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VILLAGE OF MONROE
PUBLIC HEARING
PROPOSED LOCAL LAW
“MODIFYING CHAPTER 185, TOWING”


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, during its March 2, 2021 Board Meeting the Village of Monroe Board of Trustees authorized a Public Hearing to be scheduled on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:45PM on a proposed Local Law entitled “A Local Law Modifying Chapter 185, TOWING”. The Village Board of Trustees finds and determines that the public interest would be served by modifying Chapter 185 of the Village Code, which regulates towing vehicles operating within the incorporated Village.

This public hearing will be held via ZOOM. All interested parties may attend the hearing by videoconferencing or by telephone as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting Link Meeting ID: 224 158 6816 Password: 851290

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In accordance with Executive Order 202.1 issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 12, 2020 suspending the New York State Open Meetings Law (Article 7 of the Public Officers Law) to the extent necessary to permit public bodies to meet and take actions without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, physical attendance by the public at the meeting will not be permitted. The public may view or listen to the meeting via Zoom as set forth above and can be accessed by visiting the Village of Monroe website www.villageofmonroe.org

All persons interested in the proposed Local Law may appear in person or by agent. All written communications should be addressed to Mayor Neil S. Dwyer and received prior to the Public Hearing.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
VILLAGE OF MONROE
ANN-MARGRET BAXTER
VILLAGE CLERK

Dated: March 5, 2021





February 26, 2021

Dear Village of Monroe Residents,

The Monroe Woodbury School District is creating the BLUE LIGHT initiative for April 6th – April 9th recognizing Autism Awareness and would like everyone to participate in lighting their homes and businesses Blue throughout our community, during that period.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Let's light it up BLUE to help spread kindness and increase awareness!

Sincerely, Neil S. Dwyer
Mayor Village of Monroe



VILLAGE OF MONROE
DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY


On March 7, 2020, the Governor of the State of New York declared a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. COVID-19 cases have been documented in the Village of Monroe.

I, Neil S. Dwyer, Mayor of the Village of Monroe, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New York, hereby find, pursuant to Section 24 of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, do hereby issue a Declaration that a State of Emergency exists in the Village of Monroe. The State of Emergency shall remain in place until March 21, 2021, and may be extended at that time.

Further, I hereby direct all departments and agencies of the Village of Monroe to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and provide such emergency assistance as deemed necessary.

SO ORDERED ON FEBRUARY 21, 2020
Neil S. Dwyer, Mayor
Village of Monroe




The Orange County Office of Community Development and the Orange County Department of Social Services are collaborating on the administration of federal funding to address needs within our County related to rental housing stemming from the COVID pandemic. To better understand those needs we are hoping that you will share this attached survey with landlords in your community and post on your webpage and social media. If they provide their email address, we will add them to our email contact list regarding potential financial assistance for them and their tenants.

We have federal funds available now to assist those who are experiencing domestic violence, living in unsafe conditions, living in the home of another person, living in a hotel or motel, or do not have a home of their own. If you know of someone who can be assisted with these funds, please have them call the Orange County Crisis Call Center at 311 or email Terri Torchio, Director of Economic Independence at [email protected] to see if they qualify for immediate rapid rehousing financial assistance. OCDSS has other assistance available to those in need including Temporary Assistance, Child Care, Home Energy Assistance or Medicaid.

Thank you and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Sincerely,

Nicole Andersen, GPC
Director
Orange County Office of Community Development



VILLAGE HALL CLOSED TO PUBLIC

January 25, 2021 The Village of Monroe Board of Trustees and Department Heads have established the following updated Emergency Response Plan in regard to the COVID-19/Coronavirus in our community for the safety of their constituents and the Village's employees as it relates to access to Village Hall, as well as public meetings and events:

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, Village Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. The Village Clerk and Village employees in the Building Department, Finance and Department of Public Works will be reporting to work in order to conduct business and can be reached via telephone and email. I encourage residents to call and speak with our staff. Their information is as follows:

Ann-Margret Baxter, Village Clerk - 782-8341 ext.121 / [email protected]
Jim Cocks, Building Inspector - 782-8341 ext.128 / [email protected]
Catherine Murray, Treasurer - 782-8341 ext.124 / [email protected]
Larry Guidice, Highway - 782-8341ext.153 / [email protected]
Ernie Mabee, Water - 782-8341 ext.122 / [email protected]
Fiona Doherty, Planning Board Secretary - 782-8341 ext.145 / [email protected]
Elizabeth Doherty, ZBA Secretary - 782-8341 ext.156 / [email protected]
Monroe Police Department - 782-8644

Residents will have access to the black drop box located on the outside of the building to the left of the front entrance. This is for payment of water bills as well as any other miscellaneous paperwork that needs to be dropped off. FOR WATER BILL PAYMENTS, NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED, only check or money order or you may pay on-line by visiting the Village of Monroe's website at villageofmonroe.org. If you are dropping off building permit applications, site plans, or any other miscellaneous paperwork for the Building Department, Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals, a drop box has been established in the lobby of the Monroe Police Department, which is located at 104 Stage Road.

The Village of Monroe Justice Court is currently closed until further notice. You may call 782-8721 and leave a message, and someone will return your call when they are able. Any court paperwork, returnable to the court should be left in the black drop box located on the outside of the building to the left of the front entrance. The Board of Trustees will continue to meet as regularly scheduled, but pursuant to Governor Cuomo's Executive Order No. 202.1 which suspends Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, the meetings are currently closed to the public until further notice. However, the Board of Trustees encourages all residents to submit any questions, comments or concerns that they may have via email to the Village Clerk, and the Board will address them during their next open session.

All Planning Board and Zoning Board meetings are being held via ZOOM as well, please refer to the Village's website for meeting details.

Effective immediately, the following Village Clerk services are now available at Village Hall BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, please contact the Clerk's office to schedule a time to come in:
· Handicapped stickers
· Notary Public Services

We also encourage all residents to sign up for Constant Contact by registering your email address at the bottom of the Village's website.

Thank you for your continued patience during this unprecedented time.

Respectfully,

Neil S. Dwyer
Mayor Village of Monroe



UPCOMING HERITAGE TRAIL CLOSURE
JANUARY 25, 2021 - JANUARY 31, 2021


January 20, 2021

Good Afternoon Village of Monroe Residents,

The Village has been notified by the Orange County Division of Environmental Facilities & Services of some upcoming work that will temporarily close a section of the Heritage Trail.

Work will commence on Monday, January 25th and is scheduled to last until Sunday, January 31st 2021. The work will result in only a small section of the trail being shut down until the work is completed.

Inclement weather, a change in orders, and/or any other unforeseen conditions that may be encountered while the work is being done, may affect this schedule.

As the work continues, I want to thank you for your patience with the ongoing noise and construction elements that this project has presented. The Village will continue its efforts in acquiring all information from OCSD 1 and the private contractor so that we can disseminate information in real time to all those affected by this work.

Should you have any questions regarding this work, please do not hesitate to contact me at Village Hall, 845-782-8341.

Very truly yours,

Neil S. Dwyer
Mayor, Village of Monroe



Frontier Fiber Optic Work
Occurring in the Village of Monroe


December 10, 2020

Good Afternoon Village of Monroe Residents,

Many of you may have already seen trucks in and around the Village of Monroe performing utility work in our neighborhoods and in our streets.

I would like to share with you that this company, SQUAN Solutions, has been contracted on behalf of Frontier Communications to run new fiber optic throughout the Village of Monroe and surrounding areas. There are multiple crews working in multiple areas within our community, and we are working on getting a better idea of where they have already completed work, where they will be working going forward and when. When we have more detailed information we will share it on the Village's website (www.villageofmonroe.org) as well as through Constant Contact.

In many areas these fiber optic cables are being run underground and may result in the utility workers digging in the Village's right of ways. Any disturbance that may be created by this work will be remedied and replaced in kind. Please note that if it requires the replacement of grass, new seed will be planted in the spring when the weather conditions are more accommodating for seed germination.

Should you have any questions regarding this work or any other work that you see occurring in our Village, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I can be reached by calling the Village of Monroe's Clerk's Office at 782-8341.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while Frontier completes this much needed work.

Sincerely,
Neil S. Dwyer
Mayor






Due to the Corona Pandemic, the NYS Court System has imposed new strict restrictions upon live court appearances in the 9th Judicial District’s Town and Village Courts, effective December 9, 2020.

Kindly contact the Court Clerk’s Office at (845) 782-8721 for further information. Additional updates will be published via the Village’s Constant Contact system, as well as on www.villageofmonroe.com and www.cancellations.com , as this situation develops.

Thank you for your patience and anticipated cooperation.

Please stay safe.

Forrest Strauss
Village Justice






The Village of Monroe Justice Court now takes online payments! Go to www.GovPayNow.com and enter pay location code (PLC): a004-0f (please note the code includes the number 0, not the letter O). All major credit/debit cards are accepted.

A service fee of 2.5% is charged for debit/credit transactions. Neither the Court nor the Village of Monroe receives the fee. The Court also accepts cash or money orders. Please include your case number on money orders or certified checks. No personal checks are accepted. If you have questions you may contact GovPayNow by calling 1 (888) 604-7888.



Dear Neighbors,

Food Distribution

Food distribution for district families will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until further notice. Distribution sites are Central Valley Elementary, 45 Route 32, Central Valley; North Main Elementary, 212 North Main Street, Monroe; and Smith Clove Elementary, 21 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley.

Please note: Please bring your own bag and wear a face covering (mask, scarf, bandana) at pick-up.

To request special dietary needs, please email [email protected].

Local agencies and food pantries are providing meals on a regular basis. Please view the Community Food Resources page on the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District website for more information.

Free & Reduced School Meals

Children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed or experiences a loss of household income may be eligible for free and reduced price school meals. You may apply at any time during the school year. We urge you to apply as soon as possible so that eligible students can access breakfast and lunch when school resumes. To apply for free or reduced price meals, please click here.

Should you have any question please use this link:

Community Food Resources.

If you need any further assistance please call 845 782 8341 and follow prompts to speak with our Clerk.

I am happy to call you should you have any issue. Ask my clerk for a return phone call and I will gladly reach out to you.

Please stay safe as we continue to work through this event.

God bless you all.




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Electronics Recycling for Residents


All Orange County Transfer Stations will be accepting electronics for recycling as of Friday, January 24, 2020.

Accepted items include televisions, printers, fax machines, stereos and stereo equipment, computer monitors and towers, scanners, small servers, cables/wires, laptops, cell and smart phones, tablets, video game consoles, DVD players, VCRs, and digital music players.

Televisions (e.g. Cathode Ray Tubes and flat screens), will be accepted at a rate of $20 per unit with no restriction on size. All other accepted electronics will be received free of charge. Small appliances, microwaves and vacuum cleaners are not included in this program.

Any questions, Orange County Environmental Facilities & Services can be reached directly at 845-291-2640.



The village has been advised by the Department of Environmental Conservation that an Algae Bloom currently exists in pockets of the Millponds. It is a soupy green like substance on top of the water. There are areas in the ponds that are unaffected by this bloom as well. It is a naturally occurring bacteria native to most ponds and lakes throughout the United States. It feeds from the runoff of excess nitrogen and phosphorus from lawn clippings in residential lawns which migrates through our storm water drains, septic leaching, as well as lake vegetation and other nutrient rich biodegradable life.

The environment which allows it to flourish generally is a slow moving, warm, shallow waterway where it can get a lot of sunlight to produce its food. We are in communication with our lake management consultant as well as the DEC. We have been advised that as water and air temperatures begin dropping, the algae bloom will die.

Signs are being posted around the ponds advising you to:
  • Not enter into the water
  • Not come in contact with the water
  • Not drink the water
  • Not fish in the ponds
  • Not allow pets to enter into or drink from the ponds during this period.

  • Should you or your pet come into contact with the algae bloom water, wash thoroughly with fresh water. We expect to see this situation resolve over the next several weeks and we will keep you informed going forward on Constant Contact and the Village of Monroe website.

    I am available through Village Hall, should you wish to speak with me or stop in to Village hall for further assistance or clarification. I am posting as well a link to the DEC website for further information. To view on the DEC website please click here.

    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



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    March 02 - Board of Trustees Meeting via Zoom - 7PM - Agenda
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    March 08 - Planning Board Meeting via Zoom - 7PM
    March 09 - Zoning Board of Appeals via Zoom - 8PM
    March 16 - Board of Trustees Meeting and Public Hearing - Public Hearing Notice

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