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Water Shut Down

April 27th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to a water valve repair on Bunn Street there will be a water shutdown, Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Streets with no water will be Storrie Street from Market Street to Chestnut Street; Bunn Street from Market Street to Thomas Street and Market Street from Trinity Place to Prospect Street. RESIDENTS IN THIS AREA WILL ALSO NEED TO BOIL THEIR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ONCE THE WATER IS TURNED ON.

Residents within the surrounding areas may also experience low water pressure or dirty water during this time. THERE WILL BE NO BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR THIS AREA.

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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MAYOR’S BUDGET MESSAGE

April 6th, 2016

It is a privilege to present my first annual budget (proposed) to the City of Amsterdam Common Council and citizens.

In order to limit the increase in taxes and user fees some difficult decisions had to be made.

As many of you are aware we are making tremendous progress within the Controller’s Office as our outside accounting firm has been closely working with the Controller and his staff.

This budget maintains the quality of services our community needs and has come to expect. Everything from public safety to infrastructure to blight, we have tried to address all areas in this our first 100 days.  I believe this budget is crafted to be fair while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

The property tax levy is under the state mandated cap coming in at less than 1% or .13 cents per thousand of assessed value.

Areas of Concern

Police salaries have risen $249,000.00 for the fiscal year 2016-2017, necessitating the proposed cut to the Deputy Chief position as well as an additional dispatcher.  These cuts are necessary to implement a long range plan that will increase public safety services while being financially sound.

Proposed sales tax reduction of some $200,000 mostly contributed by the reduction in gasoline prices.  Our projection for Sales Tax Revenues was decreased by $200,000.00 in this budget in light of the recent decline in gasoline prices which help to support our Sales Tax Revenues.

Transportation fund will operate at a deficit, and we are currently exploring all options to alleviate this while at the same time attempting to maintain necessary services.

Solutions

Employee Benefits down 76K

The rate decrease in the sewer fund is counter balanced by the water fund rate change.  This allows the city to profit from its water sale and utilizes those funds to reduce the city property tax burden.

We will continue to move forward with the solar energy projects that began under the previous administration that are projected to save the City hundreds of thousands of dollars over the long term on our energy costs.

This administration will continue to look for areas of consolidation and savings.  I believe we have put together a budget that not only is within the tax cap, but provides all the essential services to our residents.  I would like to personally thank our controller for all his help and the dedication he has shown in assisting me with crafting my first budget.

I submit this 2016/2017 proposed budget to the Common Council with the hope that they remain sensitive to the needs of our city.

Respectfully,

Michael J. Villa

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Garbage Pickup Week of March 21, 2016

March 17th, 2016

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE IN GARBAGE PICKUP ON FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016 (GOOD FRIDAY). GARBAGE WILL BE COLLECTED AS NORMAL.

THERE WILL ALSO BE NO CHANGE IN BUILK PICKUP OR RECYCLING PICKUP ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016. RECYCLING WILL BE COLLECTED ON THE WEST SIDE OF ROUTE 30 NORTH AND THE SOUTHSIDE.

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Boil Water Advisory Lifted

March 10th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that the boil water advisory on Division Street from Caroline Street from Yeoman Street and Caroline Street from Guy Park Avenue to Division Street has been lifted. All bacteria testing has been completed and results are satisfactory. You do not need to continue to boil your water.

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BOIL WATER ADVISORY -DIVISION ST.

March 8th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to water utility work on Division Street that was done today, March 8, 2016. Residents on Division Street from Caroline Street from Yeoman Street and Caroline Street from Guy Park Avenue to Division Street WILL NEED TO BOIL YOUR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. BRING YOUR WATER TO A ROLLING BOIL AND BOIL FOR 1 MINUTE.

If you should have any questions about this boil water advisory, please call the Engineering Department at 518-841-4301.

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Civil Service Exam

February 29th, 2016

Notice of Examination

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

Senior Key Board Specialist being held April 2, 2016 with the last filing date of March 17, 2016. The fee to apply is $10.00.

Foreman – Streets being held May 14, 2016 with the last filing date of April 4, 2016. The fee to apply is $15.00

Applications are being accepted in the Civil Service Department of City Hall 3rd Floor.

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Boil Water Advisory Has Been Lifted

February 26th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that the boil water advisory has been lifted. All bacteria testing has been completed and results are satisfactory.

If you should have any questions, please call the Water Treatment Plant at 518-843-3009.

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BOIL WATER NOTICE

February 23rd, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Amsterdam boil water notice has been revised to the following:

Van Dyke Avenue from Northampton Road to Lindbergh Avenue; Coolidge Road from Market Street to Romeyn Avenue; Pershing Road from Coolidge Road to Romeyn Avenue; Romeyn Avenue from Lindbergh Avenue to Northampton Road.

NOW INCLUDES: Henrietta Heights area (ALL streets west of Northampton Road from Phillips Street to the North City Line, including Henrietta Blvd. and Evelyn Avenue).

Residents in all the above areas will need to boil their water until further notice.

If you should have any questions about this boil water advisory, please call the Department of Public Works at 518-842-3691 or the Engineering Department at 518-841-4301.

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Water Shutdown Feb. 23 and 24, 2016

February 17th, 2016

The City of Amsterdam announces that due to water utility work on Van Dyke Avenue there will be a water shutdown, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 and Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Streets with no water will be Van Dyke Avenue from Northampton Road to Lindbergh Avenue; Coolidge Road from Market Street to Romeyn Avenue; Pershing Road from Coolidge Road to Romeyn Avenue; Romeyn Avenue from Lindbergh Avenue to Northampton Road. RESIDENTS IN THIS AREA WILL ALSO NEED TO BOIL THEIR WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ONCE THE WATER IS TURNED ON.

Streets with low water pressure or no water will be Henrietta Heights area (ALL streets west of Northampton Road from Phillips Street to the North City Line, including Henrietta Blvd. and Evelyn Avenue). THERE WILL BE NO BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR THIS AREA.

There will also be a road closure during working hours on Van Dyke Avenue from Coolidge Road to Northampton Road and lower Coolidge Road from Romeyn Avenue to Van Dyke Avenue. Drivers are asked to take alternate routes during this time as no traffic will be let through.

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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Garbage pick up – week of February 15, 2016

February 9th, 2016

The Department of Public Works announces that Monday, February 15, 2016 (President’s Day) is a holiday for the Department of Public Works’ employees.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN GARBAGE PICKUP:

Garbage normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, February 16th. Garbage normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, February 17th along with the regular collection on Wednesday.

The remainder of the week stays the same.

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