Notice of Special Meeting

June 22, 2018NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting will be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Monday, June 25, 2018, commencing at 6 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Senior Center, 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of reviewing a proposed agreement under which Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPP) and Honeywell International, Inc. (Honeywell) will make payment to the Village for water and sewer revenues for Village fiscal years 2015–2016, 2016–2017, and 2017–2018; reviewing a proposed tolling agreement by the Village and SGPP and Honeywell; presentation by the New York State Department of Health on blood testing; presentation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on the alternate water supply study and site investigations at McCaffrey Street and Liberty Street locations; together with any other business that may come before the Board of Trustees. Download the Agenda.

Village of Hoosick Falls to Vote on Limited Agreement Regarding PFOA

DOH and DEC will additionally provide updates on state’s ongoing response and cleanup efforts.

June 22, 2018—The Village of Hoosick Falls will be convening a special meeting Monday, June 25th at 6 PM to consider a proposed limited agreement between the Village of Hoosick Falls, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and Honeywell. This meeting will also provide essential updates from the Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation on the biomonitoring initiative, the alternate water supply study, and the ongoing investigations and cleanup processes.

The proposed limited agreement, which the Board of Trustees will consider, pertains only to the Village's lost water and sewer revenue since news of the PFOA contamination in our water supply broke in 2015. This agreement will reimburse the Village $195,478.50 for lost water and sewer revenue for the previous three fiscal years.

A previous limited agreement that the Board of Trustees accepted in February reimbursed the Village for $330,000 in engineering and other expenses, and like this new one, does not limit the Village's right to pursue further remedies against the companies for other costs and damages incurred by the Village.

Additionally, under consideration is a one-year tolling agreement, which provides that neither party would sue the other for the next year, but does include a 30-day notice to end the agreement that either party may use. The purpose in entering the tolling agreement is to allow the Village and the companies an opportunity for further discussions in an effort to resolve all issues without the need for litigation.

"This is another important step forward for us as we work towards making the Village whole again from the ordeal it has been through," Village Mayor Robert Allen said. "This will reimburse us for one part of the list of losses we have taken while maintaining all of our rights in the future."

Mayor Allen is also agreeable to the tolling agreement. "The latest data shows that the investigations into the two main Superfund sites will continue to expand in size and scope, so more time to get a complete understanding of the contamination is beneficial to us. In the meantime, we will continue negotiations with the companies, as more still has to be done. If negotiations do break down, we can invoke the 30-day notice to end the tolling agreement, and commence litigation."

The meeting will occur Monday, June 25th, at 6 PM in the Hoosick Falls Senior Center.

Downloads:
Full Press Release
Special Meeting Notice
Special Meeting Agenda
Proposed PFOA Agreement
Tolling Agreement

Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) Meeting

May 15, 2018—The meeting will be held Monday May 21st at 6:00pm at the Hoosick Falls Central School cafeteria. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend this meeting.

The Village and the LWRP Committee is working on this project with the engineering and planning firm of Barton and Loguidice. The following is the basic agenda for the meeting.

  • We are seeking input from a variety of stakeholders on the direction of the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP). This plan will establish a vision, goals, and actions to revitalize the community and establish scenic, recreational, and storm resilient connections to the Hoosic River.
  • This initial public meeting will provide a summary of the project’s origins and goals with the purpose of identifying issues of concern for the community. Prioritizing areas of concern and opportunity will help the LWRP Committee and the consulting team to develop a draft Community Vision and Goals that will be presented to the public for feedback later this summer.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to interact and discuss specific details and steps of the process directly with LWRP Committee Members and with consultant representatives throughout the evening. No one knows the neighborhood better than those who live and work there. We would greatly appreciate your insight and participation.

Notice of Public Hearings

May 2, 2018—On May 8, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Municipal Building, there will be a public hearing to discuss two proposed local laws: Introductory Local Law No. 2 of 2018 - ‘A Local Law to Enact Parking Restrictions on Certain Sections of Elm Street in the Village of Hoosick Falls’, and Introductory Local Law No. 3 of 2018 - ‘A Local Law Amending the Village of Hoosick Falls Zoning Map’. Complete copies of these proposed laws are available for inspection at the Village Clerk's office. The complete official public notices can be viewed here.

RFP—Engineering Services Related to Drainage Improvements to the Woods Brook

April 10, 2018—The Village of Hoosick Falls is requesting qualifications for Engineering Services for the Office of Community Renewal CDBG-Public lnfrastructure-funded project #546PR31-17.

Responses to this Request will be accepted until local time, 3:00pm, on May 3, 2018 at the Office of the Village Clerk, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090. Please mark on the outside of the envelope, "Response to Engineering RFP—Village of Hoosick Falls/Town of Hoosick—Woods Brook Drainage Improvement Project". Respondents are required to submit one (1) original and eight (8) copies of their proposal.

Download the full notice

NOTICE of Special Meeting

February 26, 2018—The Village of Hoosick Falls is notifying the public of a Special Meeting to be held tomorrow (Tuesday, February 27th) at the Municipal Building at 7:00pm. The agenda contains a single resolution that would allow the Village to accept funds from Saint-Gobain and Honeywell in the amount of $330,251.48 to cover certain costs related to expenses the Village has taken on throughout the PFOA situation.

There are several important points to understand regarding this possible acceptance of funds:

  • This is not a settlement agreement: this is simply the Companies reimbursing the Village for certain costs the Village has had to bear.
  • This reimbursement does not in any way alter or give up any rights the Village has relative to costs not being reimbursed. In other words: the Village retains all rights and claims otherwise available against the Companies.
  • This is not an admission by the Companies, and they also reserve all of their rights.
  • The Companies are not receiving a release in any way related to the damages that the Village has incurred.
  • Included in the payment are direct expenses and engineering costs.

This is an important first step in a longer path towards making the Village whole again.

Please note: If the size of the meeting room at the Municipal Building proves to be too small, we will shift over to the Senior Center (Rensselaer County Regional Services Center, 69 Church Street, Hoosick Falls, New York), with an adjusted start time of 7:15pm. This location and start time will only be used in event of a change of location.

Documents:
Notice of Special Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Resolution to be Considered

SBA makes low-interest loans available to July 2017 flood victims

Small Business Administration

Reps will be in Village Hall this week to answer questions and help with applications

February 20, 2018—With FEMA officially denying NYS's appeal to label the July storm a disaster, we now know that there will not be any FEMA assistance for the July storm.

Fortunately, the U.S. Small Business Administration has made it possible to allow businesses and homeowners to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The SBA will be placing customer service representatives at four Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

Rensselaer County's location is right here in Hoosick Falls - at the Municipal Building, located on 24 Main Street.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday (2/20): 11am - 5:00PM
Wednesday (2/21): 9am - 5:30PM
Thursday (2/22): 9am - 5:30PM
Friday (2/23): 9am - 5:30PM
Saturday (2/24): 10am-2PM
Sunday: closed
Monday: (2/26): 9am - 5:30PM
Tuesday: (2/27): 9am - 3:30PM

You can download the official press release and fact sheet that explains the details of the loan.

From the Mayor: Water Updates

February 17, 2018—We've had several water updates from the February Board Meeting, including how we have expanded our water testing methods to include GenX and other PFOA replacement chemicals. We have shared those results on the water website. Also, testing showed new PFC chemicals detected in the "midfluent" portion of the GAC. This is between tank 1 and tank 2 of the two-tank GAC filtration system. Tap water continues to be non-detect for all PFCs.

Additionally there was an update on alternate water supply, an update on data results from the first round of blood testing (2016-2017), and an update on the second round of blood testing (to begin this spring).

All of the information from this meeting is posted on the Testing page of the water website under the February 14, 2018 entry.

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