From Councilman Tim Powers: Many years ago, the Town of Cairo led the way on offering local recycling for our residents in conjunction with the Greene county solid waste program. It was offered as a local convenience for those who are concerned with recycling. Now, over the course of time , as most of the local waste management companies offer up recycling cans at no charge as part of local domestic trash pick up, it has become obsolete, as well as abused by a few in our town. Several times in this past year, items other than recycling have been placed in the dumpsters in which the Town of Cairo is now responsible to get rid of at a cost to our tax payers. According to the Greene county solid waste department, the last four months of Cairo resident recycling dumpsters have had to be dumped into the normal domestic garbage stream due to the contamination from other than recyclable materials. The last incident of this appears to have been from a house clean-out in which to have the dumpster emptied by Greene county solid waste, will most likely result in a charge back to the Cairo taxpayer. This issue is compounded by the fact that in order to keep this from happening, the town must keep a member of the parks department on site during the normal hours of the recycling operation. Our park workers have often been harassed by some for attempting to enforce the restrictions of recycling. So therefore, as the result of this recent incident, the Cairo town board did an emergency resolution on 10/21/20, and unanimously decided to close the Cairo recycling center once and for all. Said closure to be effective on 11/1/20. Information on alternative Greene county solid waste and recycling locations will be posted at a later date. While the town of Cairo fully supports recycling, we as a town board can not, and will not tolerate the misuse of the system, harassment of our employees, or un-necessary costs to our taxpayers. Thank you
Please stop by the Town Hall lawn on Halloween as well as the Cairo Firehouse on Railroad Avenue to pick up some goodies for the kids on Halloween!
Come celebrate and watch the Parade of Lights November 29th starting at 6pm on Main street!
NO TRESPASSING: There is no trespassing on the Town of Cairo Highway Department property.
The Town Board Workshop will be held on November 2nd at the Town Hall at 7:00 pm. COVID-19 Social Distancing and Safety Precautions will be in place. Seating may be limited.
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)
The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, including MWBEs, nonprofits, and small landlords that have been excluded by other relief and recovery efforts, as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.
The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits, and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.
Please see the attached flyers for more details and visit www.nyloanfund.com.
Greene County EDC to Provide Zero Interest Emergency Loans to Small Businesses
Cairo’s Water Infrastructure Project
Part of the $2.4 million dollar funding will be used to:
1) Secure a new water source for the Town
2) Replace the older and less efficient water pipes in Town
3) Replace any and all meters that are broken or not working
4) Upgrade the current water tank
The Town currently has secured grant money of $75,000 to be used towards the new sidewalks for Cairo
1) The Town has applied for another grant through DOT for additional funding
2) The sidewalk will run from the Elementary School down to Hannaford
Street Light Change Over
Work has begun on the street lights, when they burn out they are being replaced by more cost effect lighting.
Solar Farm Viability
The Town is considering allowing a solar farm on Town property to reduce the energy source and provide a source of revenue.
Substantial costs savings with changing the insurance plans for the Highway Department
The Town Board continues to review and improve standards, policies, & laws for the town while maintaining a fiscally responsibility
to the Town residents
Building and Code Enforcement
The building and code department has been actively enforcing the town’s building and code laws
In 2020 the Cairo Historical Society is once again opening up the application process for the Town of Cairo Hometown Heroes Banners Program, a living tribute to the servicemen and women from the Town of Cairo who served our country from the French and Indian War to the present day. Information and payment due by March 6, 2020.
Each individual banner will be unique and honor a specific Town of Cairo former or present serviceman or woman and will include their picture, branch of service and military conflict in which they served.
The banners will be 18 inches wide and 36 inches in height and be in full color. They will be displayed for the summer months every year, from mid May until mid October for as long as the banners will last. The banners will be hung in the village of Cairo as well as the hamlets of Acra, Purling, Round Top and South Cairo and along main thoroughfares.
· Serviceman or woman must have been born in the Town of Cairo or have lived in the Town of Cairo
· Serviceman or woman must have served in the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard)
Ways to Sponsor a Banner:
· Family members or loved ones may sponsor a banner
· The cost of each banner is $250
· The Cairo Historical Society are the owners of the banners, will maintain custodianship of the banners and ensure they are hung each year
· Businesses may sponsor a banner for a particular Veteran by contacting Sylvia Hasenkopf at 518-821-3852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses who sponsor a banner will have their name as a sponsor on the banner.