NYS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION NOTICE
FROM THE VILLAGE MUNICIPAL UTILITIES COMMISSION
The disaster emergency declared in New York State executive order 202 of 2020 (hereinafter, the “COVID-19 State of Emergency”) will expire on October 4, 2020. If you have trouble paying your bill after that date because you experienced a change in financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, additional protections are available to you to prevent future terminations of service. You must contact us at 315-824-1111 in order to take advantage of these protections, which include the right to enter into a Deferred Payment Agreement without any down payments, late fees, or penalties attributable to services received during the Covid-19 State of Emergency.
From the Mayor’s Desk
It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of September already. Let’s hope the weather remains mild and we can enjoy outside dining and other outdoor activities well into autumn.
COVID continues to be a vital concern locally and globally, and I appreciate the efforts of Hamilton residents and visitors who are masking up and observing social-distancing protocols as we await the availability of more immediate rapid testing and a vaccine. Your efforts are paying off in stemming the virus in our community.
As in other communities that are home to colleges and universities, we are especially alert to the impact of students returning to campus. Colgate is being cited nationally for its scientific, test-based approach to reopening. Nonetheless, we and the College remain vigilant to any trends that may be revealed by continuous testing, and contingency plans are in place to address a spike in infections, should one occur.
By the time you receive this newsletter, Colgate students will have completed their two-week quarantine and will have been tested for coronavirus a minimum of three times. Colgate’s plan has several phases of gradually opening the campus as testing verifies that COVID remains within state norms; the next phase allows students (in groups of four or fewer) to visit Village shops and restaurants. They must adhere to the individual policies of those businesses and follow safe distancing/face covering procedures. In addition, Colgate will permit students to gather in groups of 10 or fewer following the same protocols. Colgate is issuing periodic community updates and you can sign up at colgate.edu/communityupdates. If you have concerns about student behavior or inappropriate events you can contact COVID19@colgate.edu or call the non-emergency number at 315-366-2311.
We will all be relieved when life turns back toward normal. In the meantime, vigilance and understanding in all corners of our community will go a long way toward making the best of the situation at hand. As is so often said, “We are all in this together.”
All the Best, RuthAnn
Utility Billing Going Green – As part of the Village’s efforts to reduce paper use and increase convenience for our customer, the Village is considering the acquisition of software that would allow us to email pdf versions of utility bills to our customers!
To assist us in determining how many customers would take advantage of this option, and to help us begin building a customer email database, please send an email to email@example.com stating your personal and/or business names, account number(s) and address(es), primary telephone number associated with your account(s) and whether you would prefer to receive just an emailed bill or an emailed bill in addition to the hard copy bill mailed to you. Please insert “Utility Bill PDF” in the subject line of your email.
New Dog Park – Thanks to the efforts and donations of caring citizen donors and volunteers who have been working for months (years!) to make this a reality, the Hamilton Dog Park should be completed by late September for use later this year or in the Spring of 2021, depending how well the new grass seeding becomes established this Fall. The facility will be located on College Street where the tennis courts used to be along the entrance to the Village wastewater treatment plant. Tim Mansfield, leader of the project, would like to thank Williams Fencing for installing new gates and extend “special thanks to the Village of Hamilton DPW and Municipal Utility departments for their efforts in helping to complete the facilities.” InnerVision Crystals is the primary corporate sponsor of the facility, in addition to hundreds of family and friend donors. Please follow the park on social media at https://www.instagram.com/hamiltondogpark/ and https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonnydogpark or email the volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for details!
Hamilton Public Library – The Hamilton Public Library is returning to normal business hours following Labor Day, when the library will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. While things are still different around here, we are working with restrictions and bringing programs outside! In the last few weeks, we have hosted Kids’ Yoga, a movie, and a magic show! For more information on these events and upcoming programs, check out our website and/or social media accounts. Even though we are expanding services, we are still offering curbside pickup and free home delivery to any patron in our service area so you can still access our materials no matter what your comfort level. Thank you!
Codes Corner – Please be reminded that most home improvement work requires a building permit, including replacement of home heating appliances. Please avoid unnecessary complications and contact Don Forth, the Village Code Enforcement Officer before you start any home improvement, building projects, driveway or sidewalk work. Please also check with Don for zoning compliance requirements prior to changing the use of your property. For example, new boardinghouses are not permitted in most zoning districts within the Village.
Village Office – The Village Office remains closed to the public. If you wish to make an appointment to meet with someone at the Village Office, or for general assistance, please call 315-824-1111 between 7:30-4:00, or email the Village Clerk at email@example.com. You can find information about Village services, updated news, and board meeting minutes on the Village website: www.hamilton-ny.gov