Welcome to the City of Watervliet
It is my privilege as Mayor to welcome you to our newly designed website which is more user-friendly and easier to navigate.
Through this website we hope to effectively communicate with residents and visitors of our community and to familiarize everyone with the services and opportunities provided here in Watervliet.
Mayor Mike Manning
January 2017 Citizen of the Month - Bill Fahr
Mayor Manning, along with Councilman Foglia and Councilman Patricelli, presented Bill Fahr the City of Watervilet Citizen of the Month Award at the January 19th Watervliet City Council Meeting.
Citizen of the Month Award
The Watervliet City Council realizes that we have many residents that go above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work that benefits others in our city, and we want to recognize them. Therefore, we have started a Citizen of the Month recognition program. We are asking anyone who knows of an individual to click on the Citizen of the Month link to submit the application so we can begin recognizing them publicly. Usually these individuals fly under the radar and don’t look for, expect or even want recognition. All applications will be reviewed by a panel and then submitted to the City Council so we can present a Certificate of Appreciation. All applications should either be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to City Hall to the attention of Chris Chartrand. If you have any questions, please call 270-3815. Share this with everyone you know so we don’t overlook those that should be thanked.
Watervliet Business Council Meeting - January 10, 2017
The Watervliet Business Council will meet Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center. Click here to view the agenda.
City of Watervliet Zoning Board Meeting - January 11, 2017
The City of Watervliet Zoning Board will meet Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Citizen Center on these applications.
New Year's Day - Garbage Pick Up
There will be no garbage pick up on Monday, January 2, 2017 due to the New Year's Day holiday observance. Put your garbage out on Monday evening for Tuesday pickup. Happy New Year!
Council Approves 2017 Budget
On December 15, 2016 the Council of the City of Watervliet approved the 2017 budget. This budget has an overall tax levy of $4,231,160.00. The tax rate for 2017 is 11.1048 which is a 1.9% increase over 2016. The tax increase will cost the average homeowner in the City of Watervliet approximately $41.40 per year or $3.45 per month. View the following documents 2017 Expenditures 2017 Revenues 2017 Sewer 2017 Water for more detailed information.
Watervliet Firefighter Exam - March 18, 2017
The City of Watervliet will be administering the firefighter exam on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Packets are available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall and on this website under the Civil Service Department. Applications must be received by Tuesday, January 17th.
Holiday Tree Lighting - Saturday, December 3rd - 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The Holiday Tree Lighting will be Saturday, December 3rd from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The event will feature ornament distribution, a reading of The Night Before Christmas, refreshments including soup prepared by Mr. Gaddy's Food & Nutrition students at Watervliet High School, horse drawn wagon rides, lighting of the Christmas tree and the memorial trees and a visit from Santa Claus. This is a free event to kick off the holiday season!
Memorial Christmas Trees
Memorial Christmas Trees are available for families to purchase and will be displayed within the municipal swimming pool grounds. Families purchase a tree for $50 and are responsible for decorating it. The trees will be lit during the Holiday Tree Lighting on December 3rd. If you are interested in purchasing a tree, please call Bob at 337-9115 or Chris at 270-3815.
Click here to view revenues and here to view expenditures for the City of Watervliet's 2017 budget which will be voted on by the Mayor and Council on Thursday, December 17th. In addition click here for the water budget and here for the sewer budget.
Thanksgiving Day - Garbage Pick Up
There will be no garbage pick up on Thursday, November 24th due to Thanksgiving. Put your garbage out on Thursday evening for Friday pick up. There will be no leaf pick up on Friday, November 25th - leaf pick up will resume Friday, December 2nd.
Halloween Parade Drone YouTube Video Link
Click here to view a drone video of the after party of the 2016 City of Watervliet Halloween Parade.
Election Day and Veteran's Day - Garbage/Leaf Pick Up
There will be no garbage pick up on Tuesday, November 8th due to Election Day. Put your garbage out on Tuesday evening for Wednesday pick up. There will be no leaf pick up on Friday, November 11th due to Veteran's Day. Leaf pick up will resume on Friday, November 18th.
Water Department - Fall Flushing Notice
The City of Watervliet Water Department will be conducting annual fall flushing of the City's waterlines. The flush will run from October 13, 2016 to November 25, 2016. If you notice any discoloring of your water, we ask that you run your water for 5 minutes. If after 5 minutes you still have discolored water, we ask that you call the Water Department @ 785-7082.
Albany County Land Bank
The City of Watervliet is collaborating with the Albany County Land Bank to improve and redistribute vacant and abandoned properties. Click here to see the status of properties acquired in Watervliet.
Tenative 2017 Budget Schedule
9/15/16 Budget Workshop-Recreation & Highway
10/6/16 Budget Workshop-Sanitation and City Hall/Code
10/20/16 Budget Workshop-Water/Sewer
11/3/16 Budget Workshop-Public Safety (Police & Fire)
11/17/16 Budget Presentation
12/1/16 Budget Public Hearing
12/15/16 City Council Budget Vote
Fall Bulk Item Pick-Up Week
The City of Watervliet wants to remind residents that the week of October 3rd has been designated as Fall Bulk Item Pick-Up Week. During this time Watervliet residents can discard their bulk items at no charge. Residents must put their items out the night before their regularly scheduled garbage pick up. For more information, click here. In addition, Electronics Recycling Day will be Friday, October 7th. Drop off your electronics at the City Garage between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2016 Final Tax Assessment
Click here to view the 2016 Final Tax Assessment.
Public Hearing - June 29th at 7:00 p.m.
On June 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. this Council will hold a Public Hearing at the J. Leo O'Brien Senior Citizen Center, Watervliet, New York concerning the proposed sale of the Property, a portion of 20th Street being a strip of land approximately 50 feet wide by 103.70 long, at which time all persons interested may be heard in opposition to or in favor of such proposed sale of the Property. Click here to view the ordinance.
Minutes for May 31st Planning Board Meeting
Here are the minutes from the May 31st Planning Board Meeting.
Soul Rebel Performance Troupe Performance
The Soul Rebel Peformance Troupe, located at 1501 1st Avenue, presents ECLIPSED on July 15-17, July 22-24 and July 29-31. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children under 17 and Watervliet Senior Citizens are free. Click here for more information.
Blacktopping of the following streets will take place withinin the next two weeks: Broadway 23rd Street to 25th Street, 5th Avenue 23rd Street to 25th Street, 13th Street Broadway to 2nd or 3rd Avenue, 5th Street Broadway to 3rd Avenue, 7th Avenue 1st Street to deadend, 7th Street 3rd Avenue to 8th Avenue, 6th Street 3rd Avenue to 8th Avenue. Click here to view a slide with graphic.
Summer Concert Series
The City of Watervliet Recreation Department is excited about the 2016 Summer Concert Series. Let's Be Frank performed at the Gazebo Park in Port Schuyler (across from Stewarts) on Tuesday, June 7th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (despite the showery weather forecast) and Three Easy Pieces performed for a much larger crowd at Hudson Shores Park on Tuesday, July 12th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The third concert will feature Yankee Holler on Tuesday, August 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hudson Shores Park. This concert will include food vendors and a bouncy bounce for kids. Plans are in the works to plan another concert for September at the Civic Center field. The concerts are free of charge - all you need to bring is your lawn chair (this is a family event - no alcoholic beverages).
2016 Tentative Tax Assessment Roll
Click here to view the 2016 Tentative Tax Assessment Roll.
Citywide Garage Sale - June 3-5, 2016
A Citywide garage sale will take place in Watervliet on Friday, June 3rd, Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, 2016. THERE WILL BE NO RAIN DATES. The City will map out and list on our website (www.watervliet.com – select the box “Interactive Mapping”) your address, days and hours you wish to hold the sale on your property. The normal $10 permit fee will be waived for this weekend’s sale. All unsold items at the end of the sale must be cleared from the property according to the City’s Refuse and Recycling codes. Please do not block the public right of way (sidewalks, etc.). If you wish to have your garage sale placed on the map and list, please contact Phyllis at 270-3800 ext. 100 no later than 4:00 PM, Tuesday, May 31st. If leaving a message, please be sure to include your name, address, phone number, the day or days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday or ALL) and the hours (e.g. 9 AM to 4 PM) you will be holding your sale. Sale end time must not exceed 5 PM.
Relay for Life of the Hudson River Communities
Relay for Life of the Hudson River Communities is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. The walk is Saturday, June 4, 2016 from noon to midnight at the Watervliet High School. During the relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they've overcome. Watervliet's own Kristy Cavanaugh Scalise will be giving one of the survivor speeches. To participate, donate or to get more information click here.
Adult Bike Safety Program
An adult bike safety program will be held at the Dome on Saturday, June 4th. For more information, click here.
Green Infrastructure Project
For information on the Route 32/3rd Avenue Green Infrastructure Project scheduled for this summer,click here.
The City of Watervliet Local Development Corporation will meet on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the first floor courtroom at City Hall, 2 15th Street, Watervliet, New York.
Spring Bulk Item Pick-Up Week
The City of Watervliet wants to remind residents that the week of April 4th has been designated as Spring Bulk Item Pick-Up Week. During this time Watervliet residents can discard their bulk items at no charge. Residents must put their items out the night before their regularly scheduled garbage pick up. For more information, click here.
On Thursday April 7, 2016 the Council of the City of Watervliet will be holding three public hearings. The Public Hearings are for the purpose of hearing those persons who wish to be heard in regards to:
Proposed Local Law #1 2016 – A Local Law to Amend Chapter 230. Sewers of the Code of the City of Watervliet
Proposed Local Law #2 2016 – A Local Law to Amend Chapter 108. Animals of the Code of the City of Watervliet
Ordinance No. 1958 – An Ordinance of the City of Watervliet providing that Chapter 266. Water of the Code of the City of Watervliet be amended.
The Record's Reader Choice Awards Best of the Best 2016
Congratulations to the following Watervliet businesses that won their categories in the Record's Reader Choice Awards Best of the Best 2016: Best Burger - Black Bear Inn, Best Diner - Bob's Diner, Best Fish Fry - Ted's Fish Fry, Best Hot Dogs - Gus's Hot Dogs, Best Neighborhood Bar - Black Bear Inn
The Times Union's "Your Best of Votes" Survey Winners
Congratulations to the following Watervliet eateries that either won or placed in their categories: Best Hamburger (single location) - Gus's Hot Dogs, Best Pizza (single location) - Purple Pub, Best Fish Fry (single location) - Ted's Fish Fry, Best Hot Dog (single location) - Gus's Hot Dogs, Best Diner - Bob's Diner
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
The City of Watervliet Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Watervliet Senior Citizen Center. Two table seatings are available - 9:00-10:00 and 10:00-11:00. Click here for more information.
Spring Bulk Item Pick-Up Week
The City of Watervliet announces that the week of April 4th has been designated as Spring Bulk Item Pick-Up Week. During this time Watervliet residents can discard their bulk items at no charge. Residents must put their items out the night before their regularly scheduled garbage pick up. For more information, click here.
President's Day Holiday - Garbage Pick Up
There will be no garbage pick up on Monday, February 15, 2016 due to the President's Day Holiday. Put your garbage out on Monday for Tuesday pick up.
Christmas Tree Pickup
Christmas tree pickup will be on Fridays for the month of January. Please note that trees must have all ornaments and lights removed and cannot be in a plastic bag.
City of Watervliet Property Tax Bills Now Paid at Pioneer Bank
All in person or over the counter property tax payments must be paid at the Watervliet Branch of Pioneer Savings Bank. Payments will no longer be accepted at City Hall. For more information, click here.
Snow Emergency Notification Registration
Winter is fast approaching. Snow is coming. The City of Watervliet has a very efficient and aggressive snow emergency policy that provides safe passage on all of our City streets for the motoring public as well as accessibility for public safety and emergency service vehicles. The plan includes towing fees and fines.
If you are a City of Watervliet resident please take this opportunity to register for our snow emergency program. It's FREE. Here you will be able to register for snow emergency notification and other notifications issued by the City. Also, you may wish to review the City's snow removal policy.
Your assistance and cooperation with our plan is always greatly appreciated.