Supervisor Barber's March 2020 Notes

The Parks & Recreation Department’s 2020 Summer Day Camp and Activity Camp Brochure will arrive in your child’s “backpack mail” later this month, likely during the week of March 22nd.  The brochure may be picked up at Town Hall, Guilderland and Altamont Libraries, and Parks & Recreation’s office across from Tawasentha Park.  The brochure details more than 120 programs, including sporting activities, swimming and swim lessons, day camps, hobbies and fitness programs, GPAC concert schedule and community events.  The summer camp program starts on June 29th and runs until August 7th.  These programs are taught and led by talented instructors who are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm.   Registration begins on March 27th at www.guilderlandrec.com or at the Parks’ office. 

The Parks Department is also introducing a new option for a full day camp for two weeks only as an extension of the traditional 1/2 day camp during the week of June 29th-July 7th, (excluding July 3rd) from 11:45 am - 4:15 pm, with pick-ups until 5:00pm.  The program is open to only 48 campers who are entering 3rd grade to 8th grade and are Town residents.  Please visit Guilderlandrec.com for additional information and registration details.  Registration will begin on March 27th and end June 15th, unless the camp fills up before then.  If you are interested in seasonal work as a lifeguard, pool manager, summer day camp counselor, park maintenance or golf course laborer, please visit the Parks & Recreation’s webpage or office for employment applications and more information.  

During the school spring recess from April 14th to April 17th, the Parks’ Department is also offering two full-day programs, Yoga 4 Teens and Spring Break Fun-N-Games.   You can register for these programs at www.guilderlandrec.com.

Please bear in mind that starting, weather permitting, on Monday, March 23rd, the NYS Thruway Authority plans to close and replace the Old State Road Bridge over the Thruway for seven months.  If you operate one of the estimated 5300 vehicles that daily traverse this bridge, you should keep up to date on the project’s progress by checking the Town website for details and also sign up for free email and/or text notice on Nixle®

The Census Day 2020 day is April 1st, the official date for the nation's once-per-decade, constitutionally-mandated count of every person, regardless of citizenship status.

The Town benefits the most when the Census counts everyone.  The Census determines representation in Congress, NYS Senate, NYS Assembly, Albany County Legislature, and other districts.  The Town’s Census population will also impact its receipt of County sales taxes which are distributed on the basis of population.

Between March 12th and 20th, Town households will receive mailed notification on how to go online and complete the Census questionnaire.  This is the first Census that will be mainly completed online rather than in paper form. While you are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire, you will also have the option to respond via phone or by completing and returning a paper Census questionnaire.  All information gathered in the Census will be confidential.

On Saturday, May 2nd from 8am to 4:30pm at Town Hall, the Parks Department is hosting a NYS Boater Safety Course which satisfies the State’s recently adopted safety requirements for operators of motorized watercraft.  The course provides permanent certification.  The requirement is phased-in based upon birth date.  There is a $10 fee payable to NYS Parks.  Information about the NYS Boater Safety Course is at: https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/education.aspx.  Registration and information about the course is on the Parks Department’s web page.

We are pleased to welcome The Nines, an Italian-American restaurant, as the new operator of the clubhouse at the Western Turnpike Golf Course.  Over the winter, the golf course clubhouse’s décor was upgraded, and the dance floor in the ballroom was restored.  The Nines will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as outings, corporate events, weddings, baby showers, and other special events.  Please visit the golf course’s website (www.westernturnpike.com) for updates about the opening 2020 season, course updates and conditions, and allows for convenient online reservation of tee times.  For more information about becoming a member, joining a league or scheduling an outing, please visit the website or call the Pro Shop at (518) 456-0786. 

The first of the Town’s two Household Hazardous Waste Days will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 8am to 2pm at the Highway Department garage.  Please take the time to pick-up free resident passes and review the list of acceptable items at the Transfer Station’s page or by calling the Transfer Station at (518) 861-6776.

The Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District is offering its annual tree and shrub program with a wide variety of bare root seedlings and transplants, including apple trees, arborvitae, lilac, plum, raspberry, winterberry and dozens of other types. You can also order tree tubes and guards, rain barrels, compost, woodchips, and wildflower seeds. To encourage the use of pollinator plants, with every purchase at the tree sale, the County is providing, at no cost, 10 pollinator plants. The pollinator plant chosen this year is Liatris spicata, also known as Blazing Star.  Orders are first come, first served and must be placed by Friday, April 3rd.  Order forms can be downloaded at the County’s website (www.albanycounty.com/swcd).

You might be interested to learn that 58 languages are spoken by students in the Guilderland Central School District.  A list of these languages provided by GCSD is posted on the Supervisor’s web page. The Town’s growing diversity is also evident in the Town’s expanding restaurant options, food selections in local supermarkets, and new sporting and recreational opportunities in Town parks and the YMCA.  

The latest installment of Somewhat Frequent Questions & Other Items of Interest is the Impact of Invasive Species on Open Space, with details on the impacts of invasive tree species, like the black locusts and white pines, that displace hardwood and native trees, and invasive aquatic species, like water chestnuts, that are proliferating in the Watervliet Reservoir and increasing the cost of producing drinking water.  Prior topics included the “Town’s Response to Climate Change” which details the Town’s commitment to sustainable energy and climate-smart development and the launch of a web page devoted to the Town's environmental initiatives, and “The Comprehensive Plan Process” which explains the Town’s comprehensive plan, its nine neighborhood studies, and possible next steps in the Comprehensive Plan process later this year.   

Thank you for taking time to read these notes.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at (518) 356-1980.

Peter G. Barber, Town Supervisor