The following is an updated statement regarding discharge from the recent significant storms. I would appreciate it for this response to be forwarded to anyone who received an initial letter/email/post that communicated the situation. I fully share the concern by all and regard this as a vehicle to further identify areas where the city can improve our aging infrastructure.
On September 19th the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation advised the City that it had received a complaint from Riverkeeper concerning a City stormwater outfall to the Hudson River in the area of Riverfront Park. This stormwater outfall is aligned with the end of West Main Street. Riverkeeper provided DEC with photographs of the outfall and has since posted additional information on its website.
On September 19, 2011 a NYSDEC engineer conducted an inspection of the outfall accompanied by the City's Water and Sewer Superintendent, Jamie McCollum. At that time, the NYSDEC representative and Mr. McCollum concurred that they observed no physical evidence showing that this location was conveying anything other than stormwater to the Hudson River and the site was consistent with what was depicted in the Riverkeeper photographs, taken prior to the 19th and provided to the NYSDEC. The NYSDEC engineer returned to the site on September 27 and, again accompanied by Mr. McCollum, reinspected the site. During that visit the DEC engineer made a request to the Dutchess County Health Department to sample the outfall for bacteria which would be indicative of sewage.
The City takes the matter seriously of sewage discharge caused by the last two storms and our aging infrastructure. I have directed its engineering consultants to review the physical aspects of the stormwater pipe and outfall as they relate to the representations made by Riverkeeper. The City will conduct its own sampling of the outfall on September 29th and submit the samples to a NY Certified Laboratory for testing. Once the test results are available, the City will meet with the NYSDEC to determine what further steps might be appropriate.
The City is also currently undertaking a significant program to reduce infiltration and inflow in its sewer system and is dedicated to improving water quality.
Steve Gold, Mayor
Friends of the Beacon Dog Park will be holding a pancake fundraiser on Sunday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The breakfast will take place at St. Rocco Society (26 South Chestnut Street). All are invited to attend: the price is $10 per person or $25 per family. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As a result of the storm, residents may dump up to 750 lbs. of damaged items, in addition to the annual free amount of 250 lbs., at the City's transfer station. Residents should provide a picture of the damaged property, or the list of damaged items that was submitted to the property owner's insurance company. The City will also match the Fire Department's list of pump outs during the storm to the receipt of damaged material brought to the dump as proof of cause.
This program ends October 1, 2011.
Mayor Steve Gold.
Vote for your city council representatives. In Beacon every vote counts!
September 13, 2011
Polls are open from 12 NOON until 9PM.
Democratic candidates facing a primary this year are :: Committee designated candidate Pasti and challenger Cunningham for Ward 4
November 8, 2011
Polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM.
If you are registered to vote:
Identify your ward, polling site, and party affiliation on the Voter Registration Search.
Tompkins Hose Co. (Route 9D Entrance) :: 13 South Ave
Rombout School (Gym Entrance) :: 84 Matteawan Rd
Memorial Building (Teller Ave Entrance) :: 413 Main St
James V. Forrestal School (Main Entrance) :: 125 Liberty St
If you are NOT registered to vote:
You have until Oct 19 to register to vote for the general election! Voter registrations must be postmarked on Oct 14 and be received by the board no later than October 19, 2011.
Voter registration form (in English)
Voter registration form (in Spanish)
If you are unable to vote in person on election day:
Absentee ballots and applications are available at City Hall. Absentee ballots must be postmarked the day before election day.
Note: The Beacon Ward Map provides an overview of the four wards in Beacon. When you view the map, the second number in each label is the ward number. (The third number is the election district within the ward. Polling sites are specific to both ward and election district.) If in doubt, identify your ward, polling site, and party affiliation on the Voter Registration Search.
Free admission to Dia:Beacon on Saturday, September 24, 2011.
Museum Day ticket required for free entry. One ticket per household, for two people. Download your official Museum Day Free Ticket for Two from the Smithsonian Magazine website.
Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which institutions across the country offer free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket. Dia:Beacon proudly supports this nationwide initiative as a participating museum.
(Beacon residents always admitted free on weekends!)
An open letter from Mayor Steve Gold:
August 31, 2011
I hope that the days after this hurricane find you all safe and well. I realize that many of you have sustained various levels of damage to your homes and properties and my heart goes out to all of you. I am, however, very thankful that there were no serious injuries or loss of life as a result of this event.
I would like to thank our staff and emergency service volunteers for their incredible efforts during this storm. City officials were involved in preparation efforts ahead of the storm, emergency response during the storm and cleanup and remediation efforts post Hurricane Irene. They have, as always, done an outstanding job and I am proud of and grateful for the work they’ve done to protect and serve this community.
Please know that we are doing everything in our power to complete repairs to our City infrastructure as a result of this storm. Crews have been hard at work correcting damage in various parts of the City to prevent any further damage from future storms.
President Obama has declared a number of New York counties disaster areas, Dutchess included. The following is information on how property owners impacted by this storm can seek assistance from the Federal Government for repairs and restoration work. Please take full advantage of this opportunity.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured or underinsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
My best to all of you as you continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Steve K. Gold, Mayor
City of Beacon
Office of Emergency Management
Statement on Hurricane Irene
Saturday August 27, 2011: 8:30 am
BEACON, NY- As Hurricane Irene moves up the East Coast of the United States, it is expected to make landfall in New York Saturday night around 9:00 pm. As of 6:00 pm Friday night the National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the City of Beacon and Dutchess County. The Mayor and City of Beacon Office of Emergency Management are urging all residents to take steps now to prepare their families and businesses for tropical storm type weather. This weather will include high winds with gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour with and wind driven rain, which may result in flash flooding of low lying areas. All residents living in these areas are urged to make preparations for this possible event. With high wind gusts there is a significant possibility of down trees and or limbs that may result in power outages.
City Officials have asked residents to secure all outdoor furniture, grills, and garbage cans, as these items can become dangerous projectiles in high winds. Residents are reminded not to place tree limbs that may come down in the streets. City officials will be attempting to create clear roadways as quickly as possible. Priority will go to clearing operations only. Cleanup operations will occur as soon as practical and possible after the emergency conditions have ended. As a reminder once the hurricane overtakes the area, we ask that all residents stay off the streets and stay in the safety of their homes. This is a VERY dangerous storm. City of Beacon Emergency Officials are monitoring the situation closely are prepared to respond. The City’s Emergency Operations Center will be opened by 3:00 PM today for the most effective coordination of emergency response services. We will continue to provide updates as necessary via Channel 22 and our website at www.cityofbeacon.org as a reminder, please only call the Police Department in the event of an EMERGENCY. For Fire or Medical Emergencies please dial 911. All general communications regarding the storm will be posted on our website, Channel 22, and via our local radio stations: 101.5, 106.1, 92.7, 96.9, 97.7, 94.3, and 97.3. For more information on preparing for these types of events, visit www.ready.gov. You may track the storms progress by visiting www.nhc.noaa.gov. For individuals who plan on using MetroNorth Train Services either prior or during the storm, please check the MTA MetroNorth website at www.mta.info/mnr/ for important information regarding service levels and changes.
Office of Emergency Management
Statement on Hurricane Irene
August 26, 2011
BEACON, NY- As Hurricane Irene moves up the East Coast of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The New York State Office of Emergency Management, Dutchess County Office of Emergency Management, and The City of Beacon Office of Emergency Management, are urging all residents to take steps now to prepare their families and businesses for tropical storm type weather. This weather can include high winds with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour with and wind driven rain, which may result in flash flooding of low lying areas. All residents living in these areas are urged to make preparations for this possible event. With high wind gusts there is a significant possibility of down trees and or limbs that may result in power outages. City of Beacon Emergency Officials are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to respond. We will provide updates as necessary via Channel 22 and our website: www.cityofbeacon.org. Individuals calling the City’s main number at 845-838-5000 will be directed to call our Police Department for EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE only. All general communications regarding the storm will be posted, as necessary, on our website, Channel 22 and via local radio stations: 101.5, 106.1, 92.7, 96.9, 97.7, 94.3, 97.3. For more information on preparing for these types of events visit www.ready.gov. You may track the storms progress by visiting www.nhc.noaa.gov. For individuals who plan on using MetroNorth Train Services either prior or during the storm, please check the MTA MetroNorth website at www.mta.info/mnr/ for important information regarding service levels and changes.
Mayor Steve K. Gold
CITY OF BEACON
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADVISORY
August 23, 2011
Mayor Gold, the City Council, City Administrator Robson and the City’s emergency management personnel are well aware of the earthquake that hit Virginia earlier this afternoon. At 1:51 pm, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked the central Virginia area. The location of the earthquake was centered at: 37.975°N, 77.969°W, approximately 27 miles East of Charlottesville, Virginia. While there were isolated calls regarding shaking experienced in the City, there are no reports of damage and no emergency situations within the City of Beacon resulting from this earthquake. City of Beacon Emergency Personnel are on notice and prepared to take action, if necessary.
Should the public wish to obtain additional information on the earthquake, radio and television news broadcasts and the following link will provide information:
Steve K. Gold
Meredith S. Robson
City Administrator/Emergency Management Coordinator
The City of Beacon has been experiencing an increase in car larcenies recently throughout the City, with the highest concentration being on the south side of the City. Residents can help reduce and prevent crimes of opportunity by locking their vehicles whenever the vehicle is unattended, and to keep valuable items such as GPS systems, currency, and electronics out of sight.