Early Notice and Public Review of Proposed Activity located in a 100-year floodplain

This is to give notice that the Village of Hoosick Falls has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for the Woods Brook Improvements Project under CDBG 546PR31-17.

Phase I of the Woods Brook Improvements Project will seek to increase flood water storage upstream through existing culvert modifications and flood water storage facilities. Future phases will include improvements to existing culverts within the Village, daylighting portions of the stream, and realigning the stream to broaden hydraulic capacity and protect existing structures to remain. Approximately 30 acres of floodplain are mapped within the Project’s assessment limits. Direct impacts will seek to improve the existing floodplains to reduce severity of future flood events. The proposed project(s) is located at multiple locations within the Village of Hoosick Falls and Town of Hoosick, Rensselaer County.

Written comments must be received by The Village of Hoosick Falls at the following address on or before August 16, 2019: Village of Hoosick Falls, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090 and 518-686-7072, Attention: Robert Allen, Mayor, during normal business hours. Comments may also be submitted via email atrweitz@bartonandloguidice.com

Upcoming Road Work in the Village

UPDATE: Classic Street and Stark Street paving will happen on Monday, weather permitting.

Over the next week, the Village DPW will be repaving some roads. Here is the tentative schedule, which could be affected by any rain or other bad weather.

Snow Street & Classic Street Milling: Tuesday, August 13th. Paving: Wednesday to Friday, Aug 14th - 16th

Albany & Saratoga Streets (in conjuction with the Town of Hoosick DPW): Paving: Wednesday to Friday, Aug 14th - 16th.

Stark Street: repaving will be at the end of the above paving, either late this week or early next week.

PLEASE NOTE: During these times listed above, NO PARKING will be allowed on these streets during the hours of 7am to 5PM each day.

The Village DPW has recently finished drainage and patch fixes on Richmond Avenue and Church Street. We want to thank them for the quality work they are doing, and we also want to thank all of you for your patience in the process.

Notice to Residents in the 3rd & 4th Ward regarding Water Service Interruption on Thursday 7/10

This notice is to residents on the following Village Streets: RENSSELAER - SNOW - CONGRESS - OAK - CARR - ONEIL - PARSONS (from Snow Street to Fairbanks).

Water service will be interrupted on Thursday, July 11th from 8:00am until approximately 4:00PM due to the installation of the new Rensselaer Street Pump Station.

We are asking you to plan ahead and be ready to use no water at all starting at 8am on Thursday. Once the water is turned back on (around 4PM), expect some discoloration for the first few minutes of water use. Let the water run until the discoloration is gone.

This is the final step in water infrastructure improvements in this part of the Village, which included last fall's new water main along Snow Street.

We sincerely thank you for your patience and cooperation in this process. Feel free to contact the Village of Hoosick Falls Water Department with any additional questions at (518) 686-0200.

Village Mayor Robert Allen releases statement regarding New York State's latest announcement to proceed with MCLs on PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that he is directing the Department of Health (DOH) to begin the process of adopting Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane. This is an essential and important step to assure the protection of public health in New York. We extend our thanks to Governor Cuomo and the Drinking Water Quality Council for proposing the lowest MCLs in the Nation for PFOA and PFOS.

The establishment of the MCLs is not the end of the process. We recognize that the science is advancing and we anticipate that over time those values may need to be lowered as further data is gathered and studies are conducted.

Hoosick Falls has been on the front line of PFOA and PFOS exposure, and the lessons learned from our experiences have played important roles in driving the dialogue across the state and country on PFAS chemicals and drinking water standards. From changes in state legislation to proposed bills in Congress, many residents of Hoosick Falls have given up their time and energy to push forward on this important concern. That effort has been expended out of an awareness that the health and well-being of our families and community are at stake. To all who have participated in this process and who have made their voices heard...Thank you.

This is an important step forward for our state, and especially with the profound lack of a federal response to these contaminants, we appreciate New York becoming a leader in responding to PFAS contamination. We look forward to the completion of the MCL process in a few months.

VILLAGE BOARD TO VOTE ON $255K INTERIM SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT RELATED TO PFOA CONTAMINATION

Agreement covers past and anticipated costs; maintains legal rights for the Village

Tuesday, June 18th: The Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls will consider a new interim settlement agreement with Saint-Gobain and Honeywell in a special meeting to take place this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

The interim agreement includes $185,000 for past costs the Village took on as a result of the PFOA contamination, and $70,000 in anticipated costs related to the operation and maintenance of the GAC filtration system for the current fiscal year. Like both previous interim settlement agreements, this will maintain the Village's legal rights going forward.

"This agreement is another small but important step forward as we work to make the Village whole," said Mayor Robert Allen. "Not only does this reimburse the Village for more of the previous financial burden it had to bear, but it also addresses anticipated costs related to the daily costs of operating the filtration system, something the Village began taking on when the system came online in late 2016. Most importantly, we still maintain our legal rights; in short, the Village’s costs are covered and the Village maintains its claims for damages against the companies."

Please click here for the full press release or the Interim Settlement Agreement.

Notice to Residents in the 3rd & 4th Ward regarding Water Service Interruption on Thursday 7/10

Monday, July 8, 2019—This notice is to residents on the following Village Streets: RENSSELAER - SNOW - CONGRESS - OAK - CARR - ONEIL - PARSONS (from Snow Street to Fairbanks).

Water service will be interrupted on Thursday, July 11th from 8:00am until approximately 4:00PM due to the installation of the new Rensselaer Street Pump Station.

We are asking you to plan ahead and be ready to use no water at all starting at 8am on Thursday. Once the water is turned back on (around 4PM), expect some discoloration for the first few minutes of water use. Let the water run until the discoloration is gone.

This is the final step in water infrastructure improvements in this part of the Village, which included last fall's new water main along Snow Street.

We sincerely thank you for your patience and cooperation in this process. Feel free to contact the Village of Hoosick Falls Water Department with any additional questions at (518) 686-0200.

Village Mayor Robert Allen releases statement regarding New York State's latest announcement to proceed with MCLs on PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that he is directing the Department of Health (DOH) to begin the process of adopting Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFOA, PFOS, and 1,4-Dioxane. This is an essential and important step to assure the protection of public health in New York. We extend our thanks to Governor Cuomo and the Drinking Water Quality Council for proposing the lowest MCLs in the Nation for PFOA and PFOS.

The establishment of the MCLs is not the end of the process. We recognize that the science is advancing and we anticipate that over time those values may need to be lowered as further data is gathered and studies are conducted.

Hoosick Falls has been on the front line of PFOA and PFOS exposure, and the lessons learned from our experiences have played important roles in driving the dialogue across the state and country on PFAS chemicals and drinking water standards. From changes in state legislation to proposed bills in Congress, many residents of Hoosick Falls have given up their time and energy to push forward on this important concern. That effort has been expended out of an awareness that the health and well-being of our families and community are at stake. To all who have participated in this process and who have made their voices heard...Thank you.

This is an important step forward for our state, and especially with the profound lack of a federal response to these contaminants, we appreciate New York becoming a leader in responding to PFAS contamination. We look forward to the completion of the MCL process in a few months.

VILLAGE BOARD TO VOTE ON $255K INTERIM SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT RELATED TO PFOA CONTAMINATION

Agreement covers past and anticipated costs; maintains legal rights for the Village

Tuesday, June 18th: The Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls will consider a new interim settlement agreement with Saint-Gobain and Honeywell in a special meeting to take place this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

The interim agreement includes $185,000 for past costs the Village took on as a result of the PFOA contamination, and $70,000 in anticipated costs related to the operation and maintenance of the GAC filtration system for the current fiscal year. Like both previous interim settlement agreements, this will maintain the Village's legal rights going forward.

"This agreement is another small but important step forward as we work to make the Village whole," said Mayor Robert Allen. "Not only does this reimburse the Village for more of the previous financial burden it had to bear, but it also addresses anticipated costs related to the daily costs of operating the filtration system, something the Village began taking on when the system came online in late 2016. Most importantly, we still maintain our legal rights; in short, the Village’s costs are covered and the Village maintains its claims for damages against the companies."

Please click here for the full press release or the Interim Settlement Agreement.

Friday deadline for CPWG interest

Tuesday, May 14, 2019—Community members interested in the PFOA cleanup progress and options for the municipal water supply are invited to submit a letter of interest to participate in the Hoosick Area Community Participation Work Group (CPWG). The CPWG will provide local residents with a voice in the process, and an opportunity to provide information, opinions, and perspectives on remediation efforts and options for the municipal water supply. Submit a one-page letter of interest to Hoosick Community Participation Work Group, Attn: The Paige Group, 258 Genesee St., Suite 204, Utica, NY, 13502 or via email at info@paigegroup.com. Letters will be accepted through May 17th, 2019.

For complete information on the CPWG, please click here for the formal announcement from April 2019.

Press Release: Justin Faatz

April 3, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On Wednesday March 26th 2019, Justin Faatz escaped custody from the Hoosick Falls Police Department. Hoosick Falls Police, along with the New York State Police and other agencies followed up on numerous leads.

It was determined early in the investigation that Faatz was in the Athol Massachusetts area. The Athol Police Department and other surrounding law enforcement agencies were notified immediately and actively followed up several leads.

On Tuesday, April 2nd at about 9 a.m., Athol Police acted on a call to check on the welfare of a person and discovered the body of Justin Faatz at an apartment in Athol. It appears that Faatz died of a drug overdose. An autopsy is scheduled for a later date.

View the complete press release.

Special Meeting for Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 6PM

March 27, 2019 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting will be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Thursday March 28, 2019, commencing at 6 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall, Municipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of rescinding action taken by the Board of Trustees at the March 26, 2019 special meeting regarding the acceptance of bids and award of certain contracts for the Village of Hoosick Falls highway garage project; and directing MRB Group to fully and timely complete the review of all bidder qualifications and references as contained in the bids received by the Village of Hoosick Falls pertaining to the Village Highway Department garage project, and to have the same completed as soon as practicable.

No other business will be conducted by the Board of Trustees at this meeting.

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WANTED: Justin Faatz

March 27, 2019Justin Faatz DoB: 07/18/1984.

Justin Faatz escaped from custody around 5:30PM. He was last seen on Main Street in the Village of Hoosick Falls.

He is wanted for escape and burglary. He was last seen wearing a grey long sleeved zip-up fleece jacket with a red T-shirt underneath, and dark colored pants, with a handcuff on his right wrist.

If you spot him, please call 911 immediately.

We will update you as things change.

Special Meeting to be held Tuesday, March 26th at 6PM

March 25, 2019—NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting will be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, commencing at 6 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall, Municipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of review and action on the highway garage grant and a grant related to the Greenway, together with any other business that may come before the Board of Trustees.

Download the agenda

Special Meeting to be held Monday, February 25th at 6PM

February 22, 2019—NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting will be held by the Village Board of Trustees of the Village of Hoosick Falls on Monday, February 25, 2019, commencing at 6 p.m. at the Hoosick Falls Village Hall, Municipal Building, 24 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, New York, for the purpose of review and action on an amended bond resolution in connection with improvements to the existing sewer system of the Village of Hoosick Falls, review of public bids and award of contract for public works associated with the sewer system improvements project, review of requests for adjustments to certain water bills issued by the Village, together with any other business that may come before the Board of Trustees.

Download the agenda

Hoosick Falls Mayor Issues Statement on EPA PFAS Action Plan

Mayor Allen says the plan is short on action, calls on EPA and Congressional Representatives to set an MCL for PFOA and PFOS immediately.

February 14, 2019—Today, Mayor Robert Allen issued a statement regarding EPA's PFAS Action Plan. Read the mayor's statement.

February Regular Board Meeting is still on, despite weather

February 12, 2019—Despite the current storm, we are still planning on having the Regular Board Meeting this evening (February 12th) at 6PM at the Municipal Building. Download the agenda.

Of Note

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The newspaper of record for the Village of Hoosick Falls is the Eastwick Press. Public notices will be posted in the paper.