With spring hopefully arriving soon, Town parks and facilities are being readied for your enjoyment. The Town’s 2018 Summer Day Camp and Activity Camp Brochure will soon arrive in your child’s “backpack mail” and will also be available for pickup at Town Hall, the Guilderland and Altamont Libraries, and the Parks & Recreation Department’s office at 181 Route 146 (across from Tawasentha Park). The brochure provides information about more than 120 programs including sporting activities, swimming and swim lessons, day camps, hobbies, and fitness programs. The brochure also lists day trips, and cultural, historical and special events. These programs are taught and led by talented instructors who are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm. You can register for programs and events at www.guilderlandrec.com or at the Park’s office.
We also invite you to enjoy recent improvements at Tawasentha Park including the new pool house with expanded facilities, private showers, snack bar, and cabana and free WiFi. There is also the newly renovated Chalet building near the playground which provides covered space for activities and newly installed convenient restroom facilities. Pavilion rental dates are still available; if you wish to rent a pavilion you can contact the Parks & Recreation Department for availability by calling (518) 456-3150.
Residents are encouraged to pick-up a free vehicle sticker by bringing your vehicle registration to the Parks’ office, Town Hall or the Transfer Station.
The Town’s Western Turnpike Golf Course will soon open for the 2018 season with twenty-seven holes of championship-level golf and practice facilities. The golf course’s website (www.westernturnpike.com) has been redesigned to allow for online reservation of tee times. For more information about joining a league, scheduling an outing or becoming a member, please visit the website or call the Pro Shop at (518) 456-0786. You are also invited to dine at The Clubhouse which is managed by the Mallozzi’s Family of Restaurants (518) 456-1803.
The Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District is again offering its annual tree and shrub program and spring fish sale. You can purchase a 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. Orders are first come, first served and must be placed by April 6th, with delivery for nominal charge or free pick-up on April 27th from 8am-6pm and April 28th from 8am-11am at the Albany County SWCD’s facility at 14 Martin Drive in Voorheesville. The spring fish sale order deadline is Friday, May 11th. Various species are available, including largemouth bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout, fathead minnow and triploid grass carp. Please note that stocking your pond requires a Farm Fish Pond License. The pick-up for fish order is Friday, May 18th at the County’s Martin Drive facility. You will receive an email with a time slot for your pick-up. Order forms for both the tree and shrub sales and fish sale can be downloaded at the Park & Recreation Department’s page on the Town website and at the County’s website (www.albanycounty.com/swcd).
The Town has announced the day and time for the first of two Household Hazardous Waste Days (Saturday, April 28, 2018). In the past two years, the event has set records for both the number of participants and the amount of disposed materials. Please take the time to review the list of acceptable items at the Transfer Station’s page on the Town website or by calling the Transfer Station at (518) 861-6776.
The Town has started the process for reevaluating all properties by retaining an expert appraisal firm with a targeted completion date in time for the 2019 tax rolls. We will provide periodic updates and detailed explanations for each stage in the lengthy process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Assessor at (518) 356-1980.
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.