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Climate Smart Communities Task Force

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The Village of Delhi has recently formed a Climate Smart Task Force, as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program. The purpose of the task force is to plan and implement actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve community resilience to the worsening impacts of climate change.

The kickoff meeting was held at Delhi Village Hall on Friday, October 20th. In attendance were Kristina Zill (Climate Coordinator) and Sofia Pappas (Southern Tier 8 Regional Board Representative) among other Village elected officials and community members. 

One of the main goals of the task force is to achieve bronze level certification by accumulating points based on the CSC action list. During the meeting the action list was reviewed, and the members identified plans that were already formed in the Village to complete the Climate Adaptation Plan, like the Flood Mitigation Plan, and which plans still needed to be revised or worked on. Kristina Zill addressed items on the action list that were also part of NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities (CEC) initiatives that are called crosswalk action items, which the task force will likely focus on. Ideas for future projects were discussed, like brownfield site reclamation for solar arrays, installing electric vehicle charging stations, and solar panels on covered parking lots. The group also discussed community education ideas like an EV showcase and more repair cafes.

The task force is scheduled to meet once a month, with their next meeting on the calendar for Friday, November 17th.

ADA Compliant Crosswalks Update 11/2/2023

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Following our meeting with NYSDOT earlier today, I am pleased to announce that the railings currently positioned along Main Street in our village will be removed, and the trip hazards will be effectively addressed by sloping the sidewalk to ensure compliance with ADA standards. It is my hope that these actions will successfully alleviate the challenges we have encountered with the state's ongoing ADA-compliant projects. I thank everyone for their patience and understanding as my fellow trustees and I diligently work to resolve these issues.

Jeff Gearhart
Delhi Mayor

A Message from Mayor Gearhart: ADA Compliant Crosswalks Update

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I've been actively addressing concerns about the State DOT's ADA Compliant crosswalks this summer. I've communicated our objections to the department from the beginning, and now, I've reached out to various representatives and officials. Andrew Stiles, Region 9 Director of the DOT, has contacted me, and we'll be meeting on November 2nd to discuss how to resolve the issue. I'm open to your feedback and suggestions regarding the ADA efforts in the meantime.

Halloween

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The Village of Delhi will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, October 31st, from 4 pm - 9 pm.

Stories from the Village Historian: Village & Town

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Village and Town...As The Story Is Told

"Delaware County was created by an Act of the Legislature of New York State,, March 10, 1797 from the counties of Ulster and Otsego. The Act stipulated that a "Gaol and Courthouse be erected within a distance of two miles of the confluence of the Little Delaware River and the West Branch of the Delaware River."  The County was organized May 30, 1797 at the house of Gideon Frisbee in what was then the the Town of Kortright. (This house still stands as the most prominent aspect of the Delaware County Historical Association.) Participating In the organizational meeting of the new county were representatives of the towns of Colchester, Franklin, Middletown, Stamford, and Walton.

The building of the County Courthouse on what is now known as Courthouse Square was begun on land given, in 1798.

There was no Village of Delhi when the construction of the county’s courthouse and jail was authorized, but it was inevitable that a village would grow up around them.  The 1800 census shows that eight families had formed the nucleus of that village situated in the Town of Delhi.  The Village was incorporated by an Act of Legislature, March 16, 1821 and bears the name of the Town from which it was born.”

Adapted from the writings of Fletcher Davidson

The above somewhat stylized description of the birth of the Village of Delhi defines the beginnings of the village that the local residents know and love.  Many current villagers are 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th generations of Delhi residents, whereas others are relative “newcomers” whose families have been her “only” 40 or 50 years.   Whatever our ancestral circumstances, all of us love our Village of Delhi … located on the West Branch of the Delaware River … in the foothills of the Beautiful Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.

Due to the majestic presence of the Catskill Mountains, the intriguing presence of babbling brooks that flow through the mystical valleys created by these mountains and the delightful presence of flora and fauna indigenous to the topography of this rural area, Delaware County exudes a sense of peaceful and tranquil beauty unsurpassed by other areas of our country.  So lovely is the magnificence of this area, an early postcard producer developed a series of postcards photographically depicting the local area as “Delhi – The Garden Spot of the Catskills.”

 At one time, Delaware County was the largest producer of dairy products of any county in the United States.  Following the country byways in the county that follow the creek and stream paths that feed the West Branch up the Delaware River, a traveler will see the remains of the magnificent farms and pastures that fueled the dairy industry.  In each small village and hamlet the traveler encounters along the journey, remnants of the plants and factories that supported the dairy industry are evident.  In 1955 there were 2,306 dairy farms in Delaware County.  By 1985 that number had dropped to 503.  In 1991, only 321 remained.  Today, the number is well less than 100.  At one time there were no less than 14 dairies receiving and processing plants in Delaware County.  Today there are two.  Although many of the farms and processing facilities are long gone, the verdant valleys and pastures that fueled this industry still exist and provide a visual experience that pleases the senses.

The current Village of Delhi visualizes the area as a tourist destination for those who are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the more congested areas of the Eastern Seaboard.  More and more,  Delhi does offers private tourist accommodations in the way of numerous Airbnbs and "farm stays, with many folks from the New York City area seeing Delhi and Delaware County as the ideal location for a second home.  Some of the newcomers only visit during the vacation season while others migrate to the Delhi area on a weekly basis. Some visit and come to stay, purchasing second or permanent year-round homes. Likewise, the advent of modern day telecommunications technology makes Delhi an ideal getaway location for those who are employed in a position amenable to telecommuting.

Legal Notice-Flushing Hydrants

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LEGAL NOTICE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village of Delhi will be flushing hydrants in the Village every Wednesday in October.

Kimberly Cairns, Clerk
Village of Delhi

Town of Delhi Public Service Announcement-Dog Licensing

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The Town of Delhi Clerk’s office would like to remind residents of the Town and Village of Delhi that Article 7 of the New York State Agriculture and Market Law requires that all dogs older than 4 months be licensed. Licensing ensures that all dogs have been properly vaccinated against rabies for the protection of both you and your neighbors. If your dog is spayed/ neutered the fee is $6.00 per year.  If the dog is not spayed/neutered the fee is $15.00 per year.

If your dog is unlicensed and/or is caught running at large the dog is subject to seizure and you are subject to a court appearance and a fine, as well as redemption fees from the shelter.  Failure to license your dog may subject you to an appearance ticket to the town court and a fine.

Please remember the Village of Delhi has the following local law: Local Law 2-2004 §106-2 – Restrictions which states all dogs shall be restrained upon a leash while off the owner’s property...

Contact the Delhi Town Clerk at 607-746-2172 or 607-746-3737 to get further information on licensing your dog.  You will need a current rabies certificate and proof of spayed/neuter from your vet if applicable. Please note that the office is open Monday through Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm.

The Dog Control Officer for the Town of Delhi serves on an 'on-call' basis. For dog control related issues within the Town of Delhi, please call the Dog Control Officer at (607) 242-5627.  
 

Have You Seen These Signs?

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Drive 25 Delhi Loves Our Kids sign

The “Please Drive 25, Delhi Loves Our Kids" initiative, led by Matt Dreyfus, has swiftly gained momentum in our community. With the initial batch of signs already distributed across the village, the project has made a significant impact in promoting child safety on our roads by encouraging drivers to voluntarily drive 25 mph. Due to the overwhelming response and growing demand for these signs, Matt has taken the proactive step of ordering more, ensuring that our streets remain safe for our children. Matt welcomes any donations from the community to help offset the costs associated with producing and distributing these signs. 

For more information, contact the Village (607) 746-2258.

New Backhoe for the Village

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John Deere 410-P Backhoe

We are happy to announce the arrival of our brand-new John Deere 410-P Backhoe, a powerful addition to our equipment fleet that promises to make a significant impact on our community projects and boost productivity. Our trusty 2006 JCB model served us well, but it was time for an upgrade. The John Deere 410-P Backhoe offers us more digging power, longer digging reach, and better maneuverability.

The purchase of our new John Deere 410-P Backhoe is eligible for reimbursement through CHIPS funding from New York State. This means that we're not only upgrading our equipment but also being financially responsible by saving Village of Delhi taxpayers money.

We can't wait to put our new backhoe to work on a wide array of projects. 

Mayor's Update on Crosswalk Projects and Safety Concerns

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I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update on the ongoing crosswalk improvement projects at Division and Main Street, as well as Court Street and Main Street. These projects were initiated with the goal of ensuring that all of our crosswalks meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

I want to assure you that your safety remains our top priority. In light of recent concerns raised by members of our community, including myself, about the safety of these intersections, I want to share some important information with you.

I have personally been in touch with the Department of Transportation (DOT), the engineer responsible for overseeing the project, and will soon be discussing our concerns with an ADA specialist dedicated to this project. These discussions are essential as they provide an opportunity for us to address any safety issues that have been identified since the implementation of the improvements.

It has come to our attention that some residents believe these intersections have become more dangerous following the recent changes. Your feedback is of utmost importance to us, and I encourage anyone who shares this concern to voice their thoughts.

If you believe that these changes have resulted in increased safety risks, I kindly request that you reach out to Regional ADA Specialist Lonnie Rawson with your feedback and any concerns you may have.

Lonnie Rawson: (845) 988-6370

Your input matters, and we are committed to making our community as safe and accessible as possible. By voicing your concerns, you play an integral role in shaping the outcome of these projects and ensuring that our crosswalks are both ADA compliant and safe for everyone.

Thank you for your continued engagement and dedication to our village. Together, we can make positive changes that benefit us all.

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UPDATE

The state is planning to install railings around curbed areas to prevent pedestrians from walking over the curbs. The aim of this action is to enhance safety and guide pedestrians towards designated crosswalks. I’m hopeful that this installation won't negatively impact access to the merchants' stores or obstruct access to the crosswalks. If people find the railings to be an inadequate solution to the problem or have any concerns, they should communicate their feedback to Lonnie Rawson. 

We Are Hiring-Office Assistant

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The village is currently seeking full-time applicants to join the village office team. The position entails working from 8 AM to 4 PM and involves various responsibilities related to the day-to-day operations of the village. A background in accounting would be beneficial for this role.

Applicants for this position will be expected to handle a range of tasks and take on various responsibilities within the village office. If you're interested in the position, you're encouraged to visit the village hall to pick up an application and introduce yourself. This could be a great opportunity for an individual with the right skill set and an interest in contributing to the smooth functioning of the village's administrative processes.

For more information, call (607)746-2258

Invitation for Bids

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The Village Board of the Village of Delhi has declared the following vehicles as surplus and has authorized the acceptance of bids for their disposal.
 

Former police car:
2013 Chevrolet Impala, appx. 53,000 miles
2016 Dodge Charger, appx. 56,000 miles
2014 Dodge Durango, appx. 43,500 miles

The Village will be accepting bids until September 14, 2023 at 12 p.m. when they will be opened and read aloud. (Minimum bid $2500 each.) Bid will be awarded at the September 18, 2013 Board meeting.


All equipment is sold “as is”. Buyer is responsible for removal by September 30, 2023. To arrange for an inspection of any of the equipment, call 607-746-2258, between 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Village Board reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. Payment by certified cash or check only.
 

Kimberly Cairns
Clerk/Treasurer

Summer Volleyball Program

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SUNY Delhi Pool hours for May-June

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Village Budget 2023-2024

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