Spring Trail Work

Because of the Coronavirus emergency, our spring trail work day has been cancelled.

But, the number of people using our trails has increased to an all-time high, as more people realize the value of our trails as a way to exercise and enjoy fresh air during the pandemic. And many people have expressed an interest in giving back to the trails. There are a number of trail projects that Acres residents can safely perform by themselves with no social contact.

If you are interested in working on one of these projects, send an email message to Frank Krueger, our trail coordinator, at fkktrails@gmail.com, along with your telephone number. Frank will call you back to discuss the various projects.

A MESSAGE FROM ESSEX COUNTY

PRESS RELEASE – ESSEX COUNTY, NEW YORK – Issued March 24, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM ESSEX COUNTY TO OUR VISITORS, WEEKENDERS AND
SECOND HOME OWNERS

Elizabethtown, NY – The Essex County Board of Supervisors is issuing the following statement to its visitors, weekenders, second home owners and short term rental owners and listings:

Essex County currently has four (4) confirmed cases of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and is responding with measures to proactively reduce further exposure as it impacts our limited resources.

To date we have seen an alarming influx of travelers from outside the County who are staying at second homes and short term rentals, like Airbnb and Vrbo. While you may be seeking refuge from the larger amount of cases downstate, you must be aware that this is a global pandemic. You and your families have a critical role to fulfill in halting the rapid spread of this virus, which can be dangerous and even fatal to the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted New York State, which is responding with all resources to contain a growing number of cases, which includes more than 20,000 confirmed cases and multiple deaths. Essex County has four (4) confirmed cases, none of which originated from within the county. However, a number of exposures will increase with the movement of non-residents into our area from other parts of the state and country, which will result in an inordinate strain upon the resources of public health, first responders, health care providers, our hospitals and other government personnel.

Essex County is an extremely rural county with only 38,000 residents. We have few hospitals and those that we do have are not capable of handling an increased number of patients. Additional needs presented with the increased presence of out-of county persons at our hospitals will tax our medical care system beyond its capacity. Currently, Essex County and its medical providers have limited COVID-19 test kits and will not be able to test for the disease and have stringent guidelines as to who can receive these tests.

Additionally, as a rural county, most small businesses are closed, services are severely strained and grocery stores, while still open to the public, are experiencing a shortage of food and basic supplies. Grocery store hours of operation are being modified to keep up with the demand.

As a vaccine does not exist, we have limited capacity to test, our hospitals are small and incapable of handling additional influx and our stores and infrastructure are incapable of providing supplies to a larger population, we are asking that you respect the integrity of our hospitals and infrastructure and not travel to Essex County from any area at this time. This is in keeping with federal and state mandates that people stay at home and stay put. It is far better for you to stay home and limit your movements. You should not have an expectation that resources will be available to you here that are not available to you in your home town. Essex County has a limited number of health care resources and hospital beds and there is no testing .

ADDITIONAL REQUEST TO PROPERTY OWNERS TO REMOVE SHORT
TERM RENTAL LISTINGS FROM SERVICES SUCH AS AIRBNB AND VRBO.
In addition, the Essex County Board of Supervisors strongly and respectfully requests that all property owners, (including second homeowners) remove any shorter rental  listings from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo immediately and not rent. As we work together to minimize the spread of this virus across our most vulnerable populations, we respectfully ask that property owners comply with this request to limit new exposures and protect the health and welfare of all by removing short-term rental listings from services such as Airbnb and Vrbo, and not renting their short-term rentals.

Finally, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, or other social events) are canceled or postponed through April 22, 2020, pursuant to NYS Executive Order 202.10. In relation to Airbnb, Vrbo dwellings that are rented by multiple families, Essex County views that as a violation of this Executive Order.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Shaun Gillilland, Chairman
Essex County Board of Supervisors

Property Tax Assessment and Grievance

During our AAPOA membership meeting today there was a discussion on how the Property Tax grievance process works.  

Here is a link that explains the process: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/grievproced.htm

According to the link, typically the grievance deadline is in May, but please check with the local assessors office, or contact Town Hall.

First step should always be to contact the Town assessor, and ask for an appointment to discuss the assessment, and the review process.  They should be able to guide you as to your options and next step.

If you are unhappy with the assessors decision, you can appear before the Town’s Board of Assessment Review (BAR).

If you remain unhappy about the outcome the third step is a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) with an independent hearing examiner.

Link to “official” website: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/litigants/scar/petitions.shtml

Link to Instructions how to file: https://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/LITIGANTS/scar/SCAR-genInfo-OS-NYC.pdf

Link to Form to file: https://www.nycourts.gov/LegacyPDFS/LITIGANTS/scar/New%20Petition%20ONYC%20Form%202019.pdf

Remember, a solid piece of evidence will probably be a current appraisal in your favor, and make sure the comparable properties used in the appraisal are fair and truly comparable to your home.