The first known Europeans to set foot in Columbia County were Henry Hudson and his crew. On September 17, 1609, Hudson stopped for a day at the mouth of what is now known as Stockport Creek, territory under control of the Mohican Indians. The first European settler in Stockport was Abraham Staats, who built a house at the spot Henry Hudson landed around 1660. The present Town of Stockport was formed from parts of Stuyvesant, Ghent, and Hudson in 1833.
Stockport is the smallest town in Columbia County at 13 square miles in area. It was named after Stockport, England, the hometown of James Wild, a prominent resident at the time.
At one time, this was the hub of industrial activity in Columbia County. The Claverack and Kinderhook Creeks join here to form the Stockport Creek, which flows out to the Hudson River. Waterpower was abundant and the historical evidence suggests that the motivation behind the Town’s formation was to benefit the proprietors of the many woolen mills along these sources of waterpower. These mills and associated buildings were used well into the 20th century. Another concentration of mills was found in Columbiaville, one mile inland from the Hudson, on the Stockport Creek. Columbiaville was an incorporated village from 1813 until the formation of the Town in 1833.
The Columbia White Sulfur Springs was located in the Hamlet of Stottville, at the southern end of Town. In the mid-1800’s, these sulfur springs were as well known as those of Saratoga. People came from great distances to drink and bathe in the water. The mills and spas are long gone.
Currently, the Stockport is a semi-rural town consistently primarily of residences and farms.
Town of Stockport
Tentative Board Meeting Agenda
March 11, 2014
On Wednesday, October 30th the Stockport Town Board passed the 2014 Town Budget that contains an overall reduction in the amount to be raised by taxes of 4%. In 2013 the Town Board had to raise taxes by 1.2% overall and increase water rates from $1.80 to $7.56 per thousand, while cutting back some services. This 2014 budget restores some of the services while giving the taxpayers some needed relief.
Not only will water and sewer users see a decrease in the amount to be raised by taxes they will see their rates maintained at the current level or decreased.
It is projected water rate will remain at the $4.50 per thousand level for 2014, which the Town Board was recently able to achieve with the help of Senator Marchione and Assemblyman Lopez. This rate was reduced from $7.56 per thousand, which was in effect the first two quarters of 2013. This has been accomplished while significantly improving water quality.
Sewer District #1 will see a slight decrease to $151.43 base rate per quarter in 2014; This down from $154.00 base rate per quarter in 2013 and $200.00 base rate per quarter in 2011 and 2012.
Kings Acres Sewer will be decreased to $226.00 base rate per quarter in 2014, this is down from the current rate of $269.00 base rate per quarter in 2013 and $312.00 base rate per quarter in 2011 and 2012.
The Town Board has worked very hard to monitor spending and look for ways to do things better and more efficiently. In 2012 the Town instituted new purchasing policies, a first ever personnel policy and vastly improved fiscal reporting.
Town of Stockport resident’s water rates to be reduced to $4.50 per thousand gallons
The Town of Stockport sought legislative authority to transfer $100,000 being held in a Capital Reserve Fund pursuant to General Municipal Law (“GML”) Section 6-c to the Town’s water fund to repay a one-time loan made from the Town Sewer #1 Fund to the water fund. The loan from the Town Sewer #1 Fund was made to relieve a cash shortage in the water fund discovered during FY 2012. This Legislative authority was achieved through the efforts of Senator Kathy Marchione and Assemblyman Peter Lopez; both of whom sponsored bills that were passed in the Senate and Assembly and eventually signed by the Governor.
The Town of Stockport was under significant financial pressure. In particular, ratepayers in the Town’s sole water district have experienced a significant increase in water rates. As of December 31, 2012, the Town’s Water fund faced an unreserved cash shortage of $76,244.97. The Water Fund also had accounts payable that needed to be paid for 2012 bills that were presented for payment but not paid until 2013. These bills amounted to $10,271.39 in operational costs and $14,759.00 for the Water Fund’s share of the New York State Employee Retirement Contribution payment. To address these issues, the Water Fund borrowed $100,000.00 from the Sewer #1 Fund to pay the 2012 bills. Consequently, water rates were adjusted in the 2013 budget to prevent such a cash shortage in the future and to repay the one-time loan from the Sewer #1 Fund before the close of fiscal year 2013 in accordance with GML Section 9-a(3).
The effect on water rates was significant. In 2012, the water rate was $1.83 per thousand gallons. The 2013 budget contains a rate of $7.56 per thousand gallons. A typical user in the Town consumes 8,000 gallons of water per quarter. Thus, the typical user’s annual water bill has increased from $58.56 annually to $241.92 annually. The special legislation that was granted will allow the Town to transfer $100,000 for its Capital Reserve Fund to the water fund, It is estimated that the water rate will be able to be lowered to $4.50 per thousand gallons, or an annual bill of $144.00 for the typical user, this represents a reduction of $3.06 per thousand gallons. While this is still a significant increase from last year’s rate, the previous rate of $1.83 was unsustainably low.
"The bill I sponsored in the Senate, and has been signed into law by the Governor, will assist the Town of Stockport in adjusting user charges to a lower rate and save money for homeowners and small businesses. I was pleased to have had an opportunity to work with Stockport Town Supervisor Matt Murell and Assemblyman Pete Lopez to help ensure the lower water rates became a reality. Working together to make a positive difference for Stockport residents is something I take seriously. I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate on such a worthwhile community project that will benefit Stockport families and businesses,” said New York State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R, C-Halfmoon).
Murell stated I would like to thank Senator Marchione and Assemblyman Lopez for their sponsorship and hard work to get this bill through both State houses, the residents of Stockport are very lucky to have them as their representatives; I would also thank Town Board members Kathy Hamm, Paul Knott, Dan Marcus and Norma Kirker for their input and support on this important issue.”
Murell continued that the “Town Board believes that it has taken all of the appropriate steps to fiscal responsibility and to determine the root causes of its budgetary problems. The Town had hired an auditing firm to conduct an audit of its accounts, and is also worked with the Comptroller’s Office to review previous year’s records, at the request of the Town.”
"I'm pleased to have worked with Supervisor Murell, the Town Board, and Senator Marchione to help advance this special legislation," said Assemblyman Pete Lopez. "Giving our local governments flexibility to meet community needs is a high priority for my office. This legislation will give important relief to our hardworking families and businesses in the water district."
The decrease in rates will take effect for the 3rd Quarter Billing which users will receive in October.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR A COMMITTEE TO RAISE FUNDS TO RESTORE THE STOCKPORT MASTEN PARK. ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING ON THIS COMMITEE IS REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE STOCKPORT TOWN HALL AT (518) 828-9389, EXT. 7.
THE FLUSHING OF THE HYDRANTS SCHEDULE IS LISTED ON THE WATER & WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT PAGE.
A LINK HAS BEEN ADDED TO VIEW THE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING REVISIONS. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK TAB ABOVE AND THEN CLICK ON THE DON MELTZ LINK LISTED.
THE MONTHLY WORKSHOPS AND REGULARLY SCHEDULED MONTHLY TOWN BOARD MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CHANGED. PLEASE SEE THE TOWN BOARD PAGE FOR THE DATES AND TIMES.
The attached resolution was adopted unanimously by the Stockport Town Board at its March 6, 2013 Board Meeting
TOWN OF STOCKPORT RESOLUTION ASKING FOR THE REPEAL OF THE NYS SAFE ACT
WHEREAS, The Stockport Town Board has long advocated for protection of the rights afforded to citizens under the Constitution, which has for generations guided our Nation and served as a framework to our democracy and society; and
WHEREAS, The New York State Legislature has recently adopted legislation, the NY Safe Act, proposed by Governor Cuomo to curtail these rights through the enactment of various anti-gun measures that will significantly impact legal gun owners and various businesses and suppliers of guns and related supplies and equipment; and
WHEREAS, This legislation was approved with scant public notice, very little public debate or review by State Lawmakers, and in the days since the legislation was introduced and enacted, concerns have arisen regarding various matters of law and potential defects in the legislation; and
WHEREAS, The Stockport Town Board believes that an issue of this seriousness and effect should have been granted a respectful and appropriate period of debate, review and consideration; and
WHEREAS, As New York State already has some of the toughest gun legislation in the Country, including the Sullivan Act, and concerns have been voiced that this legislation will not improve public safety in the state, including concerns by Legislators who initially supported the legislation; and
WHEREAS, This legislation will unfairly affect the rights of the many law-abiding gun owners in Columbia County and New York State who are granted the right to keep and bear arms under the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, this Legislation imposes a number of unfunded mandates on County government and taxpayers; and
WHEREAS, This legislation also does not adequately address regulation of those who are dangerously mentally ill and the many acts of violence committed by criminals who are likely to ignore this legislation, and does not address the concerns of many residents, particularly those in rural communities, to possess firearms for the purpose of home or self defense, in accordance with the provisions of the Second Amendment; and
WHEREAS, WHEREAS,The Stockport Town Board does hereby affirm support for the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the rights afforded to residents under the Constitution, and opposes attempts to infringe on those rights; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Stockport Town Board affirms support for the Second Amendment, and states opposition to the legislation NY Safe Act adopted by the State Legislature restricting the rights of gun owners and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Stockport Town Board further requests that the NY Safe Act be repealed during the current state legislative session; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Clerk of this Legislative Body is hereby directed to transmit certified copies of this resolution to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representative Chris Gibson, Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblyman Peter Lopez and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors.
The new Columbia County Alert system is now up and running. You must enroll to receive the notifications. Please go to our link page and click on the Columbia County link and enroll.
A Public Notice has been received concerning the Application of New York State Electric & Gas Corp. for a Certificate of Environmental Compatability and Public Need for Construction of the Columbia County Transmission Project. This is being listed on our site as it does pertain to the Town of Stockport. A copy is available at the Stockport Town Hall for review.
The Town Board passed Local Law #4-2011 Creating a Planned Development District (PDD) called the Columbia Springs Planned Developed District. The property is located along the east side of Route 9 at the northern end of the hamlet of Stottville. This legislation will allow a developer to build single family homes with a minimum lot size of one quarter acre in PDD Area 2. .Lots in PDD Area 1 shall be exclusively for townhouse units. Currently, plans are underway to build single family homes and townhouses on the property. For more information regarding the planned new construction, call Town Hall. Copies are available at the Town Hall.