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Public Notice of the Intent of FEMA to Fund a Project

July 27th, 2015

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Project # 4020-0068
Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide grant funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to the State of New York (Grantee), who will provide funds to the City of Amsterdam (Sub-grantee), for the acquisition and demolition of flood-prone properties.
The proposed undertaking is the acquisition of three properties that housed the former Carpetland business on West Main Street in the City of Amsterdam. The site is located in the Special Flood Hazard Area of the Mohawk River and has sustained repetitive flood damages over many years.
FEMA will reimburse the Sub-grantee for the costs of property acquisition, demolition of structures, site restoration, and associated closing costs. Deed restrictions will prohibit future development and the site will be maintained in perpetuity as open space under the Sub-grantee’s ownership. Due to health and safety reasons, structures located on the site were demolished in the summer of 2014.
Federal Executive Orders 11988, Floodplain Management, and 11990, Protection of Wetlands, require federal agencies to review proposed actions in floodplains and/or wetlands and explore practicable alternatives to avoid, minimize or mitigate potential impacts. The alternative to acquisition/demolition would be to leave these properties vulnerable to an ongoing cycle of flooding, repairs and rebuilding. The proposed undertaking removes structures from the floodplain and creates open space to restore the beneficial values served by floodplains and wetlands.
The public is invited to provide comments about this project. Written comments may be submitted by mail to FEMA Region II, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Square, Room 742, Albany, New York 12206-5421 or by email to FEMA

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Notice of Disruption of Water Service

July 20th, 2015

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to water repair work on Sweeney Street there will be a water shut down on, Tuesday, July 21, 2015; from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Streets without water will be Sweeney Street from East Main Street to the end.

Residents within this area may experience dirty or discolored water. This condition will dissipate if you turn on your cold water through all interior faucets for awhile and flush out the discolored water.

If you should have any questions about this shut down, please call the Department of Public Works at 518-842-3691.

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CITY LAUNCHES NEW PUBLIC SURVEY

July 13th, 2015

If you’d like to participate in the City of Amsterdam/US Department of Housing ad Urban Development (HUD)’s Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Survey you can in one of three ways:

ON THIS WEB PAGE: IMPORTANT DO NOT CLOSE THE WINDOW WHEN IT FIRST APPEARS (the program logic counts a closing as a decline to take the survey and will not reopn afterwards)

DOWNLOAD A BLANK: (see link below): Complete and either mail it to City Hall, ATTN: DCED, 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, or drop it off at City Hall or one of the sites below.

PICK-UP A BLANK and DROP-OFF COMPLETED FORMS AT: City Hall, Amsterdam Free Library, Inman Senior Center, Centro Civico, South Side Food Company and other locations to be announced. Forms will be available starting Wednesday, July 15th, 2015.
The Community Survey is the lastest step in an on-going collaboration between the city and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) which when completed will be used to develop a two-year plan detailing how HUD (as well as other federal agencies) and the city can work to address issues identified in the CNA. The information developed will also be of great assistance in speeding up and holding down the cost of revising the city’s comprehensive plan.

The survey is a direct outcome of several CNA brainstorming and roundtable events held earlier this year in which approximately one hundred community members representing all walks of life looked at Amsterdam’s strengths and weaknesses and developed potential courses of actions in a number of fields of concern. These included: public services, transportation, food, education, marketing, housing, revitalization, neighborhoods, downtown redevelopment, public facilities, and more. There are forty-seven questions, and the majority address assessing the need for particular actions in the above categories. There is a separate section specifically for high school and college students about their decision to stay on or leave the area.

The forms are anonymous and while the surveys will be tabulated and analyzed and the findings shared with the general public, individual forms will not be released. All responses received before August 10th, 2015, will be noted and considered.

For more information please contact: R.H. von Hasseln, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Amsterdam (518) 841-4323 rvonhasseln@amsterdamny.gov

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Valve Testing July 15, 2015

July 13th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to a water valve testing in the area of Schuyler Street & East Main Street on, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Residents within this area may experience dirty or discolored water. This condition will dissipate if you turn on your cold water through all interior faucets for awhile and flush out the discolored water.

If you should have any questions about this shut down, please call the Department of Public Works at 518-842-3691.

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NOTICE OF CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS

July 7th, 2015

Amsterdam Civil Service
City of Amsterdam
518-841-4341

Notice of Examination

The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission has announced the following upcoming Open Competitive exams to be held in Amsterdam:

Dispatcher (Police Department)
Foreman (Sanitation Department)
Laboratory Technician ( Waste Water/Water Treatment Plants

Exam September 12, 2015, Last Filing date August 3, 2015
Applications are being accepted in the Civil Service Department of City Hall 3rd Floor.

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Water shut down – Florida Avenue: July 2, 2015

July 1st, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to hydrant repair work on Florida Avenue there will be a water shutdown, Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Streets with no water will be Florida Avenue from Bridge Street to Arch Street; DeWitt Street from Florida Avenue to Arch Street from 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

After the water is restored, be advised that you may experience discolored or dirty water. This condition will dissipate if you turn on your cold water through all interior faucets for awhile and flush out the discolored water.

If you should have any questions about this shut down, please call the Department of Public Works at 518-842-3691.

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Change in Garbage Pick Up week of June 29-July 3, 2015

June 24th, 2015

The Department of Public Works announces that Friday, July 3, 2015 is a holiday for the Department of Public Works’ employees.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN GARBAGE PICKUP:

Garbage normally collected on Thursday will be collected on Wednesday, July 1st along with the normal collection on Wednesday; garbage normally collected on Friday will be collected on Thursday, July 2nd.

THERE WILL BE NO BULK ITEM PICKUP FOR THIS WEEK AND THERE WILL BE NO RECYCLING PICK UP THIS WEEK.

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Delinquent Fees

May 28th, 2015

“Please take notice that any delinquent City of Amsterdam 2013-2014 Sanitation, Sewer, Water and Metered Sewer/Water fees, payable to the City of Amsterdam, that remain unpaid as of June 19, 2015 (Postmark June 15, 2015, mailed ONLY to 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010,) will be relevied and become an addition to the 2015-2016 City tax bill to be issued in July 2015. For exact amounts due, please contact the City’s tax collection department at 841-4309, 841-4320 or 841-4324.”

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Water Conservation

May 28th, 2015

The Source of Supply for the City of Amsterdam continues to maintain acceptable levels of water despite the unusually hot and dry weather conditions we have been experiencing, In order to maintain these levels; I would like to ask the Community to voluntarily conserve water by minimizing water usage. Acceptable practices for watering shrubs and lawns are generally from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, when the sun is not so hot.

Conserving water helps to maintain adequate reservoir levels in the community’s potable water supply so we will not have to enforce a mandatory restriction.

This is a voluntary conservation request.

Any questions, please call Robert DiScenza, Chief Plant Operator at 843-3009.

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HUD COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING – rescheduled

May 27th, 2015

PLEASE POST:

HUD COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING!
NEW DATE: JUNE 3 • 10:30AM

The Capstone Meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow, May 27th, 2015, at the Inman Center has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

The new date, time and location are:

Wednesday, June 3rd , 2015, at 9:30am in the Community Room at the Amsterdam Housing Authority, 52 Division Street, Amsterdam, New York.

We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience and hope you will be able to attend: your presence contributed to making the first two events such successes.

If you have any questions, please contact me as listed below.

Additional information will be forthcoming tomorrow.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Rob von Hasseln
Director, Community and Economic Development
City of Amsterdam
(518) 843-4323

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