It’s the Village of Colonie’s Platinum Jubilee!
The Village of Colonie will be celebrating 100 years of incorporation in March 2021! We will be having a yearlong celebration starting in the spring of 2021, keep an eye out for future villager articles with more details.
We are looking for your help! If anyone has old photographs or memorabilia they would like to share with us, it would be greatly appreciated! If available electronically, photographs and articles can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also bring items in person to Village Hall during normal business hours and we can scan items and return originals back to you.
Want to be a Part of History?
We are seeking artists to create a special “Centennial Seal”. This seal will be used on all correspondence for the centennial celebration. The winner will have their name published in the centennial celebration booklet that will be handed out at various celebration events in 2021. To enter, please fill out the entry form and submit it with your design. Submissions can be either e-mailed to email@example.com or brought in person to Village Hall, 2 Thunder Road, Albany, NY 12205, during normal business hours. For in-person entries, please e-mail a PDF version of your design to the centennial e-mail listed above. Entries are requested to be submitted no later than January 3, 2020.
PLEASE ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in partnership with the Town and Village of Colonie, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, National Grid, the Capital District Transportation Committee, the University Transportation Research Center, and Creighton Manning, is evaluating new LED street lighting along Central Avenue approximately between Madison Avenue (near Fuller Road) and Reber Street (near Midway Fire Department). Please consider completing a survey for the new LED lights that were recently installed on Central Ave in the Village. This survey gives residents a chance to voice their opinions on different sections of the lighting installation.
It’s the beginning of the snow season here in the northeast. We wanted to put out some information for our residents about snow removal here in the Village of Colonie and things you should be aware of when it does snow. The Village takes great pride in keeping our roads clear and safe in the winter months and we hope you appreciate all our hard work. As always if you have any questions or concerns, please give the DPW a call at 518-869-6372.
Snow Emergencies – In 2016 the Village enacted a Snow Emergencies Law. Snow emergencies are declared when snow, sleet or ice accumulates to a depth of six inches or more that makes roadways a hazard. When a snow emergency is declared, all vehicles must be removed from the roadways so that plowing, salting and snow removal can happen safely and effectively. If a vehicle is deemed a hindrance to snow plow and removal operations, the Village may choose to have that vehicle towed at the registered owner’s expense. The snow emergency remains in effect for 48 to allow crews to plow and remove snow. If a snow emergency is declared in between 11pm and 7am, it will not be enforced until after 7am.
Salting – During the day, the Superintendent and the DPW employees monitor the safety of the roadways and at night, the Colonie Police monitor the roads so we know when they need to be salted. We salt when the roadways become snow covered, but also to keep the snow from bonding with the road surface and making hard pack ice. That’s why you’ll see us out with the salters on the roads before the plows. All that salt helps break up the snow and ice to make our plows more effective. We use a mixture of rock salt and molasses product, to salt the roads. This molasses mixture breaks up snow and ice by activating and heating up the salt when it’s mixed, helping the salt stick to the roadways, and makes salt work better in lower temperature well below zero. We recommend that if you find yourself behind a salting truck to stay 100 feet back so you won’t get sprayed.
Plowing the Roads –Remember, in a snowstorm our number one job is safety. Our plow trucks are out at all hours in all conditions to clear the roadways for priority emergency personal like the police, ambulance and fire vehicles. If you do not need to be out on the roads during a snowstorm, please stay home.
Don’t crowd the plow! Plow trucks come in all sizes in the Village, from pickup trucks to small & large dump trucks to large front-end loaders. If you see a plow coming, we recommend making room for them on the road. Plows are wider than the truck they are attached to, so give them a wide berth. To clear the entire road, including the center, we need to plow over the yellow line. Plows also stop and back up frequently and make wide turns at intersections. So don’t follow too close, if you can’t see the drivers face in the mirrors, they cants see you! Stay back and let them safely do their job, help us help you!
There are specific ways roads need to be plowed and have snow removed. Plow routes are set up in a specific way to maximize efficiency of snow removal. The snow that is removed from the streets has to go somewhere, and that place is on the sides of the road. Our plow drivers do their utmost to put snow equally on both sides of the street and where it will be out of the way of traffic and for safety. We understand how frustrating it can be to finish clearing your driveway and have a plow come by that puts more snow at the end of it. But we need to keep the roads clear and safe and we hope you understand. Remember that every single one of those plow trucks drivers has to finish clearing Village roads for you before they can go home and shovel their own driveways of the snow.
Keeping Roads Cleared – Did you know that it is illegal under NYS law to shovel, snow blow or plow any snow into a roadway (Article 1219 of New York State VTL). That means when you are clearing your own driveway, you need to remove the snow onto your property. Also, if you get your driveway plowed, the plow truck should not push or pull the snow across the road. This can add snow back into the roadway and create a hazard. Any snow that is shoveled, plowed or snow blown back into the roadway after the plow has been by can freeze, become slippery and be dangerous. You can be fined and be held accountable if an accident occurs because you created a dangerous situation.
Sidewalks – We have snow removal machines to clear the sidewalks that go out when the plows do. We clear the sidewalks in the Village, including the ones on Central (from Wolf Rd. to Vly Rd.), Wolf Rd (One side only, from Country Club Motel to the Mobile Station), Sand Creek Rd (from Wolf Rd to Shaker Run), all of Lincoln Ave, Karner Rd (from Wendy’s to the Post Office). Even though these sidewalks are cleared by our crews, State DOT may come through and clear those roads and push snow back onto the sidewalks. Our workers will then go out again in a timely manner to clear the sidewalks. If you are walking during a storm, please be aware there could still be snow cover sidewalks and proceed with caution.
Fire hydrants – As soon as possible after a storm ends, we send crews out to shovel and clear around over 400 fire hydrants in the Village. We welcome any residents that want to adopt any hydrants on their property or others and help clear away the snow to help keep us safe in an emergency.
Historical moment at the Village Board meeting on January 7th, 2019.
The Firefighter Cancer Insurance Binder was signed by Mayor Frank A. Leak. New York state requires that all firefights to have cancer coverage. To safeguard our volunteer members, the Village of Colonie has chosen enhanced coverage that will protect these men and women and their future.
The Colonie Fire Company had Firefighters in attendance to show their appreciation.
When purchasing new lights, consider energy saving and long-lasting LED lights. You can also recycle your old broken lights at the Ben Weitsman scrap metal yard, 300 Smith Boulevard, Albany, NY 12202. Phone: (518) 462-4444.
Or, HolidayLEDs offers customers a chance to recycle their old incandescent holiday lights and receive a 15% coupon discount on any purchase of new, energy efficient LED holiday lights from their website. NOTE: According to their website, the program opens in October and closes at the end of February. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.holidayleds.com/christmas-light-recycling-program.aspx.
Light strands are barely biodegradable (if at all). Plastic and wire can take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose. Not to mention the risk to the animals that rummage in and near our landfills. Just as the plastic rings that bind 6-packs of cola can strangle small creatures, so can Christmas lights, turning a thing of joy in our homes into a killer in nature.
Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun, since most candy is off limits. Food Allergy Research & Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night or from Halloween events with something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy. To participate, place a teal pumpkin or sign in front of your home for trick-or-treaters to see. You can paint your own teal pumpkin or pick one up at local retailers such as Target. Stock up on small non-food treats, such as glow sticks or bubbles, and watch the magic happen as children who normally wouldn’t be able to participate get to experience the fun of Halloween! Please visit FARE’s website for more information and for printable information guides and yard signs.
During extreme heat waves, the Village Hall becomes a cooling center for those who need to escape the heat.
Many of you know Brian Casey of the Village’s Family Recreation Center, he is a retired Colonie Police Officer and also worked as a resource office at the high school. But did you also know that he has been a Boy Scout leader for many years? It was the survival skills that Bruce learned in Brian Casey’s scout troop that helped him survive being lost this summer. We’re so happy to have you back safe and sound Bruce!