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O&R: CLEAR AWAY SNOW, ICE TO KEEP GAS SERVICE SAFE
PEARL RIVER, NY Jan. 25, 2016 --- In the wake of Saturday’s heavy snowfall, O&R urges its customers to take an extra minute for safety’s sake to clear snow and ice away from the equipment that delivers natural gas to their homes and businesses.
O&R asks customers to carefully clear snow and ice away from the natural gas regulator and meter as well as any outdoor vents associated with gas equipment. If possible, use a broom instead of a shovel to minimize the chance of damaging the piping. Keeping the equipment and vents clear of ice allow it to properly “breathe” and operate.
Natural gas is clean, safe energy that keeps buildings warm and comfortable. But, if the outside equipment that regulates the natural gas flow into these buildings becomes clogged with snow or caked with ice, the effectiveness of that equipment could be impaired and have serious consequences.
In addition, it is very important that fuel burning appliances are vented to the outdoors where the products of combustion can be safely expelled after the gas has been burned. Blocked appliance intake and exhaust vents can cause accumulation of dangerous carbon monoxide fumes in buildings.
Carbon monoxide detectors are a useful product in alerting when carbon monoxide is accidentally being produced by appliances and escaping into the inside of the house. But, the very best prevention is to be sure all appliances are ready for winter, operating correctly and vent pipes are in place and freely flowing exhaust up the chimney flue to the outdoors.
O&R also warns that snowplowing and snow dumping operations close to the natural gas equipment increase the risk of damage. O&R urges snow removal operations to dump and pile plowed snow away from O&R natural gas equipment.
If you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and, from a safe location, call O&R’s Gas Emergency Hotline 1-800-533-5325. Also, call if you suspect that natural gas equipment has been damaged or that a natural gas appliance is malfunctioning.
And, no matter what fuel you burn in your heating appliances --- and your fireplace --- if you have flu-like symptoms or headaches that only happen when you are in your home, immediately have your appliances and chimney checked for proper venting of products of combustion as those symptoms could be signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The first thing to understand is that the Town's fiscal year is January - December and the Village's fiscal year is June - May. This is important to help understand the transfer of functions explained below.
Street Lighting - Beginning January 2015 the responsibility of the streetlights transferred from the Town to the Village. It was determined that the Street Lighting District is located wholly within the Village's boundaries and this transfer of responsibility should have been done in January 2008 but was not. That has now been corrected. Your January 2015 Town taxes included twelve months of taxes for the street lighting, which the Town forwarded to the Village in mid-January 2015. Your June 2015 Village taxes includes the cost of the street lighting for five months (January 2016-May 2016). Your June 2016 tax bill will contain the full twelve months.
Highway Department - Beginning January 2016 the financial responsibility of the Highway Department will transfer from the Town to the Village. The Village became the owner of the roads January 2007. However, since efforts were being tried by the Village and Town Board to abolish the Village and consolidate with the Town, the fiscal responsibility stayed with the Town. Since the consolidation efforts have stopped by the Town Board, the Village now assumes its full legal responsibility for the roads. Your January 2015 Town taxes included twelve months of taxes for the Highway fund. Your June 2015 Village taxes included five month (Jan 2016 - May 2016) of taxes for the Highway. There was no double taxation occurring. In mid-January 2016 the Town will turn over to the Village any fund balance remaining in their possession. Please note - the Town will remain the owner of the property/building infrastructure that the Highway garage is located on and as such will still need to pay to insure the building/property. The Village will assume all other costs and expenses.
Water bills were mailed on February 1, 2015 for the last billing cycle of the Village's fiscal year. If you did not receive your water bill, please call 928-9514 immediately to obtain your balance due and to verify your correct mailing address.
All payments received/postmarked after March 2, 2015 will incur a 10% late fee.
Any payment received after March 27, 2015 will be returned and the balance due will be added to your June Village property tax bill.
You can now pay your water bill online with a credit card (surcharge applies).
The Town and Village of Woodbury has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides Woodbury officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire community.
The CodeRED app allows you to receive alerts and updates directly from the national CodeRED Emergency Notification System right on your mobile devices. The app also sends you geographically-based alerts depending on your current location.
Looking up tax bills for yourself or others is available online. If you have any questions, contact Carol Herb at 845-928-6062, M-F 3:30-9:00pm.