Village Of Fonda
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December 2014

Welcome to the Village of Fonda.  We hope you find this site to be a great source of information.

Check back often as new items will be added on a regular basis. 

Trustee - Lynn E Dumar
Trustee - Walter Boyd
Department Pages:
Public Meetings:
Special Meeting: Resolution to approve CSX/DOT Railcrossing agreement
A special meeting of the Village Board will be held Monday, December 22, 2:00 pm in the Municipal Building, 8 E Main Street, to consider Resolution #22 which describes the terms of the agreement as a result of the latest public hearing  December 10, 2014.
UPDATE: 12/12/2014{ Public Hearing: CSX DOT Broadway crossing closure

Railway crossing agreement nears
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Updated: 10:28 AM
Recorder News Staff
FONDA -- It appears the Broadway railroad crossing will not be reduced to one-way traffic.

Pending final say from the state Department of Transportation, officials have agreed to overturn a 2013 traffic order to allow the crossing to remain open to two lanes of traffic.
Instead, the agreement, which was detailed at a public hearing Wednesday, calls to permanently close the Center Street crossing to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The overturned order would have allowed foot traffic there.

"Apparently the village of Fonda, CSX and the department have engaged in a series of discussions, which has resolved in an agreement," DOT Administrative Law Judge Robert Rybak said Wednesday. "After today, I will issue a report and recommendation to the commissioner for final agency action."

Please see the Recorder for the full story...

If you would like to receive a copy of the final report that is issued, you must send a written request to the Office of Proceedings, NYSDOT, 50 Wolf Road, Albany 12232. Reference case# 38491 and 38492

Survey Results
December 09, 2014

FYI: Here are the results of the surveys that were returned regarding interest in becoming part of the Village of Fonda


  Interest In acquiring services   Currently have the following
Become part of Village Municipal Water Municipal Sewer Storm Drains/Str lights/Improvements Garbage/Trash Removal   Private Well (age) Septic System (age) Village Water Village Sewage
Y Y Maybe Y Y   N Y Y N
Y Y Maybe Y Y   N Y Y N
Y   Y Y Y     Y (unk) Y N
N               N N
N               N N
N               N N
N               Y N
N               N N
N Don't Know N N N   N Y (10 yrs) Y N
N               Y N
N           N Y Y N
Y Y Maybe Y Y   N Y (17 yrs) Y N
N               Y  
Y Y Y Y Y     Y    
N               Y N
Y N/A Maybe Maybe Y   N Y (20+ yrs) Y N
N           Y (60+ yrs) Y (20+ yrs) N N
Y Y Y Don't know Y   Y (32 yrs) Y (16 yrs) N N
Y Y Maybe   Y   Y (?) Y (?)    
Y Y Y   Y   Y (30 yrs) Y (30 yrs) N N
N               Y Y
N               Y N
Y   Don't know Y Y   N  Y (20 yrs) Y  
Y   Y Y Y   N Y (20 yrs) Y N
Y Y N Y Y   N Y (22 yrs) Y N
Y Y Maybe Maybe Y   N Y (25 yrs) Y N
Yes No                
13 24 37              


Energy Saving Tips etc
November 06, 2014
Send an email request if you would like to receive any of these pamphlets.
Consumer Outreach Programs NYS PSC
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:46 AM, dps. sm. consumer. outreach wrote:
Dear Community Leader,
As this winter season approaches, it is important that consumers are made aware of steps they can take, and the programs they can participate in, to reduce their energy use and help control their energy bills.  We are encouraging consumers to take advantage of financial assistance programs that can make paying winter bills easier or help with the purchase of energy efficiency improvements.  Attached is a list of available publications related to the upcoming winter season, which include topics such as the rights and protections of electric and natural gas customers, what to do if utility service is interrupted, and the actions consumers can take to manage their winter energy costs. 
We appreciate your assistance in distributing these publications by placing them in high traffic areas in your community.   
Thank you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE PROGRAMS: New York State Department of Public Service or email :

Flash Flood Information from the American Red Cross

Are You Ready for a Flood or a Flash Flood?
Here’s what you can do to prepare for such emergencies


Know what to expect
Know your area’s flood risk—if unsure, call your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, or planning and zoning department.
If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information


Reduce potential flood damage by—

Raising your furnace, water heater, and electric panel if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded.
Consult with a professional for further information if this and other damage reduction measures can be taken.


Floods can take several hours to days to develop—
A flood WATCH means a flood is possible in your area.
A flood WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop—


Prepare a Family Disaster Plan
Check to see if you have insurance that covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.
Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safedeposit box.


 Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit containing—
First aid kit and essential medications.
Canned food and can opener.
At least three gallons of water per person.
Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so.

(Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on.)


Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . .

a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.


When a flood WATCH is issued—
Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
Fill your car’s gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.


When a flood WARNING is issued—
Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.


When a flash flood WATCH is issued—
Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.


When a flash flood WARNING is issued—Or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately.
You may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
Move to higher ground away fromrivers, streams, creeks, and stormdrains. Do not drive around barricades. . . they are there for your safety.
If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.


Your local contact is:

 9 1 1 for Emergencies

 518.853.5500 for Montgomery County Sheriff Department non-emergency phone number



Prolonged rainfall over several days or an ice jam can cause a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area.
A flash flood from a broken dam or levee or after intense rainfall of one inch (or more) per hour often catches people unprepared.
Regardless, the rule for being safe is simple: head for the high ground and stay away from the water. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving flood water produces more force than most people imagine.

The most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming, or driving through such swift water.
Still, you can take steps to prepare for these types of emergencies. Have various members of the family do each of
the items on the checklist below. Then hold a family meeting to discuss and finalize your Home Flood Plan.


____ Determine whether you’re in a flood area.
Flood area: __ Yes   __ No


____ If in a flood area, is flooding covered under your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy?
(Most insurance policies specifically exclude flooding from rising water.)


Flood insurance:     __ Yes   __ No
____ If flooding is not covered under your homeowner’s or renter’s policy, obtain separate flood insurance.

 Insurance company: ____________________________________________________________________________
____ Keep current copies of all important papers or valuables in a safe-deposit box.


Location of safe-deposit box: ____________________________________________________________________
____ Put together a Disaster Supplies Kit in a clearly labeled, easy-to-grab box.


Location of Disaster Supplies Kit: _________________________________________________________________


____ Write instructions on how and when to turn off your utilities—electricity, gas, and water.
Instructions written: ____________________________________________________________________________


____ Decide where your family would go in case you must evacuate. Clear your plan with the
relatives or friends you plan to stay with—or go to a Red Cross shelter. Also, get an extra
map and mark two alternate ways to reach that destination. Add the map to your Disaster
Supplies Kit.
Evacuation plan completed: _____________________________________________________________________


And remember . . . when a flood, tornado, earthquake, fire, or other emergency happens in your community, you can
count on your local American Red Cross chapter to be there to help you and your family. Your Red Cross is not a
government agency and depends on contributions of your time, money, and blood.


For more information, contact your local Red Cross chapter, National Weather Service office, or emergency management


You can also visit these Web sites:
American Red Cross:
National Weather Service:
Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Questions on your assessment information?

Village property owners who have questions on the recent property assessment information should contact the Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068

Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730


  Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.


Village Property Tax information

The Village fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. Tax bills are mailed on June 1 and are payable to the Village Tax Collector during the month of June without penalty. A 5% penalty is added in July and an additional 1% each month thereafter until October. On November 1, all unpaid village taxes are turned over to the County Treasurer for collection. Village taxes may not be paid to the Village Tax Collector after October 31. Please contact the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office (853-8175) for more details.


Call the Village Office if you have not received your bill by June 7 to request a duplicate.  If your taxes are paid with your mortgage, please forward the bill to your mortgage company. 


If you feel your assessment is too high, you have the right to seek a reduction in the future.  For further information, please ask your assessor for the booklet, "How to File A Complaint on Your Assessment".  Please note that the period for filing complaints on assessments has passed.  For your legal residence, you may be eligible for a senior citizen tax exemption.  For information please call 518-853-4164 or write the Town of Mohawk Assessor PO Box 415, Fonda, NY  12068 or a member of the Board of Assessors Town of Mohawk (see contact information below) or the Real Property Tax Service Agency at the County Annex Building.


If you are disabled or age 65 or older and own and occupy a 1, 2, or 3 family residence, you may designate a conseting adult third party to receive duplicate copies of your tax bills and notices of unpaid taxes until further notice.  An application is available at the Village Office and must be filed by April 1st.  The application form may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped legal sized envelope to your local tax collector or the Montgomery County Real Property Tax Service Agency, PO Box 1500, Fonda, NY  12068 or online at:


Town of Mohawk Assessor

Stella Gittle
2-4 Park Street PO Box 415
Fonda, NY 12068
Phone: 518.853-1464
Fax: 518-853-4730


Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Local Law No. 2 of the year 1995 terminated The Village Of Fonda’s Status as an assessing unit for the purposes of Real Property Tax purposes and passes it on as a Town Assessor responsibility.  Any and all forms dealing with exemptions and assessments should be forwarded to the Town of Mohawk Assessor.


Board of Assessment Review Members

Chairman - Florence Stanton

  • Richard Blowers
  • Edward Calhoun
  • Rodd Hicks
  • Clark Subik


Board of Assessment Review Function

The Board of Assessment review meets to process requests for review that are filed each year in response to property tax assessments and is charged with guaranteeing property owners' rights to fair and impartial decisions regarding property assessments. The Town Board appoints board member for five-year terms on a staggered basis.


Contact Information:

Board of Assessment Review

2-4 Park Street, P.O. Box 415

Fonda, NY 12068

Phone: Town Clerk (518) 853-3031



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