26 October Early Voting Times and Locations October 26, 2020 By Patrick Mangan General 0 Reminder from our Town Clerks Office! Early voting has started and runs through Sunday, November 1st. If you live in Orange County, you may vote early at any of the locations listed below during the scheduled times. Related Articles VEPO Water Meter Installations to Restart September 8th Notice to all Town of New Windsor Water Customers, Given the significant improvements achieved, State, County and Town-wide, in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, VEPO Metering will be restarting the Town’s water meter reading system upgrade project after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 8th. Please note, this is a mandatory upgrade program, meaning all users of the Town’s water system must participate. Upon receipt of this notification, you must contact VEPO within the next 30 days, by calling the number below or by going to the website listed below in order to schedule an appointment to have the upgrade performed. Residents who refuse the upgrade will be assessed a surcharge on all subsequent water bills for non-compliance. Appointments will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 P.M. or from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and can be scheduled by either: Visiting VEPOmetering.com and clicking on “Schedule An Appointment”; or Calling 877-860-8376 and speaking with a Customer Service Representative. Technicians performing the upgrades will require access to the inside of your home. Most water meters will need to be located indoors (in a basement, cellar, crawl space, utility room, etc.). The process is expected to take no more than two hours, and water use will be disrupted intermittently during that time. Your safety and the safety of VEPO employees remain of utmost importance to all. To this end, you will be asked to provide an email address when scheduling your appointment. This will allow VEPO to send you an electronic notification with a photo of the technician prior to the appointment. All VEPO technicians must be in uniform, possess a photo ID, and will be driving a vehicle marked with VEPO signage. Further, all VEPO installers will be required to undertake the following safety protocols, every day, before appearing for any scheduled installations: All installers must undergo a temperature and health assessment check and record the results thereof, every day prior to the start of their shift. As per CDC guidelines, if they exhibit a fever that exceeds 100.4º or any other known symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, body aches, or new loss of taste or smell), they will not be permitted to work. If these guidelines change, the safety protocols for this project will be adjusted accordingly. No installer may return to the job until they meet CDC guidelines for doing so. It is currently recommended the employee (i) be symptom free for at least 10 days after the first onset of symptoms; (ii) be fever free, without use of fever reducing medication, for at least 24 hours; and (iii) show improvement of whatever symptoms they’ve exhibited during their time out from work. All installers will be wearing a new face mask every day; and new disposable gloves and booties that will be changed before each installation appointment. All installers will either wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer before and after each installation. For the safety of the installers, we ask that you please call 877-860-8376 by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your appointment, to reschedule your appointment, if you or anyone in your household feels ill. We also ask that each property owner, resident or representative that will be present during the installation open all doors and remove any obstacles in the vicinity of the water meter to be replaced. This will minimize objects the installers may need to touch in order to perform the installation of your new water meter. The Town appreciates your support and cooperation with this very important project, which is intended to provide our residents and users with a significantly improved water metering system that will greatly increase meter accuracy, monitor leaks, and reduce the need for estimated billing. We look forward to working with you to complete this mandatory project and thank you, once again, for your continued support. If you have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to contact VEPO Metering at 877-860-8376 or by email at [email protected]. Halloween Curfew Dates & Times Information Just a reminder that starting tomorrow through Monday morning, a Halloween curfew will be in effect. This is the normal curfew the town enacts each year. The curfew is in effect for minors under the age of 18 during the following days and times: Friday October 30th at 6pm until 6am on Saturday October 31st. Saturday October 31st at 6pm until 6am Sunday, November 1st. Sunday, November 1st at 6pm until 6am on Monday November 2nd. During these times anyone under the age of 18 will be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exceptions to this are for minors traveling to or from school, work or a medical emergency. The town thanks everyone for their anticipated compliance in this to help keep the holiday safe for all. Water Update: restoration times / water available for affected residents Our crews are still onsite and working on the water outage. Due to the emergency leak repair yesterday, when a water line was shut down, it caused a larger infrastructure problem that is taking longer to fix. Water service is expected to be restored later morning / early afternoon once the repair is complete. A water tanker will be available later this morning at Vails Gate Fire Company Station 2 on 4 Weather Oak Hill Road. Please bring containers to fill. Cases of bottled water will also be available for those affected by the water outage. We’ll post once both the tanker and bottled water are available at Vails Gate Fire Company Station 2. WATER IS NOT AVAILABLE right now, please wait until we follow up with a second post. Four time Felon for DWI Arrested again for Felony DWI PRESS RELEASE Four time Felon for DWI Arrested again for Felony DWI New Windsor Police Department arrested Michael R. Burgher age 54 of Washingtonville NY for Felony DWI on September 12, 2020. Mr Burgher has 4 prior Felony DWI convictions (and 2 prior Misdemeanor convictions for DWI). He was arraigned before Judge Calderin and because of his multiple Felony convictions he was sent to Orange County Jail without bail. Since the Labor Day weekend New Windsor Police has made 12 DWI related arrests. 2 Were Felony DWI arrests (Mr. Burgher above) and: Andre Mcleod age 39 of Highland Mills NY 5 were for Misdemeanor Alcohol DWI arrests: Randy Montero De Oleo, age 33 of New Windsor NY Corazon Martinez-Garcia, age 45 of Newburgh NY Danny Feliciano, age 43 of Cornwall NY Francis Jaca, age 22 of Cornwall NY Henry Cuatecoreyes, age 23 of Newburgh NY 2 arrests were for Misdemeanor Driving while Ability Impaired By Drugs Maryann Williams, age 36 of Highland NY Robert Gerbino, age 33 of New Windsor NY One other arrest is pending awaiting Lab results 2 arrests for driving with Licenses suspended for DWI offences: Sean Eusty, Age 33 of Newburgh NY Joseph Pan, Age 42 of Wappinger Falls NY Update on questions regarding latest utility billing There is an over abundance of questions regarding high utility bills for this quarter. As we transition with this new billing system AND into the new meters, some factors come in to play that may have caused a resident to have a high bill. One thing to note before reviewing the factors is that the “Service to and from” dates are a generic billing period and do not represent the true reading cycle for most. Once all the meters in town have been changed to the new technology, there will be a town wide reading/billing period of 3 months then the billing system will be able to import all meter reads at once at the time of applying charges. For a number of years, each quarter the town has had unbilled water in the amount of 35%-40% of the treated water because of failing and inaccurate meters. Those with high bills are mainly due to the meter change outs that were done between 11/10/19 and 2/7/20: • A longer reading cycle. The old meter read was combined with the new meter read which was obtained on 2/27/20 to move into the consistent 3 month reading schedule. This caused some reading period to be longer than 3 months, some up to 5 months which would have the potential to double your average bill. • Many of the readings obtained from the “old” meters were done so after many years of customer estimates. If it turned out the billing was UNDER estimating, charges for unbilled water will cause higher bills. If the account was OVER estimated, it resulted in a credit applied. • The new meters are extremely accurate as opposed to the meters that are being replaced. Many of the old meters have not been accounting for all the water going through them. Please feel free to contact the water billing department with questions regarding your bill at 845-563-4625. Boil Water Advisory Due to Emergency Water Leak Repair: Burroughs Ln, Shelly Rd, Keats Dr, Byron Ln, Melville Dr, Stephenson Ln & Hemingway Ln Due to a emergency water main leak repair, water will be turned off at approximately 4 PM on the following streets on Thursday, January 9th Burroughs Lane, Shelly Road, Keats Drive, Byron Lane, Melville Drive, Stephenson Lane and Hemingway Lane A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for these same streets until further notice. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for text alerts from the Town for notifications. Comments are closed.