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COVID-19 VILLAGE UPDATE

Dear residents of South Blooming Grove:

As your mayor, I am on conference calls with county and municipal leaders daily receiving updates on how we are to comply with the CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause” Village Hall remains closed to the public until April 15, 2020.  We have also made the decision to suspend all village meetings, including Village Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. (more…)

State of Emergency Update March 30, 2020

Dear residents of South Blooming Grove,
As your mayor, I am on conference calls with county and municipal leaders daily receiving updates
on how we are to comply with the CDC guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In
accordance with Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause” Village Hall remains closed to the
public until April 15, 2020. We have also made the decision to suspend all village meetings,
including Village Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. (more…)

Village WIIA Grant Approval

The Village of South Blooming Grove proudly announces it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $660,000 through the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act for the long-awaited Merriewold Water Improvement project. The new filtration system will cost the village approximately $1.2 million, of which $985,000 will be funded with grant money.
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STAGE # 2 MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

Effective, April 8, 2019
LAWN and LANDSCAPE WATERING
Residents will not be allowed to:
Water lawns, gardens, trees or shrubs with a sprinkler or irrigation system.
Wash down outdoor surfaces such as exterior sidewalks, driveways or walkways.
Use water for filling outdoor decorative features, fountains,
Residents running remote sprinklers or irrigation will be cited.
Residents may use hand-held watering containers (watering cans, buckets, etc.) to water plants, shrubs, flowers, containers, gardens and lawns. Watering is encouraged in the early morning or late at night is best to avoid any possible evaporation.
Residents may water during the following days:
Odd-numbered addresses, 7:00 am to 9:00 am or 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday ONLY
Even-numbered addresses, 7:00 am to 9:00 am or 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday and Wednesday ONLY
Residents are encouraged to use rain barrels, which collect rainwater and can be used for lawn watering, plant watering, and other garden needs.

NEW LANDSCAPE / LAWN RENEWAL
Residents are strongly discouraged from planting new sod and are strongly encouraged to postpone planting of ALL new shrubs, flowers, trees, gardens and other landscaping until conditions subside. Aerating and overseeding of established/existing lawns is strongly discouraged. If residents have already seeded their lawns, they are allowed to water only on their designated day and hand water on other days. No exceptions will be made during restrictions.

WATER RUNOFF
Water runoff is strictly prohibited. This applies to both irrigation and hand watering. Watering pavement and sidewalks is a wasteful use of a precious resource during such a critical water shortage.

HYDRANT PERMITS
Residents applying for new hydrant water taking permits must apply for a variance from the water restrictions from the Village Board. Existing hydrant water taking permit holders may continue to draw water from designated locations.

VEHICLE WASHING
Washing automobiles, boats, watercraft or other vehicles is prohibited during this water restriction.|

PRESSURE WASHING AND CLEANING OF BUILDINGS, ETC.
Pressure washing businesses that use their own water tank, with water supplied from an alternate source such as a well, may operate in the Village during this period. During this critical water shortage, customers are encouraged to postpone home improvement or other projects that may require pressure washing.

ORNAMENTAL FOUNTAINS OR OTHER DECORATIVE WATER BODIES
Residents should eliminate the use of water to maintain ornamental fountains, artificial waterfalls, reflection pools and decorative water bodies for aesthetic or scenic purposes, except for the minimum amount of make-up water necessary to support aquatic life.

SWIMMING POOLS
Residents are not allowed to fill, Swimming pools, wading pools or hot tubs.
For questions about these STAGE 2 water restrictions, Village Residents may call Village Hall at (845) 782-2600. The mandatory water ban allows the Village to continue providing adequate water to all residents that receive municipal water. If demand increases substantially due to noncompliance with the guidelines, a total water ban may be implemented. Thank you for your participation in preserving this most precious and limited natural resource.

See Stage 2 water restrictions declaration pdf

New Water Filtration System

The Village of South Blooming Grove will be implementing a new water filtration system to alleviate high iron and manganese. The project will be officially unveiled at the village’s April 8th board meeting which will take place at the South Blooming Grove Firehouse at 7pm. The residents of South Blooming Grove have been dealing with discolored water for years. The discoloration occurs when the elements found in the water are mixed with chlorine which is a necessity in all public drinking water. Although the water is deemed safe to drink, its light brown appearance makes it aesthetically unappealing. (more…)