**ATTENTION**

The office at the Village of Stamford will be CLOSED on Monday 07/10/17 & Tuesday 07/11/17.

We will open again for normal business hours on 07/12/17.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


Notice of Special Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN , that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Stamford Joint Fire District located in the Town of Kortright, Harpersfield. Stamford. Gilboa, Jefferson and Village of Stamford in the counties of Delaware and Schoharie are hereby holding Special Election on April 25th, 2017 between the hours of 6:00p.m. and 9:00p.m. at the Stamford Joint Fire District Firehouse located at 111 Main Street, Stamford, New York to approve a resolution passed by the Board of Fire Commissioners on March 21st, 2017, to transfer from their equipment reserve fund a sum of money not to exceed $145,000.00 to be used in conjunction with the issuance of bond anticipation note(s) and/or serial bond(s) or a statutory installment bond(s) in an amount not to exceed $150,000.00 at the prevailing rate of interest for the purpose of refurbishing a ladder truck. All voters registered with the Delaware and Schoharie County Board of Elections on or before April 25th, 2017, who are residents of the Stamford Joint Fire District for thirty (30) days preceding to election, shall be eligible to vote.


Community Visioning Workshop

Stamford Seeks Public Input at April 24 Community Visioning Workshop

Residents Encouraged to Provide Feedback on Future of Village for New Comprehensive Plan
Stamford, NY – The public is invited to attend a Community Visioning Workshop to provide input to the Village of Stamford Comprehensive Plan Committee. The workshop will be held at 7:00 p.m. April 24th at the Stamford Central School cafeteria in the Village of Stamford. The meeting is being held to hear from the community as part of the village’s Comprehensive Plan update that is currently underway.
“This is a great opportunity for residents to tell us what our Village should be in the future, what it should look like, how we can improve our neighborhoods, and what kind of development there should be,” said Village Mayor Joan Hinman. She added, “Public input is critical to develop our new comprehensive plan that will reflect what our community really wants Stamford to be in the future. I encourage everyone to offer their opinions as part of this important process.”
The public meeting will be a workshop format, where participants will work in small groups in a friendly and informal atmosphere to identify and prioritize the issues and opportunities in Stamford, and to develop a vision statement for the Village’s future. Everyone’s input is important and will contribute towards development of the plan.
The Village of Stamford began the planning process to update its comprehensive plan in October of 2016. The current comprehensive plan was last done in the 1980’s and the Village Board determined that it needed to be updated and more detailed to assist the Village in the future. The Village is working together with planning consultants from Community Planning & Environmental Associates to review current conditions in the Village; perform community outreach; and work with the volunteer Comprehensive Plan Committee to create the new vision, goals and recommendations for the new plan that will guide future planning, development, infrastructure, capital improvements and other programming in Stamford.
For questions about the comprehensive plan process, contact Mayor Joan Hinman at 607-201-5538 or Skip Heath at 607-652-6833. Information about the comprehensive plan can be found on the website at www.stamfordny.com. Please plan on attending the visioning workshop on April 24 at the Stamford Central School cafeteria at 7 PM.


Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Stamford on April 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, 84 Main Street, Stamford, New York, 12167 to hear all persons interested regarding the proposed law on Tax Levy Limit Override.  This document is available for inspection at the Village Hall or on the Village Website.

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Stamford on April 11, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. at the Village Hall, 84 Main Street, Stamford, New York, 12167 to hear all persons interested regarding the proposed law on the 2017-2018 proposed tentative budget.  This document is available for inspection at the Village Hall or on the Village Website.


NOTICE OF 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING/ SPECIAL MEETING

VILLAGE OF STAMFORD BOARD OF TRUSTEES

NOTICE OF 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING/ SPECIAL MEETING

 

Notice is hereby given that the Village of Stamford Board of Trustees will hold its 2017 Organizational Meeting on April 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Village Hall, 84 Main Street, Stamford NY, 12167. Other Village business may also be transacted at this meeting. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

 

Gena Swantak, Village Clerk

March 22, 2017


LIFEGUARDS NEEDED!

The Village of Stamford is accepting applications for Lifeguards for the summer of 2017. Applicants must be 15 years or older and have lifeguard certification. (Note: You can apply for a position now; your training doesn’t need to be completed until June 1st.) Anyone having a WSI certification will receive a pay differential. Any interested persons may contact the Village Clerk at (607) 652-6671 Ext. *#, print the pool staff application off of our website or stop by the Village Hall for an application. Applications will only be taken until April 12, 2017.

Classes Available:

Delhi college: March 13th-May 5th
Monday and Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm. 270$
607 746 4263

Catskill Rec Center(Arkville NY):
1-845-586-6250
300$

1.April 17th-21st 9:00am-5:00pm
2.May 4th-June 29th (Thursday’s only) 4:00pm-8:00pm
3.June 26th-30th 9:00-5:00pm

There is also an American Red Cross Lifeguarding course at the Oneonta Family YMCA Monday and Wednesday nights 6:00pm -9:30pm staring March 20. Call (607) 432-0010 for more details.


PROPOSED CHICKEN LAW

Village of Stamford
Local Law No. 1 of 2017

A Local Law Regulating the Keeping of Chickens

Be it enacted by the Village of Stamford Board of Trustees as follows:

§ 1. Legislative Intent, Authority and Findings

The Village of Stamford Board of Trustees (“Village Board”) hereby finds that the keeping of chickens can play a role in ensuring a source of local food and a sustainable environment, but that the improper maintenance of chickens in residential neighborhoods can cause nuisances to nearby residential properties, and create conditions which are unsanitary and unsafe. Therefore, it is the intent of the Village Board, pursuant to Article IX of the New York State Construction, Article 18 of the General Municipal Law, and Sections 10 and 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law of New York State, to permit and regulate the keeping of chickens within the Village of Stamford (“Village”).

§ 2. Definitions

“Chicken” shall mean domestic hens. Roosters and other types of domestic fowl are intentionally excluded from this definition and are not intended to be permitted or addressed by this local law.

“Coop” shall mean a structure that is designed to house hens, which is enclosed on all sides by a roof, doors, and walls with or without windows. A mobile or portable structure that meets this definition shall be considered a coop for purposes of this local law.

“Hen” shall mean a female chicken.

“Run” shall mean an outdoor are that is enclosed on all sides, including the top, by fencing that is attached to or surrounding a chicken coop. A run shall have a doorway or hatch that allows hens to access the space.

§ 3. Permit Required

A. No person may breed, raise, harbor, or maintain hens in the Village without a permit issued by the Code Enforcement Officer. A building permit shall be required for the construction of a coop or run for the keeping of hens to ensure compliance with these provisions. A Certificate of Conformance from the Code Enforcement Officer shall be issued following construction and prior to a hen being bred, raised, harbored or maintained in a coop or run.

A. The Code Enforcement Officer may deny a permit to an applicant that cannot meeting the setback requirements or any other requirement of this local law. The Code Enforcement Officer may also deny a permit to anyone who has been or is convicted of animal cruelty violations, or is delinquent in the payment of any outstanding taxes or assessed fees.

§ 4. Regulations for the Keeping of Hens

A. General Limitations.

1. A coop and run shall only be permitted on unimproved parcels and parcels improved by a single-family residential structure.

2. There shall be no more than one coop and run on a zoned lot.

3. The maximum number of hens shall be six (6) per property.

4. Roosters are prohibited within the Village

5. Hens are permitted for personal use only. For profit sale of hens or eggs on the residential property is prohibited.

B. Enclosures required.

1. Hens shall be contained or kept in a fully enclosed coop and run. Hens may be permitted to exercise in a rear, fenced in yard with supervision provided the fence is a minimum of 5 feet high. Hens must be kept in the coop and run at all times if the coop and run are not located in a fenced yard. No hen shall be permitted to run at large.

2. Feed must be stored in an enclosed, rodent proof container at all times.

C. Minimum Standards for Condition of Coop and Run

1. The coop and run shall be located in the rear of the residential structure. A coop and run shall be permitted in the rear yard only and shall not be permitted in a side or front yard.

2. A coop shall be designed and built so that it provides ventilation and shade for hens, and protection from precipitation, cold weather, predators, wild birds and rodents.

i. Openings in windows or doors are to be covered/secured with wire mesh or screens to deter predators

ii. Access doors are required and are to be placed to provide for ease of cleaning.

iii. The enclose run must be attached to, or surround, the coop. The sides of the run must be made of wire mesh or screening to discourage predators.

iv. The run must be enclosed on all sides including the top or roof plane.

D. Area and Setback Requirements

1. A coop shall provide a minimum of four (4) square feet per hen. A run shall have a minimum of eight (8) square feet per hen.

2. A coop and run shall be at least five (10) feet from the property line and at least twenty (20) feet from a neighboring dwelling. This setback can be waived upon submission of written permission from the owner of the neighboring dwelling.

3. A coop and run shall only be permitted on parcels with a minimum lot size of 1/2 acre.

E. Sanitation and Nuisance Prevention

1. The coop or run shall be kept clean, dry and in sanitary condition at all times. Animal waste, uneaten or discarded food, and feathers are to be removed regularly with a minimum frequency of once per week.

2. Odor from hens, animal waste and related substances shall not create a nuisance for occupants of nearby buildings or properties.

3. Animal waste musts be collected, stored and disposed of regularly with a minimum frequency of once per week. Notwithstanding the foregoing, animal waste may be composted.

§5. Grandfathering

Any chicken coop and/or run existing prior to the effective date of this local law shall be grandfathered and permitted to remain in place with the 1/2 acre minimum lot size requirement set forth in Section 4(D)(3) waived, provided the following conditions are satisfied:

A. Only hens shall be permitted to be kept;

B. An inspection by the Code Enforcement Officer finds that the coop and/or run conforms with, or can be brought into conformance with the requirements of this local law within thirty (30) days of inspection; and

C. All other requirements of this local law are met.

§6. Violations

A. Any person found to be keeping hens without a Certificate of Conformance shall have thirty (30) days from the date of notification by the Code Enforcement Officer to come into compliance.

B. Any person found to be in violation of the standards set forth in this ordinance shall have seven (7) days from date of notification by the Code Enforcement Officer to achieve compliance. The Certificate of Conformance shall be revoked.

C. The Code Enforcement Officer shall have the discretion to immediately and permanently revoke a Certificate of Compliance if a person is found guilty of violating this local law.

D. Revocation of Certificate of Conformance shall signify the coop as a public nuisance and the coop will be removed from the property at the owner’s expense.
§7. Severability

The invalidity of any word, section, clause, paragraph, sentence, part, or provision of this local law shall not affect the validity of any other part of this local law which can be given effect without such invalid part or parts.

§ 8. Effective Date

This local law shall take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State.


VILLAGE CLERK WANTED (Filled 03/16/17)

Stamford Village Clerk: Full Time, salary based on experience, certifications and education, must be organized, multi-tasking, be able to attend night meetings, requires standardized clerical duties, knowledge of computers & internet,  able to take direct orders, interpersonal skills, work well under pressure, and self-motivated.  To apply, please print an application off our website or apply in person at the Village Hall.


TREE LIGHTING IN VETERAN’S PARK

Please join SVIA and TP’s Cafe as we host a tree lighting in Veteran’s Park with Santa this Sunday, December 4th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Santa will be in the Park gazebo starting at 3:00 pm. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Children are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item. For each food item, the child will receive a raffle ticket which will be entered into a drawing. If that child’s ticket is chosen, he or she will be able to light the tree at 4:30 pm.

This event is free and all food items will be donated to local food banks.


Water Law Changes (Public Hearing 12/20/16 6:45PM)

Local Law Number 6 of 2016

Amending the Village of Stamford Water Law 

Be it enacted by the Village of Stamford as follows:

  • 1 – Amendment to Confirm Fee For Re-Establishing Water Service.

Section 1 (“General Rules”), Subsection B of Local Law No. 1 of 1995 (as amended by subsequent local laws) is hereby amended as follows:

(B)       Discontinuance of service for non-payment. All bills are due and payable, net cash, within 30 days after rendition. In case any water bill or charges provided for in and by these rules shall not have been paid within 60 days following the rendering of the bill, the Village may discontinue water service to the customer, and service will not be reinstated until the water charges are fully paid. Additionally, the resident will be charged a fee of $50.00 for suspension and recommencing of water service ($25.00 for each). Moreover, an extra $50.00 fee will be charged for reestablishing a service connection after 4:30 PM. These fees must be paid prior to restoring services.

  • 2 – Sever-ability.

If any provisions of this local law is held to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions of the local law shall remain in effect.

  • 3- Effective Date.

This local law shall take effect upon filing with the Secretary of State.