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

Youth Commission Vacancy

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hartford Town Board has one (1) full time vacancy on the Youth Commission effective January 1, 2018. Any Hartford School District residents may submit letters of interest and qualifications to the Hartford Town Clerk, P.O. Box 214, Hartford, NY 12838.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that all letters need to be submitted by noon on
December 8, 2017 in order to be considered at the Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Town Board meeting.

Signed: Denise Petteys, RMC
Hartford Town Clerk
Dated: November 15, 2017

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.

Hartford’s Internet Tower is up and running

I am very happy to report that The Hudson Valley Wireless Internet tower behind my house on Shine Hill is now up and running. As you can see by my photo, it overlooks much of Hartford. If you can physically see the tower from your house, or the peak of your roof, etc., then you can get the internet from it. Hartford is coming into the 21st century! Next to come will be the Verizon Cell phone tower on Dick Hill.

New Area Code Coming to Washington County Starting August 19, 2017

To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 838 area code will be added to the area served by 518.  The new 838 area code will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 518 area code which covers all or part of 17 counties in eastern upstate New York, serving communities such as Albany, Plattsburgh, and Lake Placid.  This is known as an area code overlay.

There will be a transition period from March 18 to August 19, 2017.  During this time, customers can dial either the seven or ten digit number (the area code plus seven-digit local telephone number or just the seven-digit number currently used) for calls or faxes within the 518 area code.

Following the transition period on August 19, 2017, residential, business and wireless customers will be REQUIRED to dial ten digits on both calls and faxes within the 518 and 838 area codes.  The price of a call and other telephone services will not change.

After August 19, 2017 it will be MANDATORY to dial the area code (518 or 838) and the local phone number.

Reminder: Baldwin Corners bridge will be closed for renovation from June 26th to Sept 4th.

Letter from DOT (Baldwin Corners Rd Project) – Recd 06.16.2017