighborhoods of lighting the way for Santa by placing a single white luminary on the front lawn on Christmas Eve. The funds raised for Scotia Relief provide assistance to neighbors in need of daily living supplies, including vouchers for food, clothing, heating fuel, and school supplies.

The essence of the holidays is encapsulated in the warmth of light, happiness, and joy. However, for some, this time of year may be marked by struggle and darkness. Recognizing the power of community, Village Lights is a beacon of hope for those facing unexpected challenges this holiday season. The collective glow symbolizes the unity of the community and serves as a reminder that, even in difficult times, the village stands strong together.

What sets Village Lights apart is its dual purpose — not only does it brighten the neighborhood, but it also serves as a fundraiser for Scotia Relief. This charitable organization has been making a significant impact since its inception during the Great Depression, providing relief to those in need and embodying the true spirit of neighbors helping neighbors.

“We believe that together, as a village, we can dispel darkness by shining our own light of kindness into the streets. The holidays are a time for generosity and compassion, and Village Lights allows us to extend a helping hand to those who may be facing challenges during this season,” said Trustee Justin Cook, who started Village Lights in 2022 with Maria Schmitz, the Village Clerk-Treasurer. Schmitz also serves on the board of Scotia Relief.

Neighbors in Scotia-Glenville and surrounding communities are encouraged to contribute a donation of at least $5 to Scotia Relief. In return for your donation, you will receive a Village Lights Luminary Kit, comprising a white paper bag and a battery-powered LED tea light to be display on your lawn on Christmas Eve. Contributions can be made in person at the Village Clerk’s Office at Village Hall, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, starting Monday, December 4, 2023. Neighbors can also make their donation and pick up their Village Lights Luminary kit at the Village Holiday Tree Lighting at Holiday on the Ave, this Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 4:45 pm near First National Bank of Scotia.

Envision Scotia

Envision Scotia

Envision Scotia is a planning effort to attract investment and funding opportunities through the development of a comprehensive vision for the Village’s future.

The goal of this effort is to develop a community vision, identify strategic sites for redevelopment through an in-depth analysis of the area, and develop an implementation strategy.

Learn more

Please take the Envision Scotia Visioning Survey

Road Closures Sunday December 3

On December 3, 2023 the following road closure will be in effect from 12:15pm to 5:15pm to accommodate the Annual “Holiday on the Ave”

  • Mohawk Avenue from North Ballston (Rt. 50) to Sacandaga Rd
  • North Ten Broeck from John to Mohawk Avenue
  • South Ten Broeck from Glen to Mohawk

 

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 30, 2023.  Pick up will continue weather permitting, until Friday, December 8, 2023.  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 7, 2023.  Yard waste will be picked up on your regular trash collection day.  Normal rules and regulations still apply.

 

For more information call the Department of Public Works at (518) 393-2159.

 

 

 

SAFE TUESDAY HALLOWEEN

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

Every year throughout the Town and Village, many of our children enjoy the tradition of trick-or-treating 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 Tuesday, October 31, 2023. 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 child(ren) 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 TUESDAY 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 TUESDAY 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