I am pleased to let everyone know that I am continuing to make progress in my recovery from my bout with COVID-19. Thank you all for your good wishes and support. This virus continues to be a serious threat in our community and we can all play an important role in fighting this disease by continuing to follow all advised precautions as set forth on the Madison County Department of Health website: https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2479/Coronavirus-COVID-19 If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your physician, or Community Memorial Hospital at (315) 228-3022 to inquire about testing. If you feel your symptoms, or those of someone you are caring for are life threatening, please call 911. Please do not call the Hamilton Police Department directly. You can access information about Community Memorial Hospital’s testing program at: https://www.communitymemorial.org/coronavirus-information/
I am also pleased to announce that all previously quarantined Village employees have completed their confinements with no symptoms or indications of infection from the virus. Consequently, while Village employees will continue to work from home to the extent it is possible and practical, and on-site Village staffing levels will remain at 50% or below, our department heads are now able to be back in the Village attending to necessary tasks that cannot be done remotely.
Employee areas of the Village office, DPW, Powerhouse and Police Station have been cleaned and disinfected by a commercial cleaning service. The courthouse and library will also be cleaned and disinfected before the public is allowed to return to those buildings. All Village buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice, and we have modified certain internal practices to minimize contact between the Village employees that are working in the Village.
Also, while working in the Village, all Village employees have been instructed to avoid contact with the public. Accordingly, while reading of water, electric and natural gas meters will begin on Monday April 6th, only those meters that can be read without entering a home or business will be read this week. All other accounts will be estimated and utility bills will be sent out accordingly. We regret any resulting inconvenience, but this is a necessary compromise that we must make at this time. If you have any questions about your utility billings or payments on your account, please call the Village office.
The DPW will do its best going forward to pick up yard waste that is put out. This may not happen as quickly as it would normally, so please be patient. If you have a significant volume of yard waste and have the ability to transport it yourself to the DPW yard, you may do so by making advance arrangements with DPW Foreman Derek Buschor by email at: Derekb@hamilton-ny.gov
Once again, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the work of all the dedicated Village employees who are keeping the Village and our public services operating during these unprecedented times. Notwithstanding the risks, our police officers continue to protect the Village around the clock, and our fire protection and ambulance personnel are answering calls 24/7. Our waste is being properly collected and disposed of, and our utility services are continuing without interruption. Thank you everyone.
RuthAnn Loveless, Mayor