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

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.

Veggie Swap

VEGGIE SWAP

SUNDAYS 6/23-9/15

3PM-5PM

1ST NATIONAL BANK OF SCOTIA PARKING LOT

 

The Schenectady Farm Bureau knows that agriculture in our community is as much about backyard gardens, maple syrup and bees as it is about large dairy and grain farms. As a result, your Farm Bureau will be sponsoring a weekly Sunday afternoon vegetable swap this summer. Backyard gardeners, bee-keepers, home canners and bakers are all invited to come meet their neighbors, barter, and help us celebrate the personal side of Schenectady County agriculture.

We are encouraging barter ? this is not a market and cash deals are discouraged. We will ask for a small donation ($1/day) to help defray insurance and other expenses. Our host, the 1st National Bank of Scotia is graciously donating use of their parking lot. Farm Bureau members will direct traffic, but extra help is always appreciated.

Why a swap? We hope to encourage small scale gardeners and others to share their crops, expand their horizons, reduce food waste, maybe pick up some tips and encouragement, and build community among the gardeners, orchardists, backyard brewers and bee/chicken keepers among us.

The swap will take place at the 1st National Bank of Scotia parking lot (Mohawk Avenue) on Sundays ? June 23rd to September 15th, from 3 to 5 PM. Water (at the Bank) and bathrooms (thank you Stewarts) will be available. We ask that participants bring their own tables and containers. Participants will be asked to sign in and complete a simple liability waiver.

The County Food Bank will also be at the swap to collect donations of excess produce. We look forward to helping the less fortunate in our community. Any unusable produce will be collected for the Biosoil Farm worm-powered composting operation.

Please remember that this is a swap, not a farmer?s market. The goals are sharing, learning, and building community. So come trade squash, sip cider, and meet a beekeeper. Bring the kids and the dog too!

Contact: Mike Nally, Schenectady Farm Bureau President – 518-605-9643

Jeff Klein, Schenectady Farm Bureau Board Member ? 518-441-4770