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Town Alert Posted Apr 01, 2020
ROTTERDAM TOWN ALERT - POSTED APRIL 1, 2020
(Please note that all information contained here is subject to change anytime. Please check back regularly. Thank you.)
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., the Town of Rotterdam declared a state of emergency related to the need to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. This state of emergency was declared to preserve the public safety and hereby render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being, and health of the citizens of the town. This situation, combined with increased vulnerability and threat to our elderly residents and residents with an underlying health condition, continues to threaten the public safety. With increasing concerns expressed from our residents and businesses regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to provide you with some information and ensure you that the County of Schenectady and the Town of Rotterdam are closely monitoring this ongoing health crisis.
The Town of Rotterdam has extended the closure of all town buildings to residents and all non-essential personnel through Tuesday, April 14, 2020. This includes the Town of Rotterdam Police Department and Justice Court. All Senior Activities are being suspended until May 1, 2020. Select Town meetings will resume and be accessible remotely beginning April 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. Information on accessing the meetings will be available under each calendar event through April 14, 2020. Please check our Web site at www.rotterdamny.org and our Town Calendar for more information.
Our primary concern is the health and safety of our residents. We want to take necessary steps now to mitigate social interactions that increase unnecessary risks of residents, visitors, and employees and to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please periodically check our Web site (www.rotterdamny.org) for updates.
For any town related business please use the following link, as inquiries will be monitored and responded to regularly: https://www.rotterdamny.org/contact.aspx
Receiver of Taxes
For anyone still needing to pay 2020 Town/County Tax Bills, the late payment fee will remain at 3.75% plus an additional $2.00 from April 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020. There is a drop box located outside of Town Hall, at the 1100 Sunrise Boulevard entrance. Residents may continue to submit payments to the drop box during the closure. Payments may also be made online at www.rotterdamny.org.
For information on grievance procedures or the STAR program, please visit the Assessor's Department page at https://rotterdamny.org/departments.aspx?DepartmentID=5.
If you are visiting our Town parks we ask you not to use our basketball courts, tennis courts, playground structures or pavilions until further notice. We ask that if you visit to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others.
Forms, Applications, Permits, etc.
While we are closed to the public, essential staff do report to Town Hall regularly to process outstanding work and return calls. Please use the “Forms” tab on the Town’s Web site to access forms and documents. You may email completed forms to DPW@rotterdamny.org or mail the forms to Rotterdam Town Hall, 1100 Sunrise Blvd., Rotterdam, NY 12306. If a check is required to pay for fees, please mail the check along with the forms or you may also drop-off forms in the Town Clerk’s or Receiver of Taxes drop-boxes located at the entrance to Town Hall.
Yard Waste Collection
Yard waste collection is expected to begin, as regularly scheduled, on April 15, 2020. Please keep your yard waste bags off of our town roads, at curbside on your property, to ensure that we are able to efficiently plow our roads and sweep our roads effectively. If you have any questions, please email our Highway Department at Highway@rotterdamny.org or leave a voicemail at (518) 355-7722.
Department of Public Works
All applications for building permits, submissions for upcoming meetings of our Planning Commission or Zoning Board of Appeals will be accepted via email at DPW@rotterdamny.org.
Inspections of any work-in-process will not occur, other than emergency inspections per NYS guidelines, as all building work is to cease through April 14, 2020 and will expect to resume on April 15, 2020.
Our Wastewater Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plant(s), and Water/Sewer Maintenance staff are all deemed essential by NYS, so you will see them working and responding to emergencies throughout our Town. If you have any questions or have a situation that needs our attention, please email us at DPW@rotterdamny.org or leave us a voicemail at (518) 355-7575, ext. 395. For emergencies related to water or sewer issues please call (518) 630-0911.
Information from Schenectady County:
Schenectady County is working with a coalition of local non-profit agencies to create a donation, packing and delivery service for basic groceries and supplies for members of our community who are in need of help during this crisis. It is our goal to serve County residents who have difficulty accessing basic nutritional needs at this time. We are setting up the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady as a working call and food distribution center to receive requests from the public for groceries and other supplies as needed.
Below is some basic information about this new program: (Please note that these details may change at anytime)
Schenectady County COVID-19: Emergency Response Coalition:
- A hotline number for residents, (518) 621-3536, has been established with the initial hours of operation running from 9:00am - 6:00pm every day. There will be several delivery time “windows” each day (e.g., 9am -11am, 1pm-3pm, and 4pm-6pm). Times are subject to change based on community needs.
- Grocery bags will be provided, with enough products to sustain a family of four for 3-4 days. Bags will include fresh produce, proteins (including meat), and carbohydrates, as well as frozen, canned and boxed food items. Although we cannot take specific orders, we will do our best to accommodate any health/dietary restrictions if possible.
- We are also providing additional supplies (feminine products, diapers, baby formula) that may assist our residents in need. This will be on a request basis only.
- In keeping with the Centers for Disease Control recommendation of social distancing, deliveries will not involve any human contact. Bags/meals will be left on porches or in front of residences.
- Our partner organizations currently include: Schenectady Foundation, Regional Food Bank OF NENY, Schenectady City Mission, Schenectady YWCA and Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady, and possibly more coming…"
In case of emergency, please dial 911. For non-emergency calls, please contact the Schenectady County Unified Communication Center at 518-630-0911.
For information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), visit www.ny.gov/coronavirus/ and https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home or call the dedicated hotline at 1-888-364-3065
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