Village of
Oriskany Falls

Fall Newsletter - October 2009

Fall Newsletter


Village of Oriskany Falls

"In The Valley"

Incorporated 1888

Broad Street


How do you feel about the driving conditions on Broad Street? It is terrible! The Village Board would like to correct these terrible driving conditions. On Monday, August 24, 2009, Senator David Valesky, County Legislator Ed Stephenson and several NYS Department of Transportation representatives were here to discuss possible solutions of repairing Broad Street. The Village has hired Jack Dodson from Dodson & Associate Consulting Engineers, PLLC to draw up engineer's reports for the repairs to Broad Street. Mr. Dodson gave an estimated proposal in the amount of $860,000 for the repairs.


The work consists of reconstruction of approximately 1,500 feet of Broad Street. The existing pavement and sub-grade would be removed and a new base would be placed after the underdrain, storm sewer and catch basins are in place. New sidewalks, new curbs and a new road with proper drainage would be the completion of the project.


Instead of having the Village taxpayers pay the whole bill for the next thirty years the Village Board has been looking into several options. A pre-eligibility package through USDA has been completed and we are waiting on a response from them. It could be a grant or a low interest loan or both. Currently the Village Clerk is working with Mr. Dodson on completing a grant application through NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. If awarded the Village could receive 85% of the project funding.


The Village is working hard to get this project approved for funding but it will take some time. The Village Clerk will keep you posted on any new information.


New Trucks


On July 23, 2009 the Village of Oriskany Falls Volunteer Fire Department received their new 2009 Pumper/Tanker. The truck needed to go to Suthpen’s Northeast Service Center in Cicero due to paint issues. Our truck was returned on August 17, 2009, with the improved paint job and that night it went straight into training with the Volunteer Fire men.


On Friday, August 7, 2009, the Village of Oriskany Falls DPW Department received their new 2009 Ford F-450 Dump Truck from Don’s Ford. This truck was paid for through the Village’s Equipment Reserve Account. Which means the Village did not need to get a loan to pay for this truck.  Also, the Village sold the 1997 Ford 1-Ton Dump Truck for $6,051.01.


USDA Single Family Loans and Grants


USDA provides Single Family Housing Programs, which may be of interest to members in our community. It is their goal to increase the number of single-family homeowners in the area and to help current homeowners with limited income needing home repairs. USDA Rural Development provides direct loans to persons with very low and low income who cannot obtain credit from other sources. They offer subsidy programs that can assist households who often find a monthly mortgage payment is the same, or even less, than their monthly rent payment.

Their Direct Homeownership Loan Program offers loans for 33 years at the current interest rate of 4.875%. Depending on the borrower’s income, taxes, insurance, and number of dependents, the subsidized interest rate could be as low as 1%.  Once a loan has closed, subsidy is renewable annually. No down payment is required, and the closing costs may be included in the loan.

The 504 Program provides help to very low-income home owner-occupants to make needed repairs. Houses must be modest single-family homes in eligible areas. Loan funds are available for repairs to improve or modernize a home, make it safe and sanitary, or to remove health and safety hazards. For homeowners age 62 and over who cannot repay a loan, grant funds may be available to remove health and safety hazards or to remodel dwellings to make them accessible to household members with disabilities. See below to find out if you are eligible.



Income Category   1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people 8 people

Very Low income  $19,950 $22,300 $25,100 $27,900 $30,150 $32,350 $34,600 $36,850

Low Income           $31,250 $35,700 $40,200 $44,650 $48,200 $51,800 $55,350 $58,950


MADISON COUNTY                                                                                                                       

Very Low income  $22,300 $25,500 $28,650 $31,850 $34,400 $36,950 $39,950 $42,050

                                Low Income          $35,650   $40,750   $45,850   $50,950   $55,050   $59,100   $63,200   $67,250


The Marcy USDA Rural Development office services Madison, Oneida and Herkimer Counties.  By visiting, you can view your counties’ income limits and eligible rural areas.  To qualify for USDA Rural Development financing, applicants must have an adequate credit history and have sufficient income to make the mortgage payment.  The home purchased must be modest, in good repair (or be able to be repaired with loan funds) and located in an eligible rural area.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more please contact USDA Rural Development Office at (315) 736-3316 extension 4.


Stone Church


On March 2, 1979, Village Mayor Joe Reddy received a letter from the New York State Parks and Recreation stating that the Old Stone Church, First Congregational Free Church of Oriskany Falls was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on January 2, 1979. By having this building on the National Historic Register of Historic Places, it opens the opportunity to apply for grants through New York State Parks and Recreation to restore the property.


The Village Board reviewed the grant application, which was due September 15, 2009. The Village Board would like to know what you the public would like to see done with the Stone Church? Please let us know for the next round of grant applications.




Home Energy Heat Assistance (HEAP)


Summer has ended and now the cooler weather has arrived. Do you need help with your heating this winter? HEAP is a federally funded program designed to assist low to middle income families and individuals in meeting the costs of home energy. You may apply for HEAP at the Utica Social Services office, located at 800 Charlotte Street, or the Rome Social Services office, located at 228 W. Dominick Street. Also, there are outreach services available.

 Mohawk Valley Community Action will be at the Oriskany Falls Village Hall Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 1PM through 7PM to accept applications for HEAP. Make sure that you come prepared!


To find out if you are qualified to apply for HEAP you may go to their website at  For more information contact the Utica HEAP Office 798-5559, Office for Aging 798-5770 or M.V. Community Action at 339-5640.  


What you will need to bring!


Birth Certificates

Marriage Certificate

Social Security Cards

Shelter Expenses

Proof of Income -last 4 weeks,

2 if biweekly

Proof of Resources (emergency HEAP only) such as: Bank Accounts, Stocks, and Bonds etc.


2009 Summer Recreation Program


There were forty-four children registered for the Village of Oriskany Falls Summer Recreation Program this year. The daily average attendance was twenty-six.


The group visited C.W. Clark Memorial Library once a week for their Summer Reading Program. The Summer Program children took part in the Oneida County Sidewalk Art Contest and had a Crazy Tie Contest at Oliver/Burleigh Apartments. The residents of Oliver/Burleigh did the judging.


There was a Mexican Fiesta and Hawaiian Luau to try new foods along with sports and crafts daily. The children were bussed twice a week to Clinton Pool for two hours of free swimming. Had a fishing lesson at Chittning Pond. Airborne Adventures landed a Hot Air Balloon at the Firemen’s Field and demonstrated how it works. The Kelly Miller Circus also performed at the Firemen’s Field. The children went up to the Firemen’s Field early that morning and watched the elephants set up the Big Top.


There were several new field trips this summer which consisted of, digging for fossils at the Petrified Creatures Museum, nature walk and bike climbing at the Potato Hill Farm, soft ball game at the New Hartford Town Park with the Deansboro Summer Recreation Program, went to the Utica Zoo and ended the summer with a trip to Sylvan Beach for swimming, rides, games and a cook out. The Village sets up the transportation with Waterville School and the Oneida County BOCES program provided lunches.


32 children completed a survey. The children would like to see some improvements to the Maple Ave Pavilion, like electricity, water fountain and enclose part of the pavilion to protect them from the weather. They preferred Clinton Pool to Madison Lake, favorite field trip was a tie between the Circus and Potato Hill Farm, and least favorite trip was Petrified Creatures.

Overall the children really enjoyed the Summer Recreation Program.


EMAIL Requests

Last October 2008 Newsletter the Village Clerk suggested an email based information system.  Any resident or customer of the Village may request to receive an email of any upcoming events, Newsletters, Posting, Annual Quality Water Report that is sent out in May. Since then the Clerk has received 7 requests for emails being sent rather that paper. This is a reminder to please send your email requests in. There are over three hundred customers in the Village and it would save the taxpayers money if more people got on board with email.

Any Village resident or outside Village customer who would prefer to receive information by email please send the Village Clerk your email address. The Village of Oriskany Falls email address is



The Village of Oriskany Falls and Town of Augusta applied to the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund Website Grant. The grant would setup a website for the Village and Town and would also pay for the first years website fees. No award announcements have been made at this time.


Winter Parking

The Village of Oriskany Falls Board of Trustees adopted Local Law #2 “Prohibited Parking” Of 2004 on June 21, 2004. Section III. Prohibition states;


A.        It shall be unlawful and in violation of this local law for any person to park, and for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in their name, or operated by them, to be parked between the curb line of any street in the Village and the interior sidewalk line.

B.         It shall be unlawful and in violation of this local law for any person to park, and for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in their name, or operated by them, to be parked overnight (between the hours of 2 AM and 6 AM) on any street in the Village during the months between and including November and April of each year.

C.     It shall be unlawful and in violation of this local law for any person to park, and for any person to cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in their name, or operated by them, to be parked on the South side of Main Street from the Madison Street intersection west to a spot 100 feet west of the village post office for more than a one (1) hour duration during the normal workweek of Monday through Friday inclusively (holidays excluded) between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM.


In October 2007 the Village received a $10,000 grant from Assemblyman William Magee to create a public parking lot. Any person working at or using downtown Village businesses please use the parking lot located on the corner of Cassety and Broad Street.


Monthly Board Meeting Schedule


The Oriskany Falls Board of Trustees Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of every month at 6:30PM, unless Monday is a holiday then it will be moved to Tuesday. Public Hearings are normally scheduled on the same date as the third Monday, Monthly Meeting and are held at 6PM, a notice will be posted in the Waterville Times for those meetings.


Upcoming Scheduled Meetings

October Meetings Monday October 5 and 19, 2009 6:30 PM

November Meetings Monday November 2 and 16, 2009 at 6:30PM

December Meetings Monday December 7 and 21, 2009 at 6:30PM

January Meetings Monday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:30PM


Please address any questions concerning the Village in writing to the Main Office at 185 North Main Street, Oriskany Falls, NY, 13425, ATTN: Mayor and Board of Trustees. To contact by telephone: Mayor John Misiaszek, III, Clerk/Treasurer: Amber Bell, Trustees: Thomas Kilts, Sheila Johnson, Brian Bell and Robert Friers, Codes Officer Robert Cowles, Jr., DPW Superintendent: Robert Bowie and WWTP Operator: Robert Galinski;


Village Hall 821-7275          Fax Line 821-6590     Village Clerk Cell 335-0129

Village DPW Superintendent Cell 335-0341


Other Important Telephone Numbers


Town Clerk 821-2489          

Town Assessor 821-2483    

Town Superintendent 843-4811    

          Town Supervisor 843-4099         

Town Zoning Officer 843-4811      

Town of Augusta Judge 821-3814

Village Post Office (315) 821-7925

CW Clark Memorial Library 821-7850


Emergency 911

Sheriff 841-8500

NYS Police 736-0121

Non-Emergency OFFD 821-6171