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City of Amsterdam Homeowners please take notice

July 22nd, 2014

NOTICE TO THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM HOMEOWNERS

             Due to recent hail damage to property the City of Amsterdam wishes to provide some safety advice to our homeowners.

There are numerous construction companies going door to door soliciting.  As of today, only two companies has been approved for door to door solicitation through the City Clerk’s office – Ronco Construction and Aspen Construction.  If a company does come to your door ask them to see credentials from the City of Amsterdam.  If they do not have credentials, we suggest you ask them to leave and contact the City Clerk’s office at 841-4313 or the Amsterdam Police Department at 842-1100.

The City Codes and Building Department would like to offer the following:

  1.  Contact your insurance company to determine coverage if you have not done so already
  2. Get at least 2 or 3 estimates if possible
  3. Check the construction company’s credentials.  There are many local reputable contractors.
  4. A roof permit is required before any work can begun.  Contact the City Building Department at 841-4319

 

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Parvo Vaccination Clinic for dog

July 9th, 2014

Due to an increased number of canine parvovirus cases in the city of Amsterdam, we will be hosting a PARVO VACCINATION CLINIC ONLY for city residents on Tuesday JULY 22nd from 630-730 pm at Lynch bus garage. The cost of the vaccination is $10 per dog. Anyone having a dog under the age of 18 months is strongly encouraged to bring their dog as dogs under that age are mo…re susceptible to the virus. Puppies under 4 months of age should be carried if possible to reduce risk of infection. Canine Parvovirus is one of the most common and severe gastrointestinal diseases that a dog can get. Parvo is transmitted thru feces and saliva of an infected dog. Symptoms of parvo are Lack of appetite – Lethargy or listlessness – Vomiting – Fever – Abdominal distention (pot belly) or discomfort – Signs of dehydration (pale gums) – Bloody diarrhea – Profuse diarrhea. Vaccination begins at 6 to 8 weeks with booster shots every 3 to 4 weeks after that until the dog is 16 to 18 weeks old. After that annual boosters and 3 year boosters will maintain immunity. Parvo is 80% fatal and 96% preventable.

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CITY HOMEOWNERS – ROOFING REPAIRS

June 6th, 2014

NOTICE TO THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM HOMEOWNERS

             Due to recent hail damage to property the City of Amsterdam wishes to provide some safety advice to our homeowners. 

There are numerous construction companies going door to door soliciting.  As of today, only one company has been approved for door to door solicitation through the City Clerk’s office – Ronco Construction.  If a company does come to your door ask them to see credentials from the City of Amsterdam.  If they do not have credentials, we suggest you ask them to leave and contact the City Clerk’s office at 841-4313 or the Amsterdam Police Department at 842-1100. 

             The City Codes and Building Department would like to offer the following: 

  1.  Contact your insurance company to determine coverage if you have not done so already

  2. Get at least 2 or 3 estimates if possible
  3. Check the construction company’s credentials.  There are many local reputable contractors.
  4. A roof permit is required before any work can begun.  Contact the City Building Department at 841-4319

 

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Notice of Relevy of Fees

May 29th, 2014

 

“Please take notice that any delinquent City of Amsterdam 2012-2013 Sanitation, Sewer, Water and Metered Sewer/Water fees, payable to the City of Amsterdam, that remain unpaid as of June 20, 2014 (Postmark June 13, 2014, mailed ONLY to 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010), will be relevied and become an addition to the 2014-2015 City tax bill to be issued in July 2014. For exact amounts due, please contact the City’s tax collection department at 841-4309, 841-4320 or 841-4324.”

 

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City of Amsterdam Mayor Ann M. Thane has been elected President of the New York Conference of Mayors

May 5th, 2014
Mayor Ann Thane

Mayor Ann Thane

City of Amsterdam Mayor Ann M. Thane has been elected President of the New York Conference of Mayors. She is the first female city mayor from Montgomery County in NYCOM’s 105 years to be elected president of the group. Her appointment is for one year. Her induction will take place at NYCOM’s Annual Meeting on Monday, May 5th at the Gideon Putman Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY. Congressman Paul Tonko will administer the oath of office at the swearing in ceremony.

Mayor Thane is in her second term and seventh year in office. Prior to her taking the reins of city operations, she held the position of Director of the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley for seven years. Earlier in life, Mayor Thane worked for twenty years as a graphic artist in the greater Capital District. She is also an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commissioner, a member of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Executive Board, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner.

NYCOM represents 582 cities and villages in NY, populated by over 11 million residents, ranging from the smallest village to New York City.

NYCOM’s mission is the same today as it was when it was founded in 1910 - to give municipal officials a way to improve local government by facilitating cooperation, the exchange of information and ideas on best practices, and the discussion of new solutions to common municipal problems.

Then, as now, NYCOM’s mission is to serve as:

  • A powerful advocate for city and village governments and their taxpayers before the state’s legislative, executive and judicial branches of government;
  • A readily accessible source of practical information touching upon every area of municipal activity; and
  • The preeminent provider of training for local government officials. Through membership in NYCOM, New York’s cities and villages are better able to provide essential services in the most cost effective manner.
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Mayor Announces Community Development Block Grant Award

May 5th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
May 2, 2014

Mayor Announces Community Development Block Grant Award

The City of Amsterdam has received HUD Community Development Block Grant Award through the New York State Office of Community Renewal.  This grant, in the amount of $400,000, will be utilized to fund a neighborhood revitalization and housing rehabilitation program in a targeted area bounded by Cornell Street on the West, Hibbard Street on the North,  James Street on the East and Bell and Norris Streets on the South. This program will be a continuation of a housing rehabilitation program that has been operating just to the north of this new target area.

The program will provide grants of up to $25,000 per dwelling unit to rehabilitate income qualified owner occupied homes in the target area, and up to $12,500 per unit for owners of rental property.   Qualified owner occupants will be eligible for grants of up to 100% of the cost of rehabilitating their homes, whereas rental property owners will be required to fund 50% of the repair costs.  The goals of the program are to eliminate code violations and unsafe housing conditions; eliminate blight; assist elderly, disabled, and low income homeowners; improve energy efficiency of homes; improve the appearance of the neighborhood; stimulate private investment; and keep properties in sound condition and on the city tax rolls.

The program will start up in the summer of 2014, and will be administered through the Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency.  Interested property owners should contact the Urban Renewal Agency at 843-5190 or amst.ura@gmail.com.

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Community Development Block Grant

May 5th, 2014

Mayor Announces Community Development Block Grant Award

The City of Amsterdam has received HUD Community Development Block Grant Award through the New York State Office of Community Renewal.  This grant, in the amount of $400,000, will be utilized to fund a neighborhood revitalization and housing rehabilitation program in a targeted area bounded by Cornell Street on the West, Hibbard Street on the North,  James Street on the East and Bell and Norris Streets on the South. This program will be a continuation of a housing rehabilitation program that has been operating just to the north of this new target area.

The program will provide grants of up to $25,000 per dwelling unit to rehabilitate income qualified owner occupied homes in the target area, and up to $12,500 per unit for owners of rental property.   Qualified owner occupants will be eligible for grants of up to 100% of the cost of rehabilitating their homes, whereas rental property owners will be required to fund 50% of the repair costs.  The goals of the program are to eliminate code violations and unsafe housing conditions; eliminate blight; assist elderly, disabled, and low income homeowners; improve energy efficiency of homes; improve the appearance of the neighborhood; stimulate private investment; and keep properties in sound condition and on the city tax rolls.

The program will start up in the summer of 2014, and will be administered through the Amsterdam Urban Renewal Agency.  Interested property owners should contact the Urban Renewal Agency at 843-5190 or amst.ura@gmail.com.

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FMCC Student Bus Transportation

April 25th, 2014

Attention: FMCC Students

As of May 27, 2014 The City of Amsterdam Transit

System will NO LONGER be providing service to

FMCC.

Student Passes will NOT be honored after May

27, 2014.

Thank you for your past patronage.

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Golf Course Rates and Cart Rental Fees

April 23rd, 2014
   
Greens Fees Mon – Thru before 3 pm $26.00
Greens Fees Fri- Sun before 3pm $29.00
Twilight after 3 pm $18.00
Twilight after 3 pm after 9/10 $15.00
9 Hole 7am to 11am Mon – Thru $15.00
Group Midweek 20 or more M-T 20 players $21.00
Group Midweek 20 or more Fri -Sun 20 players $26.00
Golf Book $198.00
Wednesday Special (golf w/ cart)  (10am – 2pm) $28.00
Tournaments

$1,700

 

Locker Rental $32
Gas Cart Storage $365
Electric Cart Storage $398

 

 

Members Cart Rental 18 holes

$10

Greens Fee Cart Rental 18 Holes

$12

   
Member Cart Rental 9 holes

$6

Greens Fee Cart Rental 9 holes

$8

   
Unlimited Cart (Cart Rental Seasonal)

$350

 

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MAYOR’S BUDGET MESSAGE

April 1st, 2014

April 1, 2014

I am pleased to present the FY 2014/15 Proposed Budget for consideration by the City of Amsterdam Common Council and its citizens. As the economy slowly improves from the worldwide recession that began in 2008/09 and problems of record keeping in the Controller’s office are finally being addressed, the City is substantially stronger for all of its struggles.

The FY 2014/15 Proposed Budget funds everything from law enforcement services to recreation programs to street maintenance.  Over six years, the city has aggressively pursued measures to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and fight the effects of time on infrastructure and property. We strive to treat our employees fairly while seeking fiscally responsible efficiencies at all levels of government. This document is the result of a great commitment to what is best for our residents and the future of our community.

Of particular note in the FY 2014/15 Proposed Budget:

  • The real property tax levy remains under the state mandated property tax cap, coming in at 1.85%. Since this cap was put in place three years ago, we have never exceeded the cap.
  • Utility fees are under the self-imposed 3% cap with the exception of commercial and industrial metered water, which is still billed at a rate that is lower than the rate charged to flat rate residential users.
  • Health insurance costs are flat, as are liability insurance costs.
  • Amortizing the police and fire retirements, as well as the Employee Retirement System payments has reduced pension expenses.
  • Unallocated insurance for the fire department has been reduced by incorporating into the County’s Workman’s Compensation Plan. The County will now pay the premium for this component as they do for other fire departments across the County.
  • The Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) payment from the state, a major source of revenue for general fund expenses, is unchanged again this year.
  • Sales tax has been conservatively projected to increase by 3%.
  • Revenue sharing with the Towns of Florida and Amsterdam is up by $30,000 this year.
  • Revisions to the water and sewer rates have enhanced revenues in both funds. These changes have helped to keep residential water and sewer rates stable.
  • Debt service rates have increased based on our recent borrowing, though in five years time much of the general fund debt will have been repaid. The increase in debt had come about because we replaced aging equipment and funded long overdue capital projects that had been put off to the point of being hazardous to employees and residents. We also bonded in anticipation of revenue we would receive as reimbursement via grants. This has been good for our employees and residents. To manage this situation more effectively, we will put together a five-year Capital Plan to sequence borrowing and reduce fluctuations in the coming years.
  • Electricity costs may go up. We have increased contingency to reflect this projection, should this change become a reality.
  • We have added positions in the following areas: a Safety Officer that will be shared with the County; a Supervisor for DPW to deal with project management and discipline; and a Secretary to be shared between Employee Relations and Civil Service.
  • As full-time drivers have retired in the Transportation Department, we have taken advantage of casual drivers to cut costs by $130,000. Efforts are underway with various agencies and institutions to share the cost of this service, but even with that effort, the transportation fund will still need an interfund transfer from the general fund of $252,421. The city will have to assess whether or not to continue to provide this service as the cost has escalated precipitously over six years.
  • The Golf Fund reflects cart revenue that will provide for staffing, marketing and course improvements. The fund also shows an increase in its reserves.

We can be cautiously optimistic and plan for continued improvement of our fiscal condition given the work we have done in the past year to overcome our challenges and the excellent caliber of our staff. I am very grateful to our department heads for submitting budgets that held to the tax cap and still provide essential services to our constituency. I am especially appreciative of the long hours Controller Matthew Agresta and Corporation Counsel Gerry DeCusatis devoted to put this budget together in a timely fashion.

I respectfully offer this FY 2014/15 Proposed Budget to the Common Council and the hope that they are sensitive to the needs of each department and our labors to grow our community through responsible investment.

Mayor Ann M. Thane

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