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.


PASSED: Animal Control Law (Revised 10/4/16)

Local Law Number 4 of 2016
Amending Local Law 1 of 2006 Dog Control Law to be renamed Animal Control Law

Be it enacted by the Village of Stamford as follows:

Section 1 – Purpose

This local law shall be know and cited as “The Animal Control Law” and sets forth certain regulations to govern the control animals within the Village and the protection of persons, property and domestic animals from attack and damage.

The Village of Stamford Board of Trustees finds that the control of animals of all kinds within the village limits is necessary to keep a nuisance free, healthy and safe environment for the village residents and all who visit the area.

Section 2 – Authority

This Local Law is enacted pursuant to the provisions of Section 124 of Article 7 of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law.  The enforcement of these laws shall fall on the responsibility of the Animal Control Officer appointed by the Village of Stamford Board of Trustees.

Section 3 – All Dog Breeds

It shall be unlawful for an owner of any dog to allow or permit such dog to:

  • Run at large unless the dog is accompanied by its owner or a responsible person and under the full control of such owner or person. For the purpose of this Local law, any service dog/dogs and other dog/dogs in training accompanied by handlers shall be considered accompanied by its/their owner.
  • Be permitted in any of the streets or public places of the Village of Stamford unless it is effectively restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length and is attended by a person of adequate strength to control its actions.
  • A female dog, when in heat, should not be off the owners premises, unrestrained by a leash.
  • Attack any person peaceably conducting himself in any place where such a person may lawfully be, or attack, chase or worry or kill any domestic animal, or any cat or dog, while such animal is in any place where it may lawfully be.
  • Engage in habitual and loud howling, barking, crying, or whining or conduct as to unreasonably and habitually disturb the comfort or repose of any person other than the owner of such dog.
  • Cause damage to property of any person other than the owner of such dog.
  • Habitually chase, run alongside of or bark at motor vehicles, motorcycles or bicycles while upon private property without the consent or approval of the owner of said property.
  • Chase, jump upon or otherwise harass any person in such a manner as to reasonably cause intimidation or fear or to put person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm while off of the owner’s premises.
  • Defecate on any sidewalk, street, park, public area or private property of another person or on property owned by the Village of Stamford. When walking your dog, you are responsible to remove all feces from any property that is not personally owned by the dog owner.
  • Proper outdoor shelters along with fresh water and food for all dogs must fall under the New York Agriculture and Markets Law Section 353-b.

All dogs, 6 months and older, must be licensed with the correct corresponding Town (Stamford or Harpersfield) Clerk in accordance with New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.

Any dog found running loose through the village will be seized.  An attempt to notify the owner will be made at the address shown on the most recent Village tax roll. . The owner will have from 8AM to 6PM to claim the dog, at which time the Animal Control Officer will take the dog to the Heart of the Catskills or other similarly licensed facility. Any dog owner who is located during this search will be required to provide proof of ownership, dog licensing, and shot records upon request.  The owner may also be subject to the enforcement action in accordance with this local law if the Animal Control Officer determines a violation has occurred.

Section 4 –Feral Cats

A feral cat is a cat that has been born into wildness or has not had human interaction for a significant period of time and is self-sufficient. Under New York Agriculture and Markets Law Section 353-a it is a crime to knowingly harm feral cats. However, any person who feeds or gives care to a stray or feral cat(s), becomes the legal owner of said cat(s) under the law and is therefore responsible to spay or neuter the cat(s).

Section 5 – Wild Animals

No person shall own, have, keep or maintain any wild, exotic, or non-domestic animal or reptile, within the Village, except wild animals allowed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation or other State or Federal permitting body, and in accordance with applicable State or Federal regulations and permit conditions, shall be allowed subject to the provisions of this chapter. Any permit required by the State for the keeping of any wild animal must be obtained by the owner and shown to any Animal Control Officer upon demand.

Any complaints or reports involving wild animals within the Village should be directed to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Certified Trapper.  See Village Clerk for list of Certified Trappers in our area.

For purposes of this section, the definitions of “wild,” “exotic” or “non-domestic” animals or reptiles shall be those employed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law.

Section 6 – Dead Animal Removal

The Animal Control Officer shall not be responsible for the removal of dead animals found on local and state highways.  If a dead animal is found or observed on State Highway 23 (which includes Main St and Harper St.) and State Highway 10 (which includes Hobart Road and Lake St.), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) should be contacted and shall be responsible for removal. If a dead animal is found of observed on a Village road, the Village’s Highway Department should be contacted and shall be responsible for removal.

Section 7 – Animals Exposed to Rabies

Any owner or person having charge or being in the possession of any such animal within the Village of Stamford known to have been bitten by an animal exposed to rabies or any wild animal, shall immediately confine such animal so bitten securely, and notify the animal control officer and New York State Public Health.

Section 8 – Penalties

Any person convicted of a violation of this local law shall be liable to a penalty of fifty dollars ($50.00) for the first violation, one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the second violation within five (5) years, and one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) for the third violation within five (5) years and for any subsequent violations within a five (5) year period, the fine shall increase by fifty dollars ($50.00) for each violation.  These violations will be upheld with in a local court of law.

Section 9 – Complaints about the Conduct of Animals

Complaint by an Individual: Any person claiming a violation of this law may make a signed, written complaint to the Village of Stamford Animal Control Officer. Such complaint shall specify the objectionable conduct of the animal, the date thereof, damage caused, description of the animal, the name and address of the owner or the person harboring such animal, and pictures if available.

Upon receipt of the written, signed complaint, the Animal Control Officer will investigate the complaint, and if the complaint is found to be credible, the animal control officer will notify the owner of the complaint and investigation results by registered letter.  This will be a warning prior to the first violation.  Failure to accept the letter does not void the notification.

If the problem is not rectified, the animal control officer will issue a violation notice with a ticket for appearance in front of the local justice court.

Complaint by a Public Officer: If the Animal Control Officer or State Officer or any other Village Officer has reported a violation of this law, a violation notice with a ticket for appearance in front of the local justice court will be issued without warning notice. The Animal Control Officer or Code Enforcement Officer as designated by the Village Board may enforce the provisions of this law and the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.

Section 10 – Liability

No employee of the Village of Stamford shall render himself personally liable for any damage that may accrue to a person’s property as a result of any act required in the discharge of his duties under this Article.

Section 11 – Sever-ability

This local law shall supersede all prior local laws, rules and regulations relative to the control of dogs or other animals within the Village of Stamford, and they shall be, upon effective date of this law, null and void.

Section 12 – Effective Date

This Local Law shall go into effect as soon as it is filed with the Secretary of State.


Public Hearing October 18, 2016 at 6:45PM

Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Stamford on October 18, 2016 at 6:45 p.m. at the Village Hall, 84 Main Street, Stamford, New York, 12167 to hear all persons interested regarding the proposed changes to the Animal Control Law and for Local Law 5 of 2016 the Lawn and Tree Maintenance Law. These documents are available for inspection at the Village Hall or on the Village Website.