Supervisor’s notes

The following are items are on my list of negotiation topics with Active Solar concerning their proposed solar farm on North Road. Monetary amounts are omitted as we are not yet in negotiations.

  • The following are items are on my list of negotiation topics with Active Solar concerning their proposed solar farm on North Road. Monetary amounts are omitted as we are not yet in negotiations.
  • Application fee in escrow to cover processing cost.
  • Cash surety or Bond. The amount of the cash surety/bond will be reevaluated every 3 years by a qualified engineer with mandatory increases as determined by the engineer. All fees to be covered by the solar company.
  • Host package, this is money for the town. This is a sum agreed upon prior to breaking ground to be paid in two parts, 1/2 upon permit approval and 1/2 when the project is producing power.
  • Local jobs both during construction and grounds maintenance. I am also pressing this for the solar farm on 196.
  • annual tax relief for residents in view of the solar panels.
  • soil and water test for the land to be used and for the surrounding properties.
  • reasonable hours of construction and asking for the post to be drilled not pounded.
  • berm and landscaping plan to be approved by the town board with community input
  • a sum of money for the fire department to cover training and equipment associated with solar panel fires.
  • Proper drainage on the North Road frontage and an agreement for them to replace the road in the event of damage and only allow for trucks to enter from the 196 side to keep road wear to a minimum.
  • All related attorney fees to be covered by the solar company.
  • environmental studies are required already.
  • I have intentionally omitted the dollar amounts as this is a public website.
  • Many of these ideas have come from involved citizens. I am open to more input. Many of these points will translate into our revised solar law. The verbiage will be in legal terms, but these ideas will be at the core. (All of the above are Pending Board Approval following a public hearing).
  • I am still not a fan of solar farms. I have a stronger opinion that nobody should be told to do wa

Hartford Town Wide Garage Sales Saturday Aug. 11th and Sunday Aug 12th

The Hartford Town Wide yard Sales will be held Saturday August 11th & Sunday August 12th. 9am until ? To sign up please call Bonnie Williamson at 518-632-5166 or stop in the shop–As Time Goes By, 23 Hartford Main St. If you leave a message on Bonnie’s phone, please state your name, address or sale location, and phone number. Let’s hope for another good year. Dana

It is only February but I highly doubt I will approve of the 2019 County Budget. This story in this week’s ‘Granville Sentinel’ might explain why.

Haff: County will
override tax cap

By Matthew Saari
With the passage of two resolutions providing county employees pay raises, the Washington County Board of Supervisors is set to override the tax cap this year.
And it’s only February.
Hartford supervisor Dana Haff sounded the alarm at a board meeting Friday in Fort Edward.
“By adopting these we will now acknowledge that in the 2019 budget we will exceed the tax cap,” he said. “Payroll is a very large part of our budget.”
None of the supervisors present questioned this and both resolutions were passed in short order.
One resolution provided a 2.32 percent annual increase to county employees enrolled in the Civil Service Employees Association, a labor union consisting of workers in the Departments of Social Services, Motor Vehicles, Information Technology, Department of Public Works supervisors and Probation.
The other resolution provided a 2.49 percent annual increase to the Correction Officers’ Association, a labor union for county corrections officers.
“So already, without buying a box of number two pencils you break the tax cap,” Haff said. “Usually we don’t think we’re going to exceed the tax cap until September.”
In an interview Monday, Haff said this year’s tax cap for the county will be 1.9 percent.
Haff said further pay raises were likely to follow, out of solidarity.
“I doubt that those supervisors that supported Dan Shaw of Easton for county budget officer would have done so if his platform was to override the tax cap,” said Haff. “Payroll is a huge part of the county budget, well over 80 percent, and by accepting the labor unions’ settlement which is a payroll increase above the tax cap, you will bust it just by that alone once you figure in parity for the other non-union workers.”
Haff clarified that he isn’t against giving pay raises to government employees but those responsible for deciding the pay increases need to first examine if such increases are fiscally feasible.
“My premise is you should only pay what you can afford,” he said. “Many citizens are tapped out now regarding their property taxes but that does not seem to bother a lot of supervisors.”

Hartford Cell phone tower info

The recently constructed 4G cell phone tower on Dick Hill is up and running bringing an improved signal to many, but there are still a few people that have not seen much in the way of improved signal.

The tower is owned by Horvath Communications and they are leasing space to Verizon. This tower is not exclusively a Verizon one because Horvath is in the business of making money by having providers rent space. The more carriers that are on this tower, the better their bottom line is and justifies building in Hartford. If you are a customer of ATT or Sprint, etc. try calling them and request that they consider coming to the Hartford tower so that you can also get a better signal. This tower can accommodate more than one carrier. Internet and cell is considered a factor in quality of life these days so I would like to see more carriers than just one on this tower.

The Verizon antennas operate on two bandwidths; 1900mHz and 700mHz. The upper band offers clearer cleaner signal but is not as resilient as the lower band. After I communicated with Verizon engineers, they tweeked the tower and increased the 700mHz band to get signal to harder to reach areas. Not all Verizon customers in Hartford will see a benefit. If you live down in a deep shadowed hollow, there is not much help for you other than planting a tall telephone pole and put an antenna atop that to create a hotspot in your house, reminiscent of that TV show Green Acres.

One tip the engineers told me that can help improve your signal is to turn your phone off and then turn back on. Apparently some people never ever turn their phone off, even when charging. Their phone is their alarm clock, watch, etc and is always on. By turning off and then back on it forces the phone to re-search for a new signal. Your phone could be locked on to a weaker signal while ignoring a stronger one. After doing this my daughter’s Samsung Edge went from 1 bar to 4 bars. All just from turning off and back on. It took a few minutes to see the 4 bars as the phone did its searching.

Another thing I discovered by doing a survey in my own house is that it makes a large difference what phone you have. My house has three Verizon phones and they do not all get the same signal strength. Side by side we compared a Samsung Edge and an iphone 5. The Samsung had better signal, so I think a lot of this depends upon what internal antenna the phone was manufactured with. My ancient 12 year old Samsung 3G slider did not see much improvement. I think in order to help that I need to go back in time 12 years when it was considered modern. The tree times I dropped it in my pond over the years and had to dry out in the oven probably has not helped much either.


Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Program at the Firehouse 11/27/17

The Governor’s office, Senator Betty Little, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, and Washington County Dept of Public Safety will host a Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Program at the Hartford Firehouse on Monday 11/27/17 from 7pm to 830pm. This class is free to all citizens but you need to register for the class first. First come first serve with limited space because the room will only hold so many. Please register online at If you have trouble registering when you get to the point of trying to prove you are not a robot, call or text Tim Hardy (WashCo Dept. Public Safety) to register 518-812-9180. There will be some free Emergency items handed out to all participants. Dana

County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Washington County will hold a County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Veteran’s day 11/11/17 from 9am to 1pm at the County Municipal Center, 383 Broadway, Ft Edward.

Enter the County center parking lot by the driveway entrance near DMV.

Limit is 200 lbs dry material and 200 gallons of wet material. This is pretty generous so if you have an elderly neighbor, etc. who cannot get there, you can help them out.

Water Based paint like Latex and Acrylic paint is not hazardous and will not be accepted. If you pop off the lid of the can an let it dry out, this can be tossed out with your regular trash. Oil Based paint will be accepted.

Appointment times are suggested to help you want to avoid a long wait. Call WashCo DMV if you have any questions, etc. 518-746-2440

Please see the flyer attached

STAR Relief Checks coming soon

Last year it is estimated that over 13,000 NY residents that were to receive a check in the mail for STAR property tax relief, threw the checks out thinking that maybe it was junk mail.

These checks are due out again starting after Nov 1.

If you qualify for Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR, the checks will come automatically in the mail. Keep an eye out for it and do not throw it away.

In order to qualify for a check, you must;
1) Live in a school district that is under the tax cap.
2) Get either Basic or Enhanced STAR
3) Earn $275,000 or less
4) Have paid your school property taxes in 2017

It is one of those envelopes where you tear off the borders in order to see the mail inside and the return address should say NY State Dept of Taxation and Finance.

Here is a link for more info

Washington County to host a Household Hazardous Waste collection day

Washington County DPW is planning on offering a household hazardous waste collection day for County citizens at the County Municipal Center in Ft. Edward tentative date Saturday Nov 11 9am to 1pm (subject to possible change).

This would be free and is meant to collect old hazardous material you may have hanging around the house that you did not know how to throw away like; Oil Paint, solvents, pool chemicals, acids, old gas and oil mix, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizer, insecticides, etc.

The County is considering placing limits of 200 lbs dry material and 200 gallons liquids on each vehicle that attends.

This is meant only for residential households, not commercial.

I will have more info and confirm the date in the near future but for the time being, start gathering your stuff together. To my knowledge, the County has never held this before and it may be many years until it is held again. Take advantage of it now.

Hartford’s website is an inspiration to other local municipalities

The below story is from today’s (Sunday) Post Star newspaper. It speaks of the Town’s website that was redesigned under the leadership of Hartford Town Councilman Bob Dillon and his company Adirondack Strategic Marketing. Bob, working pro-bono due to his town position, created a collaboration with Orange Olive Design, IPress2000, and native Hartford photographer Charles Cornell to produce our revamped website. As you can see from the below story, Bob’s efforts have been gauged to be quite the success. Dana

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Yet another village has been inspired by the town of Hartford.

South Glens Falls has hired the company that designed Hartford’s new website. Recently, Schuylerville officials also agreed to pay for a redesign that they said should be similar to Hartford’s site.

South Glens Falls Village Board members hope the website will begin to be improved within a week. They voted to hire Ipress 2000 of Queensbury.

The South Glens Falls site is rarely updated, with Village Board agendas sometimes not posted. Currently, the last agenda posted was for a July 12 Planning Board meeting, but the agenda is still on the main page of the website, more than a month later.

The latest Village Board minutes that appear on the site date back to March 15.

There’s also incorrect information on the site. Residents are still directed to call Brian Abare about Public Works emergencies or “information of any kind.” He resigned in May.

Ipress offered by far the cheapest of three proposals for a website redesign. It offered to design a better site for $1,500, with no cost for updates. The company also offered free training to village employees so they can update the site themselves. That will allow the village to post updates much more quickly, said board member Nick Bodkin.

Ipress will also charge the village an annual $475 for hosting, maintenance and the domain name.

Bodkin sought out proposals for a website redesign. But he abstained from the final vote because he uses Ipress for his business, Massage Works.

Officials have tried to work with the current website provider, North Country Computer, which is based in South Glens Falls. They’ve been trying to increase update speed for months.

“But our current provider is having health issues. That has limited our ability to keep things up to date,” Bodkin said.

North Country Computers proposed $3,000 to $4,000 for a redesign and $50 an hour for updates, such as posting agendas and minutes.

Mannix Marketing also put in a proposal, for a $7,350 redesign.

Board members preferred Ipress, particularly since they don’t have any money set aside in the budget for a website redesign.

“We obviously need to update our website big time, and I think this moves us in the right direction,” said board member Tony Girard.

The board agreed they would make their final payment to North Country Computers after Ipress takes over, so the website doesn’t suddenly disappear. It is located at

You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on

Hartford’s Town Wide Garage Sales

96362-Town of Hartford-1702 for 2017

Click on the above link to see the flyer.

If you wish to sign up your sale on the map, please call or see Bonnie Williamson at ‘As Time Goes By’632-5166 before the 8/6/16 deadline.