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30 Ferry Street, P. O. Box 38  Schuylerville, NY 12871   Volume 1  Number  10  October 2004

Warm Greetings to Everyone!

The arrival of October places us in the final quarter of the year.  Our energies are now divided between working on this year's business and making plans for next year.    The next meeting of the Town Board is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m.  Some of the items that will be covered at this meeting include: zoning officer's report, town clerk's reports, supervisor's report, and committee reports.  We continue to investigate the possibility of using town owned land just to the north of the current town hall for a new town hall.  Test borings will be conducted on this land in the near future. 

The 2005 Town budget is progressing nicely.  We conducted our first budget workshop at which we developed a tentative budget.  Our goal was to have no increase in the town tax rate but still provide for all of the needs of the town.  We were able to do this as the result of increases in sales tax revenue and an overall increase in the total assessed value of property within the town.  Over the next few weeks we will continue to review the budget categories and make adjustments as needed.  A public hearing on the budget is planned for November 4th

            Time Warner has provided the Town with a preliminary contract for cable TV service.  Bill Reynolds, our town attorney, is reviewing the contract.

            The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, October 11th for Columbus Day.

Quaker Springs Fire Department Smorgasbord Diner

On Sunday October 24th the Quaker Springs Fire Department will conduct their annual Fall Smorgasboard Dinner at the Fire House from 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM.  Please make an effort to come, support our fire department, and enjoy a delicious meal at a great price!! 


Required Annual Reporting of the Presence of Wild Animals

All persons are required to report the owning, possessing, or harboring of a wild animal under General Municipal Law §209-cc and shall file such report with the relevant town or village clerk on or before April 1, of each year.  The Report Form and a listing of the common names of the wild animals to be reported are available through your Town or Village Clerk. 

Tour the Schuyler House by Candlelight

      Tour the gracious home of Philip Schuyler by candlelight on Saturday, October 16, from 6-9 pm.  Located on route 4 at the south end of the village of Schuylerville, the present two-story house was hastily built in November, 1777, to replace a house burned by General Burgoyne as he retreated north following his defeat in the battles of Saratoga.

            Costumed guides will describe the Schuyler family and the house furnishings.  Visitors can enjoy light refreshments and period music in the colonial kitchen.  Plan to arrive early to avoid long lines.  Visitors who arrive after 8:30 pm may not receive a full tour.

            The first floor of this stately home includes a wide central hall and staircase, parlor, dining room and Schuyler’s office.  Two large bedrooms and one smaller bedroom are on the second floor.  Period furnishings, including a few pieces that belonged to the Schuyler family, grace the rooms.

            The Old Saratoga Historical Association and the Saratoga National Historical Park sponsor this event.  For information call 664-9821.

Schuylerville-Victory Water Board News

The Water Board recently reversed an earlier decision and will not increase the rate charged to residents of the Town that are on municipal water.  In the late 70's and early 80's the Town of Saratoga actively participated in securing the funds for the water tank and water line installation.  In addition the Town monitored the grant and oversaw the enforcement of construction standards.

Zoning Board of Appeals Opening

An opening for a position on the Zoning Board of Appeals has recently occurred.  Anyone interested in being considered for the position should contact Town supervisor Thomas Wood.

Saratoga Lake Association News

     The City of Saratoga Springs has recently released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) concerning the use of Saratoga Lake as a source of water.  It can be viewed at  Concerns exist regarding the watershed management plan and who will pay for it.  The official website of the Saratoga Lake Association is


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