Town of Saratoga News†





30 Ferry Street, P. O. Box 38Schuylerville, NY 12871†† Volume 1Number2February 2004





Text Box: Warm Greetings to Everyone!
February will be another month filled with town activities.  The next meeting of the Town Board is scheduled for Monday February 9th at 7:30 p.m.  On Sunday, February 1st , I will be attending a new supervisors training session held in Albany.  The Association of Towns will be conducting the annual Training School for town officials from February 15th thru 18th.  The school provides numerous staff development sessions that keep town officials up on the latest changes and developments in town government.  Officials that will be attending from the Town of Saratoga include Councilmen Fred Drumm, Mike McLoughlin, and Charles Hanehan, Supervisor Tom Wood, Town Clerk Ruth Drumm, Assessor Catherine Defelice, Town Justice Jack Ditch, and Town Attorney Bill Reynolds.
     Recent conversations with residents of the town, Zoning Office Bob Hathaway, and members of the Town Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals suggest that a few changes need to be made to the Zoning Ordinance and fee schedule.  We will be meeting this month to identify the needed changes and prepare for a public hearing that will be held later in the year.    The town board strongly continues to support its Comprehensive Master Plan goal of protecting and preserving agricultural land.  A guide on how to limit development pressure and keep land in farming is available from the American Farmland Trust at     
   The Town Cable committee is negotiating with Time Warner in an effort to agree on a new cable contract.  The Town Park Committee continues to investigate possible park sites.  It is hoped that an appropriate site will be located soon.
     New flags to replace the worn flags at the Town Hall and Town Garage have been purchased by the town.
Text Box: Animal Control Officer Marshall Truax has identified some additions that need to be made in the Town Dog Control Law.  The Town Board will consult with the Town Attorney and begin discussions of the proposed changes.
Planning Board Changes Meeting Night
The planning Board will now conduct their monthly meetings on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.  It is felt that by changing both the day and meeting location, the parking, lighting, temperature, and acoustics will be greatly improved. 
Updated e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for Town Board Members
Anytime you have questions or concerns about town issues please do not hesitate to contact your town board members.
Tom Wood 695-6780
Bruce Cornell   695-4195
Fred Drumm  695-6982
Mike McLoughlin   584-2318
Charlie Hanehan 587-5754
February Tax Collection Schedule
During the month of February Town Tax Collector Joyce Shaver will be in the Town Hall Conference Room on Monday's only from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Town office will be closed Monday, February 16th.   She will also collect taxes on Friday, February 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Taxes may be mailed to Joyce at anytime.
Town Assessorís News
In an attempt to maintain a tax equalization rate of 100%, Catherine DeFelice is reviewing and updating all parcels in the town. She reminds all new residents of the town to apply for the STAR Exemption and for new veterans moving into the town to apply for the Veteranís Exemption.  In addition, eligible farmers should renew their agricultural exemptions.













































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