To my neighbors, friends and colleagues in the Hamilton community – I write this with a heavy heart for
the loss we have suffered, and one which I feel very deeply on a personal level. Presently I am confined
to home waiting for coronavirus test results which likely will not be received for several more days.
Upon the advice of the Madison County Health Department, the members of the Village Board and all
our Village department heads will all be working remotely. These are all precautionary measures and I
want to assure everyone in our community that there is no need to be overly alarmed. The threat we
face is serious, but if we all continue to be respectful of one another and follow basic principles of
sanitation and social distancing, we, as a community, can have a very positive effect on the local
progression of the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to follow the guidance available from our Madison
County Health Department at the County’s website:
https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2479/Coronavirus-COVID-19. If you feel you may be infected with
the virus or may have come into close contact with someone else who is, please be considerate and
avoid contact with others.
To protect our valued Village employees, we have taken further actions with respect to the operation of
Village government. While most of the information contained in my message of 3/18/2020 remains
accurate, we have made some additional changes in light of the evolving circumstances. Effective today
and until further notice, all Village office personnel are working from home. The general Village
telephone number (315-824-1111) has been forwarded and is being answered by our office staff during
normal office hours. After hours and emergency utility calls will be monitored as usual.
Our Village natural gas department has been furloughed, but remains on call for emergencies as always.
Our Electric department staff has been further reduced, but also remains fully capable of responding for
emergency situations. We only have three employees in the critical water/wastewater department, but
all essential functions are, and will continue to be kept operational within all permit and regulatory
requirements.
Our DPW staff has been reduced to a skeleton force, mainly to ensure garbage pickup and snow removal
and related street maintenance. Please help our crews out by not putting out yard waste or excessive
amounts of garbage. Also, if you have the space and can store your recyclables at your property, please
do so.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Municipal Utilities and everyone that makes our Village
government function so well, I want to thank you all for your concern and support, and ask for your
patience and consideration in the days ahead.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call or email the Village.
RuthAnn Loveless, Mayor