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Trustee - Lynn E Dumar
Trustee - Walter Boyd
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Oct 2014 Newsletter has been posted at left marked "Newsletters".

Water-Sewer bills to be mailed....

Water-Sewer bills are scheduled to be mailed October 1.  Payments will be accepted Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Village Office. 8 E. Main Street or by mail to PO Box 447. Fonda, New York 12068.  If you have not received your bill by October 7th, please call the office (518.853.4335) to request a replacement copy.


A property owner who has failed to receive his/her water bill in a timely manner is still responsible for the timely payment of water/sewer rents and any late penalty. An owner of real property has an obligation to be aware of the existence of water meter on his premises and take appropriate action to see that the meter bills are rendered and paid. An implied contract arises between the property owner and the municipality for use of water during the period for which he was not billed and the owner is liable for the unpaid water/sewer rents plus any late penalties. The meters shall remain the property of the Village of Fonda. Any damage to a meter sustained by reasons of carelessness by the owner, or his/her tenants of the premises shall be replaced by the Village of Fonda at the property owner's expense.


According to Local Law 1-1976, Providing for the institution, administration and collection of sewer rents in the Village of Fonda, Montgomery County, New York, Section 5 f reads; "The minimum charge for sewer rentals established by this chapter shall be charged even if the property is unoccupied and no consumption of water is shown on the water meter, or if no sewage is discharged into the sewer system."



Effective April 9, 2012:  Charges to unmetered properties will be assessed a flat rate fee of $500.00 biannually or upon each billing cycle, beginning with the bill date October 2012.  Non-compliance shall mean the property owner has not contacted DPW within 30 days to make appointment for access or the property owner has not allowed unfettered access to the property by DPW for work needed.  In all cases, access and completion of work must be completed with 90 days of notice.  Removal of awnings or panels, or other requirements needed to access the water line will be at the expense of the property owner.  Meters for mobile homes must be installed in a climate-protected area for prevention of freezing, at property owner’s expense.


October 15, 2013: Resolution #14-2013 states " A written request for a billing review must be made within 30 days from the date the bill is rendered, stating the reason for the review.  Complaints for bills more than 30 days from the billing date will not be reviewed.  


Local Law #2-2014 Providing for  the Institution, Administration and Collection of Sewer Rents in the Village of Fonda, New York adopted March 2014:

Section 6 A charge of thirty dollars (30)  will be made whenever any water service is disconnected or reconnected because of non payment of sewer rent or other charges relating to the use of the sewer system


Flood Mitigation Funding Request
Based on recommendation from our engineers we will be requesting funds to mitigate repeated flooding as inidicated within the NYRCR Countywide Resiliency Plan, menu item on left.   Details are included within the document found on that page.

Message from Mayor Peeler August 13, 2014

It is hard for us to determine the time it will take for the line to clear and will differentiate by each main line.Some homes have a yellow tint this morning and others are already clear.


There are a number of reasons why we give a large time frame window for flushing the hydrants, i.e. “the week of the 11th”. 1. The time scheduled to flush hydrants may be interrupted by emergency work the DPW crew may be called for and the flushing would have to be suspended; 2. During the flushing of the hydrants we sometimes will experience a line break that could take up to three days for repair; 3. Finally, we do not know how long each line will take to return to normal. In many cases this is within 12 hours, in other cases it may take longer.


The idea of flushing the lines is to move minerals (sediment) and the alike from the lines so we do not have a buildup in the system. If we did not do this we could see regular discoloring, after time, on a daily basis.


Certainly it is our hope that most of the system would have been clear by this morning with some clearing by the end of the day. If you do not see your water turning clear by this evening you should contact the Streets and Water Commissioner tomorrow morning at 853.4335 extension 25.


The DPW Crew completed the flushing of the system at about 1:00am this morning having started at 8:00pm. They did notice some lines took longer to clear than others. Having said this, if your line was flushed at 8 and another was flushed at midnight, your line will more than likely clear before the other.


Thank you for your patience and please report any continued discoloring beyond this evening to the commissioner.

Letter from the Mayor Aug 11, 2014

Firstly - the Village of Fonda will be flushing hydrants this week. This is to replicate the direct notices, digital media announcements and that provided to the local newspapers, and I am told, printed in the local newspapers.


To answer concerns of the Village water users regarding the disturbance in the system last week:


The water commissioner and the DPW crew had to complete work at our filtration plant without any notice. The type of work that had to be completed should not, I stress, “should not” have caused a disturbance in the complete system. Notice was given to users in the immediate area surrounding the filtration plant as soon as we knew of the work.


Contrary to opinion, once notice was received regarding discoloration in the water I ordered the water commissioner to have a crew go out at 8PM last Thursday, August the 7th and flush lines wherein complaints were received as an emergency response to clearing the system. By the next morning we received reports that most of the water system was coming through clearly at taps within the village homes. The Board of Trustees and myself do not receive any special notice (unless we were aware of user complaints) and in fact for most of us we received the same notice our users of the system did, by turning our faucets on at our homes.


The flushing of hydrants this week has been publicized in newspapers and through digital media. For some of our businesses (large capacity users) it is difficult to plan on auxiliary water supplies no matter how much notice is given due to the amount of water used. This is why our crews, have and will, continue to give these users direct verbal notice of flushing whenever possible.


Regarding the timeliness of flushing hydrants and scheduling of our crew. Since coming in to office and discussion with our water commissioner, we have started flushing hydrants in the evening hours, normally 8:00pm or later. The reason for this move was to allow users of the system to come home and allow time for families to have dinner and tend to the needs of their homes. By flushing the system in the evening hours most, not all, of the system should be clear by the next morning for regular use. Just like all of you, we too have to obtain bottled water to have for morning use.


For those of you that have been to a meeting over the past months, you are aware of the discussions the Board of Trustees has had regarding the state of our infrastructure, meaning our water and sanitary sewage lines. The outlook for the system as a whole is not good and is in dire need of replacement. We have begun working on the sanitary system through grant money received last year and will continue to request additional funding as it is available and such is the case again this year. The engineering firm employed by the both Villages has determined that just in the area of the East Main, Bridge and East Park Streets, 2.5 million dollars in replacement costs for sanitary lines are needed. This is what many of us suspect will be replicated throughout the Village.


With regard to the suggestion that we use the reverse 911 systems to notify users at the times we are flushing the system or when other issues arise, we have looked at this in the past and have had discussions with the school district. The school at that time informed us that use was limited. I will approach this suggestion with the Board of Trustees at our monthly meeting this evening to see what is required and if it is feasible for the Village to have use of this system. The Village has and will continue to provide services to our taxpayers and residents, and we will continue to work and overcome the obstacles faced. We invite you to notify the Village office of any issues that you observe and attend Village Board meetings to see what we are doing.



Bill Peeler, Mayor

Sample letter to reps fund creek mitigation


Please help us and join in our pursuit.



After this weekend's latest flooding of Broadway, the Village of Fonda will "again" seek assistance from Town, County and State officials in obtaining the funding and engineering to mitigate flooding to our village. Below please find a sample letter of support of this endeavour which will be forwarded to our representatives and local officials. You may write your letter to the Mayor for delivery to all involved or if you prefer, send a copy directly to:


Ed Bishop, Town of Mohawk Supervisor
PO Box 415, 2-4 Park Street
Fonda, NY 12068

Ryan B. Weitz, Legislator - District 4
County Annex Building
P.O. Box 1500
20 Park St.
Fonda, NY 12068-1500

Mathew Ossenfort, County Executive
County Annex Building
P.O. Box 1500
20 Park St.
Fonda, NY 12068-1500

Montgomery County Legislators
County Annex Building
P.O. Box 1500
20 Park St.
Fonda, NY 12068-1500

Angelo Santabarbara, Assemblyman

District Office
1170 Riverfront Center
Amsterdam, NY 12010

Cecilia Tkaczyk, NYS Senator
Albany Office
311 Legislative Office Building Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12247

Jerome Hatfield, Administrator Region II
Federal Region II
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278-0002

Paul Tonko, U.S. Congress
Amsterdam Office
61 Church Street, Room 309
Amsterdam, NY 12010




Please help us and join in our pursuit Thank you for your interest and concerns.


"Date: ______________________



Mayor Peeler

PO Box 447

Fonda, NY  12068                                               

                                                                            Re:        Support for Mitigation Funding Broadway Creek

                                                                                          Village of Fonda, New York



Dear Mayor Peeler:


This letter stands as evidence of my strong support for mitigation of the Broadway creek and the infrastructure (storm drains) of the Village; currently the Village is working with engineers on a previous grant received for inspection and recommendations to our sanitary lines (sewage) and they have found $2.5 million dollars is needed in repair and replacement just in the Bridge and Park Street areas alone. We know that these findings are going to continue to be the same for much of the Village - this with needed storm drain replacements and repair is going to be beyond the abilities of the Village without assistance.

We will ask our representatives to come and tour the areas that continue to flood our village and discuss our ideas of what may be done and will be asking for support.  The village of Fort Plain repeatedly asked for assistance with a creek in their Village, and we all witnessed the result of that Village’s unanswered calls.

This single creek not only threatens our resident homes on Broadway, but our churches, library and commercial establishments on Main Street. Only because our DPW crews have done what is within their ability to maintain and keep the creek free of debris and our working storm lines clear, have we been able to avoid regular flooding and serious damage to our Broadway and Main Street areas. This is not cost effective and is not a long-term solution. Since 2006 to present, the number of flooding events in this area has increased tenfold, from what used to be a “once in a lifetime” event. 

We strongly agree the current map from FEMA does not appropriately represent the “at risk” properties on Main Street.  Economic Development, regional or otherwise, can not be achieved under these circumstances when the three main State Highways within our Village are repeatedly impacted by excessive rains.





Legal Notice AUD Filed


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Clerk-Treasurer has filed the Annual Financial Report for the Village of Fonda for the year 2014. The Annual Financial Report is a public record and open for inspection during regular office hours (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) Monday through Friday at the Village Office, 8 East Main Street, Fonda, New York 12068


JoAnn M. Downing
Village Clerk-Treasurer


2014 Montgomery County Rabies Clinics Schedule
February 19, 2014

Saturday, October 4th Fultonville Animal Hospital, VanWagenen Drive, Fultonville 9:00 am - 11:00 am
*Saturday, October 18th Florida Town Highway Dept., Fort Hunter Rd., Minaville 9:00 am - Noon
Saturday, November 1st Mohawk Town Barn, Park Street, Fonda 9:00 am - Noon

* Vaccination is available free-of-charge to Montgomery Co residents but donations will be accepted to help defrayprogram costs.  Suggested donation is $10.00

Initial vaccination for dogs, cats & ferrets are due at 3 months of age; revaccination 1 year later; thereafter revaccination required every 3 years.  Veterinarian administration fee is $10.00 per vaccination.  PUBLIC HEALTH LAW REQUIRES DOGS, CATS AND FERRETS BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES. Pets not vaccinated in a timely manner may not be protected from rabies.  Pet owners revaccinating animals should bring the pet's last rabies vaccination certificate.  For more information on rabies call 853-3531 or your veterinarian.

USRDA Program

April 2014

 Dear Community Member:


Do you or someone you know own a home in need of repairs?  Considering a new heating system because of high fuel costs?  Looking to replace your old windows with energy efficient windows?  Is your home in need of any residential energy efficiency improvements?  USDA Rural Development may be able to help. 


The USDA Rural Development 504 Loan/Grant program provides help to very-low income owner occupants of modest single family homes in need of repair that are located in rural areas.


Some examples of repairs that could be provided are: ramps for accessibility, roof replacement, septic system repairs, drilling of a well, insulation, furnaces, handrails, etc.


USDA Rural Development staff is available to speak to your group on the 504 Loan/Grant program and answer any questions they may have.  Please contact us at (518) 295-8600 ext. 4 for more information or to schedule a date for us to speak to your group.




/s/ Jeffrey S. Archer


Area Specialist

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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