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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.
We encourage people to follow the CDC guidelines when practicing social distancing; no group
gatherings and when in public, remain no less than six (6) feet from one another. We’ve received an
increased concern over groups of people still gathering together.
While you have some extra time on your hands, I urge all citizens to complete the 2020 Census form
as it directly impacts state and federal funding to our village. Our share in sales tax directly impacts
our annual budget as a revenue line in turn affecting property taxes. Without a proper Census count
from our village, we will be shorting ourselves not only sales tax revenues but also grant
funding. Please mail in your form, complete it over the phone or fill it our online by clicking here
https://2020census.gov/en.html.
The Meals on Wheels Program continues to service our seniors with home deliveries. Anyone
needing information for this program should contact the Office for the Aging at 845-615-3700.
The County has activated a hotline for all concerns at 800-832-1200.
While the water is safe for consumption, the village has received multiple calls from residents stating
they were unable to purchase bottled water at local supermarkets. The village has been able to secure
several cases of water for those who may need it. Please call Village Hall to arrange to a pickup.
At this time, we are unable to accept cash payments as our office is closed. Tax payments can be
placed in a sealed envelope and left in our locked mailbox in the front of Village Hall, which is
located at 811 Route 208, next to the firehouse. We are holding off on water billing for at least
another month.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Village Hall at 782-2600 as we are attempting to
answer all calls personally as well as retrieving messages and returning all calls. If you have an
emergency, please call the Blooming Grove Police Department.
Mayor James LoFranco

Read pdf State of Emergency post 3.30.2020

Village in a State of Emergency

The Village of South Blooming Grove Election which was originally scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to April 28th, the same day as the NYS primary, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have also decided to close our Village Board, Planning Board, and ZBA meetings to the public to protect the health and well-being of our boards, professionals, and citizens.  Village Hall will remain open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.  We are asking that anyone in need of visiting Village Hall please refrain from doing so unless you have first called or emailed and have a scheduled appointment.   Thank you and please stay safe.

The Village of South Blooming Grove is currently under a state of emergency.

The Village of South Blooming Grove Election which was originally scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to April 28th, the same day as the NYS primary, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have also decided to close our Village Board, Planning Board, and ZBA meetings to the public to protect the health and well-being of our boards, professionals, and citizens.  Village Hall will remain open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.  We are asking that anyone in need of visiting Village Hall please refrain from doing so unless you have first called or emailed and have a scheduled appointment.  Thank you and stay safe.

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…)