SARATOGA SPRINGS – A COVID-19 Task Force has been established, the city of Saratoga Springs announced March 26.
The action follows the State of Emergency - declared on March 13, and the activation of the City of Saratoga Springs Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Commissioner of Public Safety Robin Dalton leads the city’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak with Incident Commander SSFD Chief Joe Dolan and the support of the COVID-19 Task Force. The Task Force, in consultation with the City Council, is charged with coordinating the performance of specific emergency functions and responsibilities, as outlined under the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The Plan provides the city the critical ability to respond to the viral outbreak with a streamlined, efficient and direct response, Dalton said, in a statement.
Commissioner Dalton and Mayor Kelly stressed the city must remain vigilant in following community mitigation actions in the coming weeks to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and slow the spread from reaching our most vulnerable residents, while reducing the strain on our local health care system.
‘It is imperative that we continue to act responsibly and follow the Governor’s Executive Order, so our City can get through this challenging time united in spirit and strength,” Dalton said.
CITY HALL ESSENTIAL SERVICES CONTACT INFORMATION
Call your health care provider FIRST if you have any concerns over your health and possible exposure to COVID-19. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS
• Fire Department Non-Emergency
Call 518-587-3599. Access to administrative reports, including fire incident reports, will be handled via email and/or phone. No in-person document requests will be facilitated at Fire Headquarters (60 Lake Ave).
• Police Department Non-Emergency
Call 518-584-1800. Members of the public are asked not to come to the police department to file a report. To request copies of an accident report please visit https://buycrash.com. To download a police report request form please visit the city website at https://www.saratogasprings.org/290/Obtaining-Police-Reports.
•Please be advised that wait times may be longer than normal.
• Pay your parking tickets online at https://www.saratoga-springs.org/212/Parking-Tickets or Call 1-800-996-0285 to pay by phone (There will be a $3.50 charge per ticket).
• All station tours, internships, or non-essential programs have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. All civilian fingerprinting services have been suspended until further notice.
For more information, contact Eileen Finneran, Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, at 518-265-6485.
PUBLIC WORKS SERVICES
• The DPW workforce is in emergency standby mode.
• Transfer station hours are 8 am-12 pm/noon, Tuesday-Saturday.
• DPW service calls can be made to police dispatch at 518-584-1800.
CITY HALL SERVICES
No in-person services or appointments will be done at this time. All available City Hall services are outlined below.
• Vital Records: Death Certificates: Death certificates will continue to be filed within seventy two (72) hours as required by NYS Law.
• Chapter 136 Cabaret, Eating and Drinking, Lodging and Sidewalk Cafe Licensing: Mail applications and fees for renewal applications. Penalties for late filing will be waived.
• Special Event Application: Mail applications and fees. Permits will be issued per NYS Governor Cuomo’s Emergency Directives
• Assessment: Assessment operations are suspended until further notice
• Risk and Safety Issues: Please call Marilyn Rivers, Director Risk & Safety at 518-210-3243
• Vital Records and Purchasing staff are available by phone: Please call Marilyn Rivers, Director Risk & Safety at 518-210-3243
Taxes and Utility Bill payments may be mailed or paid online here: https://www.saratoga-springs.org/419/Property-Tax-Search-Online-Payments. You may also call the Finance Department at 518-587-3550 x2565. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
• Intake of new applications is suspended. The counter is closed to the public.
• For active permit applications, staff is reviewing them and working remotely. They are available by phone and email during business hours.
• Only inspections approved by the Building Inspector or designee will be scheduled.
• All non-essential inspections will be cancelled and/or suspended.
• Inspections will be limited to essential projects where no inspection alternative is possible.
• No inspections will be conducted in occupied residential buildings or assembly spaces.
• All inspection documents, plan revisions, and paperwork must be submitted digitally.
• If an inspection is approved, the contractor must provide accommodations for isolation.
• Intake of new applications is suspended.
• For active Land Use Board applications, staff is reviewing them and working remotely. They are available by phone and email during business hours.
• City Land Use Boards meetings are cancelled for at least the next two weeks.
• NO in-person registration. Online registration for Spring Soccer and Summer programs are still being accepted.
•Recreation Parks are open to the public, but no organized activities will be scheduled and fields will not be scheduled until further notice. All rental questions should be emailed to the address below. If you plan to use a park, please follow all NYS and CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
• The City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meetings, but the public will not be allowed to attend in person until further notice. Meetings will be livestreamed through our website and Facebook page. The agenda will be available in the Agenda Center. Email Mayor Kelly’s office with questions or comments that you would like to have entered into the record.