Much has happened over the last five days. Through a series of Executive Orders, Governor Cuomo has imposed a number of statewide measures in an effort to stem the spread of COVID 19. The health and safety of the employees and residents of the Village of Hamilton remains the highest priority of the Board of Trustees. At our meeting last night, the Board thoroughly reviewed the current situation and adopted a number of measures with respect to our Village operations in an effort to reduce risk levels for our employees and residents while continuing to offer basic local government services to the best of our ability under the circumstances. The steps taken by the Village Board, effective March 18, 2020 and continuing until modified by the Board, include the following:
- The Village Office is closed to the public, as is the Village Court, the Hamilton Public Library, the DPW, Powerhouse and Police Department. The Fire Department will respond to emergency calls as usual. In the event of an emergency situation requiring a fire department or police response, or other emergency assistance, please call 911 as always. For non-emergency inquiries, please call the Police Department at 315-824-3311.
- The Village Office will remain staffed at a reduced level to handle business by telephone (315-824-1111) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and email any time through the Village website. Village utility bills can be paid online (see the link on the Village website) or by sending a check by regular mail. There is also a drop box at the front entrance where checks for utility bill payments, as well as other correspondence may be left. If you would like a stamped receipt for your payment, please indicate that with your payment and a receipt will be mailed to you.
- The Village Airport remains open to pilots and passengers, but is closed to the general public. Fueling Services will remain open. Pilots are encouraged to call ahead at 315-824-6681 if possible.
- The Village DPW is operating at half of its regular staffing level. Essential services and the regular garbage and recyclable pickup schedule will be maintained. Furloughed employees will be called in as necessary to respond to emergencies. Residents are asked to not put out any yard waste or construction debris for pick up. The public is also asked to avoid direct contact with DPW employees and to make all requests for services by phone through the Village office.
- The Village Electric Department is working at a reduced staffing level and will be completing only work that does not require direct engagement with the public. Furloughed employees will be called in as necessary to respond to emergencies. Outage reports and non-emergency inquiries may be made by telephone at (315) 824–2120.
- The Village Natural Gas Department is working at a reduced staffing level and will be completing only work that does not require direct engagement with the public. Furloughed employees will be called in as necessary to respond to emergencies. The public is advised to call the Village’s natural gas emergency line, 1-844-824-1100, if a natural gas leak or other emergency is suspected. Non-emergency inquiries may be made by telephone at (315) 824–2120.
- The Village Water and Wastewater Department is continuing to work at full staff levels to ensure the delivery of these vital public services. The public is also asked to avoid direct contact with employees and to make all requests for services by phone through the Village office. Service reports and inquiries may be made by calling 315-824-2120.
- The Code Enforcement officer will continue to respond to emergency situations as required and shall process applications for permits by mail, drop box delivery and/or email only. Inspections of buildings currently under construction will continue, but routine inspections of private businesses have been suspended.
The Madison County Department of Health is very actively monitoring the spread of COVID 19 and continues to be an excellent source of information to minimize your risk of contracting and/or spreading the virus. Please visit and monitor the County’s website at: https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2479/Coronavirus-COVID-19
To follow communications and measures being taken by the University, the public can visit Colgate’s website at: https://www.colgate.edu/about/offices-centers-institutes/dean-college/student-health-services/covid-19-information-and
This situation continues to evolve rapidly, and the Village Board is monitoring and reviewing developments on a daily basis. We remain keenly aware of the significant economic impact of all the developments and actions related to this public health issue. To the extent it can be done consistent with mandated and recommended practices regarding contact with other individuals, the Village continues to urge everyone to shop local whenever possible.
The Board of Trustees thanks everyone for their patience in these difficult and uncertain times. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call or email the Village.
RuthAnn Loveless, Mayor