Supervisor's June 2018 Notes

With school ending soon, you can still register for the Town’s summer recreational camp and programs at  Tawasentha Park’s pool house and concession stand will open on Saturday, June 16th, weather permitting, for the swimming season.  The Guilderland Public Library and Altamont Free Library are again stocking a “Little Free Library” inside the pool house where you can help yourself to a book, and drop off books for the enjoyment of others.   Please remember that, except for the Town dog park at Nott Road Park, all dogs must be on a leash and pet waste must be properly disposed of.   The Town recently placed pet waste disposal stations at convenient locations in Town parks. 

On the weekend of May 5th, Boy Scouts and adult leaders from Boy Scout Troops 24, 50, 83, and 264 participated in the 12thBoyscouts constructing gaga ball courtAnnual Community Service Work Day at Tawasentha Park.  This year the Scouts installed a new Ga Ga ball play area, leveled top soil and seeded the grounds around the new bathroom at the Chalet Building, performed extensive trail maintenance, and installed trail markers.   The Scouts’ services are instrumental in helping the Parks Department keep Tawasentha Park beautiful and ready for use.   On Sunday, May 20th, Scouts and adult leaders, with help from the American Legion Riders, Post 977 and Town employees, placed over 500 American flags on the graves of Veterans at Prospect Hill Cemetery.  Upon behalf of Town residents, I thank the Scouts, their leaders and parents for their public service. 

At Noon on Saturday, June 9th, the McKownville Fire Department is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with a parade on part of the UAlbany ring road, Western Avenue, Elmwood Street, and Fuller Road.  After the parade, the festivities will continue with a picnic and play area for children near the Dutch Quad parking lot.  Please try to arrive early, and review the informational flyer, with parking information and parade route map, which is available under the News tab on the Town website.    

Guilderland Performing Arts CenterOn Thursday, June 21st at 7:30pm at Tawasentha Park, the Guilderland Performing Arts Center opens its 39th season with eight musical ensembles.   This season’s concert performers are New York Players, Hey Jude-Authentic Beatles Tribute, Steal Your Peach, Hair of the Dog, The Kyle Bourgault Band, and the Guilderland Town Band.  All events are on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm, free of charge, held rain or shine, with a concession stand and ample space for spreading out a blanket and chairs.  You can download the 2018 season schedule on the Parks’ Department page on the Town website.

Please remember that the Town’s lawn sprinkling regulations are now in effect.  These measures allow the Water Department to maintain adequate water pressure at fire hydrants which is indispensable for our firefighters, and provide residents and businesses with high quality water.  These goals are achieved by adhering to water regulations which limit automatic lawn sprinklers to between 1 am and 4 am on the odd or even day in common with the address of the property.  Manual lawn sprinklers are limited to between 6:30 am and 8:00 am and 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm on the odd or even day shared with the odd or even address of the property.  If you have questions regarding the sprinkler regulations or need help with your automatic sprinkler settings, please call the Water Department at (518) 456-6474.

I recently shadowed Gina Spadaro, Senior Telecommunicator, to get a glimpse of the vital role played by the Town’s telecommuGuilderland Telecommunicatornicators in providing emergency services to Town residents.   While seated in a darkened room at Town Hall, I watched highly trained telecommunicators answer all 911 calls via headsets while closely monitoring five computer screens depicting computer-aided phone communications with emergency personnel, the location and current status of emergency vehicles, and other necessary information.   In response to a 911 call, the telecommunicators deploy personnel from the Town’s array of emergency agencies, including two police departments, seven fire departments, Town EMS, and three ambulance agencies.  Until the event is fully addressed, the telecommunicator remains in contact with dispatched emergency personnel, enables communications among responding personnel, and, if needed, deploys additional first responders.   The telecommunicators are also certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch which enables them to provide medical instruction to a caller during a medical emergency. 

The Town has 11 full-time certified 911 telecommunicators who dispatch emergency personnel in response to all 911 and other urgent calls. With a thorough knowledge of the Town and its emergency personnel, the telecommunicators provide an indispensable role in the timely, accurate, and efficient deployment of police, fire, emergency medical services, and ambulance services.    I thank the Town telecommunicators for providing essential services to residents.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this note. 

Peter G. Barber, Town Supervisor