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                                   TOWN TIMES• N e w s F r o m Yo u r T o w n G o v e r n m e n t - Winter 2005 •

                                                     From the Office of the Supervisor...Jean Carlson
                     Town Hall                       New bridge over railroad bed opening in
                 290 Northline Drive                 Schaghticoke.
                 Melrose, NY 12121                      The Town Board successfully passed the 2005 budget without increasing taxes
                   (518) 753-6915                    while maintaining the services to our residents. This was the eighth consecutive
                                                     year taxes have remained stable.
                                                        A new bridge over the railroad bed on Hansen Road is open. The old wooden
                             Hours:                  bridge had been in disrepair for many years. NYSDOT, the Guilford Railroad and
                          Monday - Friday            the Town of Schaghticoke entered into a contract to replace the bridge and finally
                         9:00 AM - 4:30 PM           it has come about. The 2 million dollar project took several years to be completed
                                                     and is certainly an asset to the town.
                    Town Clerks Office:                 Renovations to Town Hall are now complete. Due to severe deterioration the
                      Extended Hours                 siding on the building had to be replaced. The roof was newly shingled, the heat-
                   Thursday’s till 7:00 PM           ing system was overhauled and new windows and doors were put in the Meeting
                                                     Room and front and rear entrances to the building. In 2005 we will be looking at
               Building Inspector Hours:             the interior to do necessary maintenance to keep our building in good repair.
                    Monday - Friday                     In Pleasantdale the Town/County drainage project failed and required the
                  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM                 replacement of the drainage pipe in the old railroad bed. Without taking action
                                                     thousands of gallons of water would build behind the railroad bed endangering the
              Town Board Meetings                    residents who live in the hamlet. The replacement of the pipe avoided any
          Every 2nd Wednesday - 7:30 PM              incident.
                                                        Ongoing projects require monitoring. Funding for the Hemstreet Park Sewer
             Planning Board Meetings                 project has been cut. At this time with the present funding proposal the project is
           Every 1st Wednesday - 7:30 PM             on hold. In early November, Congressman John Sweeney visited the Park to en-
                                                     sure the residents he would do all he could to secure funding for this long overdue
               Zoning Board Meetings                 system. We will continue to work toward a successful conclusion for the residents.
             Every 1st Thursday - 7:30 PM                Looking forward, 2005 will bring with it new challenges and opportunities and
                                                     a commitment to use the avenues available to better our community.
                       Town Court                       Happy holidays to all.
                  Every Monday 7:00 PM

                                                                  Hoosic Valley students visited the Town Hall on Election Day.



               Newly Renovated
                  Town Hall




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       From the Office of the Town Clerk...Janet Salisbury
         Here we are again with another new year upon us. As I look back over the years since I have held this position, I
       think of the many changes that have taken place in our town and in our office. I feel good about the accomplishments
       that have been made, and the great people that I have come to know. This year, too, has been another busy one, and
       many of the goals that I set out to do in January 2004 have been achieved. Unfortunately, however, we couldn’t come
       thru with the Flu Shot Clinic. Maybe next year!
         Five water districts have been set up with new meters, which can be read from the truck as the Water Superintendent
       drives by. The monies for this project came through a grant, and we have been busy in our office converting over to the
       new hand held meter reader system. As with anything new, there were things that made our hair stand on end some
       days, but now, we are in good shape!
         Our DECALS system for Hunting and Fishing Licenses finally got the ‘bugs’ worked out and this year, we enjoyed
       far fewer hassles serving our hunters and fishermen during the busiest time of our license sales season. (Notice that I
       said far fewer hassles, and not hassle-free!) But we’re getting there.
         We recently acquired another grant to replace our obsolete shelving units in our vault, and we have re-organized and
       re-indexed the vault to its most efficient state. With the help of Mark Brock, Perry Able, and Shane Napoli from the
       Highway Department, we were able to clear out the vault, disassemble the old shelves and assemble the new ones, and
       re-load, AND re-organize the boxes in two days! The Highway Department will be able to use our old shelving units.
        I have been working on indexing the Minutes, and have made good progress. It is an on-going project that I find
       myself working on in my free moments. And in April, I attended the annual Town Clerk Conference, and as usual, it
       was most educational.
         We handed out record numbers of voter registration forms this year, and Election Day here in town was the busiest
       ever. It was wonderful that so many people came out to vote. Also on Election Day, Mrs. Messier’s class from Hoosic
       Valley came for a field trip, and saw the voting process, and took a tour of the Town Hall. What a wonderful group!
       And what an enjoyable time we had. Earlier in the year, we hosted a similar trip for the Girl Scouts. We love having our
       young adults come to visit, so please keep us in mind!
         TAX FORMS have been ordered again this year, and hopefully, we can help you out with what you might be
       needing. And don’t forget that CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP IS JANUARY 17. BE SURE TO PUT YOUR TREE
       OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE, AND BE SURE IT IS VISIBLE TO THE DRIVER. Trees must be under 8’ to fit in
       the truck, and if your tree is larger than 8’, please cut it in half.
         I look forward to seeing and meeting more of you in 2005, and please remember that if you have any questions or
       problems, please do not hesitate to contact us at 753-6915, ext 100 or 101. If you want to get a fishing, hunting, or
       dog license, or if you want a certificate of residency for HVCC, or if you want a handicap hanger for your car, or if you
       need voter registration forms, or if you want to get married or buried, come to the Town Clerk’s Office! We always like
       to meet you or speak with you over the phone.
         Did you know that the Town of Schaghticoke is the best town in the State of New York, because of the people who live
       here? It’s true!

          HAPPY NEW YEAR ! ! !



                Our Town Clean-up Days were most successful this
                year, and we will resume our monthly schedule be-
                ginning in April. It is fun meeting so many of you as
                you bring us your no-longer-wanted items. Many of
                the items that come to Clean-Up Day are able to be
                reused, and help support the Eastern Rensselaer
                County Community Warehouse in Hoosick Falls. If
                you have never been to the Warehouse before, take a
                trip up someday. You will be surprised at what you
                might find! Someone else’s ‘junk’ could end up being
                your treasure at a very reasonable price! And intro-
                duce yourself to the new director, Tim Dormady, who
                started in November, replacing Dee Dee Diciccio-
                Kraft.




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       From the Tax Collector...Terry Jones
          Just a few reminders to help make things easier for everyone in this upcoming property tax season.
          1. Please mail/bring the ENTIRE tax statement if you would like to receive a RECEIPT of payment.
          2. Please read the FLYER enclosed with your tax bill; it may answer many of your questions. It lists my scheduled collec-
       tion dates and times. Please note that when the Town Hall is closed for holidays, I will not be there, but I may be available at
       my home office. Just give me a call at any time with questions/issues not addressed here or in my flyer.
          3. If you have not received your tax bill by about January 10th, call me and I can send out a duplicate.
          4. For those of you with mortgage escrow accounts that pay your tax bills, if there has been ANY change within the past
       few months, please call me yourself and let me know; don’t depend upon the bank to do it, even if they told you they would.
          5. Remember, I do NOT have an office at the Town Hall (no tax collector ever has). My office is at my home in Hemstreet
       Park. That is my primary location during tax season, except for those days when I go to the Town Hall for the purpose of
       collecting tax payments. (Please refer to schedule listed in flyer.)
          6. In regard to #5, if we are having a bad weather day, like snow or ice, I may not be at the Town Hall as scheduled, so call
       ahead first. I would always be available at my home office on scheduled collection days.
          If you need to contact me by phone, my number is 664-7154. See you in January, Terry.
         A Taxing Situation...A visitor from Holland was chatting with his American friend and was jokingly explaining about the
       red, white, and blue in the Netherlands flag. “Our Flag symbolizes our taxes,” he said. “We get red when we talk about them,
       white when we get our tax bill, and blue after we pay them.” “The same with us,” the American replied, “only we see stars
       too.”

       WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS ... Willie Hayes, Highway Supt.
         PUBLIC HEARING ON LOCAL LAW 2, 2003 (PROHIBITED PARKING DURING WINTER MONTHS)
         A Local Law Regulating Parking of Vehicles on Town or County Highways between November 1 to April 1.
         1. Parking shall be restricted on Town and County highways from November 1 to April 1 of the calendar year on an odd/
       even side of the street basis as follows:
         Beginning at 7:00 am on odd calendar days, parking shall be allowed only on the side of the street with odd numbered houses
       to 7:00 am on the following day, such that on even calendar days, parking shall be allowed only on the side of the street with
       even numbered houses from 7:00 am on even calendar days to 7:00 am the following day.
         The west side of streets running north to south and the south side of streets running east to west are hereby designated the
       odd side of those streets.
         The east side of streets running north to south and the north side of streets running east to west are hereby designated the
       even side of those streets.
         2. When any vehicle is parked on any road in violation of Paragraph No. 1 of this Local Law, said vehicle is subject to
       removal by towing. All towing and storage fees and expenses shall be the responsibility of the owner of the towed vehicle.
         3. The Highway Superintendent and the Code Enforcement Officer and their designees are hereby authorized to identify
       vehicles in violation of this Local Law and to engage the services of the reputable towing agency for towing and storage of said
       vehicles.
       From the Building Department...John Smolen
          Well, old man winter has raised his head and from what the TV weatherpeople and Farmers Almanac are saying, it’s going
       to be a snowy one. Keep your firemen in mind when you’re cleaning the snow and open up the hydrants. Might as well make
       it easier for the mail people and clean around your mailbox. Hope you had your chimney cleaned. We wish you all a safe and
       prosperous new year and a better year than last.


                         NEW HANSEN ROAD BRIDGE...Willie Hayes, Highway Superintendent
                           BEFORE                                                                              AFTER
                                                   The new bridge on Hansen Road is
                                                 completed...and what a beautiful job. Bette-
                                                 Crain Contractors from Watertown worked
                                                 on the job. The deck size is 26 X 100' which
                                                 gives 2 - 13' travel lanes. The bridge
                                                 construction is 7 pre-stressed concrete box
                                                 beams, concrete abutments, concrete deck,
                                                 and concrete walls with a pedestrian fence
                                                 box beam guide railing. The structure is over
                                                 a Boston and Maine Railroad track, and
                                                 funding was available from Federal, State,
                                                 and local sources. The bridge carries a H-20
                                                 load rating. Take a ride someday and see the
                                                 project.



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                                                                                      Hoosick Falls, NY 12090

                                                                                       Phone: (518) 686-7540
                                                                                        Fax: (518) 686-7863


                                                                          I would like to introduce myself. I am
                                                                       the new Director for the Eastern
                                                                       Rens selaer Count y S olid Waste
                                                                       Management Authority and its affiliate,
                                                                       the Community Warehouse in Hoosick
                                                                       Falls. What a great asset the Commu-
                                                                       nity Warehouse is to this area! If you
                                                                       have never been browsing at the
                                                                       Warehouse or if it has been awhile, you
                                                                       should plan on coming by soon. We
                                                                       have a large selection of furnishings,
                                                                       housewares, computers, office furniture,
                                                                       knick knacks and collectibles. We just
                                                                       received two truck loads of desks, chairs,
                                                                       file cabinets of all sorts, and other
                                                                       office furniture in recent vintage and in
                                                                       mint condition. The Warehouse is full
                                                                       of usable items that were donated or no
                                                                       longer wanted.
                                                                          Our objective is to Reduce the
                                                                       amount of discards going into our
                                                                       landfills, Reuse items that still have a
                                                                       useful life, and Recycle our natural
                                                                       resources so they are abundant for
                                                                       generations to come. This is not only a
                                                                       good environmental practice, but also
                                                                       s aves money. W hat b et ter way to
                                                                       practice the three R’s than to purchase
                                                                       through the Community Warehouse. I
                                                                       will look forward to seeing you at the
                          Happy Holidays                               Eastern Rensselaer County Community
                                                                       Warehouse, 21428 Route 22 in Hoosick
                                                                       Falls.
                    From the Town of Schaghticoke                                                 Tim Dormady




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                         COMMUNITY CALENDAR                                               Remember Our Heros
       January 2005
       1 St. Bonaventure Church New Year's Day Mass, 10 AM.
       February 2005
       6 Schaghticoke Presbyterian Church Super Bowl Sunday,
           Chicken BBQ
       21 Diver Memorial Library - Weatherman Bob Kovachik will              Jordan Gomes                 Daniel Buckley               David Buckley
           be at the Library for winter school vacation at 1:00 PM.
       22 7:00 PM, Diver Memorial Library - Story Hour
       23 Diver Memorial Library - Junior Museum Winter Wildlife
           in the Hudson Valley
       March 2005
       13 Fundraiser for St. Bonaventure Church - "Partylite Candle
          Sale", 2-4 PM. Call Lynn at the church office at 235-0337
          ext. 6 if you would like to place an order or if you have        William Vohnoutka             Dominick Melite            Robert A. Cumo, Jr.
          questions.
       17 Melrose Methodist Church Corned Beef and Cabbage
          Dinner
       30 Diver Memorial Library - Terry Marotta will speak at 7 PM
          on “A Journey into Journalism from Middle School to
          Middle Age and Beyond”.
       April 2005                                                        Kathleen Kelly        Ben Genthner       Daniel Vohnoutka       Tonio DeSorrento
       8-9 Melrose Methodist Church Rummage Sale and Bake Sale
       9 Schaghticoke Presbyterian Church Roast Turkey Dinner,
           5:00 & 6:30 PM.
       19 Diver Memorial Library Spring Vacation Program
           11:00 AM, Sylvie Wickstran, author/illustrator.
       20 Diver Memorial Library Story Hour
       21 Diver Memorial Library, 11:00 AM, Spring Vacation
           Program, Tang Museum Earth Day Celebration with               Karolyn DeVito        John Hayes          Walter Ryan, Jr.      Steven Hemstreet
           recyclable crafts.
       23 Lasagna Dinner, Melrose Methodist Church
                                                                                                                                       Photos
       May 2005
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       7 Pre-Clean Up Day Community Garage Sales, Melrose
                                                                                                                                      Available
       SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FIRE COMPANY BREAKFASTS:
       1st Sunday of the month - Melrose Fire Company Breakfast          John Kelly (with Katy)        Robert Szymaszek        Kevin Hill, William Roy,
       2nd Sunday of the month - Speigletown Fire Company Breakfast                                                          Richard Bartis, Mikah Ward,
       3rd and 4th Sundays of the month - Pleasantdale Fire Company                                                        John Zayhowski, Jason St. Onge,
       Breakfast                                                                                                            Kelly Lelito, Kevin Dougherty,
                                                                                                                                James Yetto, Dustin &
       SUPPORT THE AMERICAN LEGION DINNERS:                                                                                     Mary Faden Canestorp
       Every Friday Night - Schaghticoke American Legion Dinners -
       $5.00 each, 4 - 7 PM (thru April)                                   * If you know of anyone from our Town who is serving, notify
       Take outs available.                                              the Town Clerk at 753-6915 ext. 101 so that they may be
                                                                         acknowledged in our future Town Times issues.

                                                                      MILITARY MOM IN ACTION SUPPORTS TROOPS
                                                                               AND SEEKS YOUR HELP!

                                                          Melrose resident Kathy Buckley has a full-time job volunteering to package
                                                        non-perishable items to our troops overseas. Each week, Kathy sends out 80
                                                        packages and letters to those in the military, and her list is still growing. She could
                                                        use your help...either financially or physically! Please feel free to contact her at
                                                        235-0365, em ail her at milmom@nycap.rr.com, or check her website at
                                                        www.militarymominaction.org.




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                                                                           Town of Schaghticoke
                                                                 290 Northline Drive • Melrose, NY 12121 • (518) 753-6915

        Town Official                               Name                           Email Address                                                                             Phone
        Town Supervisor ...................... Jean Carlson ..............supervisor@townofschaghticoke.org ......... 753-6915 ext 104 (W) 753-4630 (H)
        Town Clerk .............................. Janet Salisbury .......... townclerk@townofschaghticoke.org ........... 753-6915 ext 101 (W) 235-8483 (H)
        Deputy Town Clerk .................Jenny Molesky .......... deputyclerk@townofschaghticoke.org ....................................... 753-6915 ext 100
        Town Assessor ......................... Gene Cross ................ gcrossiao@verizon.net ............................................................... 753-6915 ext 103
        Clerk to Assessor ..................... Jackie Gregorie ......... assessorcler@townofschaghticoke.org ...................................... 753-6915 ext 103
        Building Inspector ................... John Smolen ..............buildinginsp@townofschaghticoke.org ...................................... 753-6915 ext 109
        Budget Director .......................Nancy Harder ............ budgetdirect@townofschaghticoke.org ...................................... 753-6915 ext 104
        Planning Dept. ......................... Elizabeth Hale ...........planning@townofschaghticoke.org
          & Zoning Board Clerk
        Historian .................................. Chris Kelly ................ historian@townofschaghticoke.org ......................................................... 235-5813
        Highway Supt. ......................... Willie Hayes ................................................................................................ 753-4315 (W) 753-4319 (H)
        Water Supt. .............................. Dan Casey ............................................................................................................................ 753-9982 (O)
        Dog Control .............................Phil Simon ............................................................................................................................ 237-3286 (H)
        Tax Collector ........................... Terry Jones ........................................................................................................................... 664-7154 (H)
        Planning Bd. Chair .................. Brian Davidson .................................................................................................................... 237-7651 (H)
        Zoning Bd. Chair ..................... James Jensen ........................................................................................................................ 753-6076 (H)
        Youth Commission Chair ........Margaret McLaughlin .......................................................................................................... 235-8510 (H)
        Town Justice ............................ Steven Hemstreet ......................................................................................... 753-6915 ext. 107/369-4581
        Town Justice ............................ Jaime Thomas ................................................................................................................ 753-6915 ext. 106
        Town Council ..........................David Akin .................................................................................................................................. 753-0920
        Town Council ..........................Michael Bayly ............................................................................................................................. 233-8266
        Town Council ..........................John Rustin .................................................................................................................................. 235-0615
        Town Council ..........................Jerry Moore ................................................................................................................................. 753-7794




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