Moratorium on Water Service Termination, Moratorium on Water Relevy, and Opportunity for Deferred Payment Agreements
NOTICE TO RESIDENTIAL AND SMALL BUSINESS WATER CUSTOMERS
THE STATE OF EMERGENCY EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 22, 2021
On May 11, 2021 Governor Cuomo signed into law amendments to the Public Service Law that prevent municipalities and public utilities from terminating water service provided to residents and small businesses for non-payment during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Additionally, the amendments prevent municipalities from relevying previously accrued water charges on or after May 11, 2021 until either the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, which is December 22, 2021.
All water suppliers must notify residential and small business customers of the protections afforded under the law.
Please be advised that service termination and relevying past due water charges is prohibited until December 22, 2021, for those residential and small business customers who have experienced a change in financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Please be further advised that the law does not eliminate a customer’s obligation to pay accrued charges. However, customers who have experienced a change in financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 state of emergency must be provided with the opportunity to enter into a deferred payment agreement without the imposition of deposits, late fees, or penalties.
Customers that do not request protection from service termination, or relevying, or do not enter into a deferred payment agreement, will be subject to the enforcement and lien provisions authorized by State and local law upon the expiration of the Public Service Law’s protections.
Click the link below to view the Village of Brewster FY 2022 Proposed Budget for the fiscal year starting June 1, 2021 and ending May 31, 2022.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees of the VILLAGE OF BREWSTER will hold a Public Hearing on WEDNESDAY APRIL 14, 2021, 7:30 P.M. virtually through Zoom, the Meeting ID is 207 812 8623 and the phone number to call in to is 1-929-205-6099, to take and hear comments on the 2021-2022 Budget as proposed by the Board of Trustees. A copy of the proposed budget will be available for review by the public, at the office of the Village Clerk and on our website five (5) days prior to the public hearing. All persons wishing to be heard on the question of the adoption of the tentative budget will be provided an opportunity, as time permits.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is it that makes the water turn orange when they flush the hydrant?
Minerals – Primarily Iron & Manganese
The Village of Brewster supply source is ground water drawn from five sand and gravel wells.
The semiannual hydrant flushing purges the system of the accumulated settlement of these minerals suspended in the ground water.
Opening the hydrants and increasing the water flow causes the disturbance of this settlement so that it may be flushed from the system.
Does running the tap water make it clear up faster?
No. To the contrary, running the water prolongs the turbulence in the system. The best thing to do is use as little water as possible for 12 to 24 hours so the system has a chance to settle out and clear.
Why does my toilet run after hydrant flushing?
Sometimes tiny particulate gets caught under the flush valve seal in the toilet holding tank preventing it from sealing tightly. The same can be true for washers and aerators (strainers) in faucets. Make sure your faucets and toilets are not leaking and are unobstructed after hydrant flushing. If you have strainers on washer supply hoses you should also check them but refraining from doing laundry for a 24 to 48-hour period from April 21st is recommended.
After this flushing, the next hydrant flushing is scheduled to be October 6, 2021.
The Village of Brewster would like to thank the following donors for their support in re-lighting the Village Christmas Tree. Their support has created a beautiful symbol of joy and peace of the season in our Village.
Paul & Candice Sciarrillo
Mike Durante, Inc.
George & Janet Gaspar
The Brewster Rotary Club
If you would like to make a donation, please remit payment to the Village of Brewster, 50 Main Street, Brewster, NY 10509.
November 5, 2020
Dear Village of Brewster Parking Permit Holders:
Over the past nine months, the Village of Brewster has been proactive in addressing the unforeseen effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the unintended consequences of this pandemic has been the financial toll it has taken on our small towns and villages, as well as on our residents and commuters.
In response to commuter concerns, we halted payments for parking permits, while still holding those parking spots within the Village lots, to help ease the stress and financial burden during these uncertain times.
The Village of Brewster has also been affected by the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, and as we approach the next billing quarter, we need to take steps to ensure the financial health of the Village. On November 4, 2020, the Board of Trustees agreed to resume charging fees for parking in the commuter lots that were being held during the COVID-19 shutdown. This decision was not without careful thought and discussion and the understanding that many commuters are still not utilizing the parking lots at this time.
If you wish to continue holding your parking spot, payment for the December 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 quarter must be received (or postmarked) no later than December 31, 2020. If you choose not to renew your permit, please contact the Village of Brewster no later than December 31, 2020 to let us know. If payment is not received by December 31, 2020, we will no longer be able to hold your parking spot (Railroad Avenue Lot, Marvin Avenue Lot, Green Lot, and Tri-State Lot), as well as your spot on the waiting list, and we will consider your account inactive.