City Offices Closed; Garbage Pick-Up Suspended

City Offices will be closed on Friday, April 18, 2014 in observance of Good Friday.

Sanitation services (garbage pickup and transfer station drop off) will also be suspended on this day.

Sanitation services will resume on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan Open House

The Land Use Law Center is hosting a public “open house” on April 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at 305 Main Street, “The Canvas,” next door to the Artist’s Palate to discuss the draft Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan.  A team of facilitators will be on staff to take public comments.  The Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan (PCCRP) seeks to capitalize on all of Poughkeepsie’s assets while redressing enduring concerns about building vacancy, crime, public safety, open space, and the underutilization of land. The PCCRP generates planning concepts and implementation strategies to help reassert Poughkeepsie as the economic and cultural center of the Hudson Valley. Please help spread the word through your contacts. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 16th.

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Hydrant Testing Begins April 14

This notice is to all residents of the City of Poughkeepsie who utilize City water –

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department will be servicing and testing the City fire hydrant system.  This system is directly linked to the drinking water supply.

Be further advised that during the testing period, the water is safe, but should be run until it is clear; use caution when doing white laundry-it is recommended that you should wait a twenty-four (24) hour period after the testing has been completed in the vicinity of your neighborhood.

Within the next three (3) weeks, hydrants in the southeast section of the City will be tested: 

  • Main Street – South to the City Limits
  • South Hamilton Street – East to the Town of Poughkeepsie

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Common Council Seeks Members for Industrial Development Agency

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council is looking for members to serve on the City of Poughkeepsie Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Members must be residents of the City of Poughkeepsie. Please send letters of interest and resumes to Deanne L. Flynn, City Chamberlain to City Hall, Office of the City Chamberlain, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601, dflynn@cityofpoughkeepsie.com or by fax at 845-451-4239 by the end of business on Friday, April 18, 2014.

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Yard Debris Pickup Begins Wednesday, April 9

Curbside pickup of yard debris begins Wednesday, April 9, 2014 and runs through November 26, 2014. As with refuse, place the yard debris at curbside no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. If the July 4th holiday falls on a Wednesday, there will be no pickup of yard debris that week.

You have three choices on how to put material out for pickup:

  1. Place it in a biodegradable paper bag (do not use plastic) ; or,
  2. Place it in a clean garbage can (no trash material in it) ; or,
  3. If it is brush and branches, simply tie and bundle it.

All of the methods listed above require that the material be no longer than three feet so that it will fit in the City truck.

Allowable Storage Containers

  • Biodegradable bags
  • Trash cans (no refuse in cans)

Allowable Items

  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Grass clippings
  • Garden and yard debris
  • Twigs and branches
  • Trimmings and brush less than two inches in diameter and no longer than three feet long

Setting Out & Returning Containers

  • Trimmings and brush may be tied into manageable bundles.
  • Bundled brush should be placed by the curb and neatly piled in one direction.
  • Cans or materials are to be placed curbside no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on the night before scheduled pickup.
  • After pickup, cans are to be returned to the rear of the residence no later than 6:00 a.m. the morning after refuse is collected.

Loose Leaves/Fall Season

  • Vacuum truck service begins in November as posted on the website (or call Transfer Station).
  • Place leaves at curb only after your street has been posted.
  • Do not place leaves in gutter lines in the street as this will cause flooding when it rains.
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Mayor Appoints New Commissioner of Public Works

Mayor John C. Tkazyik announced today that Mr. Christopher Gent of Poughkeepsie will be the new Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Poughkeepsie.  He takes the position after former Commissioner of Public Works and City Engineer, Richard DuPilka, is retiring over 34 years of service to the City. His previous employment was with Chestnut Petroleum Distributors, Inc. as a Construction Manager, Turner Construction as a Project Engineer, and Assistant City Engineer for the City of Poughkeepsie.  Mr. Gent’s major responsibilities will be to plan and direct the operation of the Department of Public Works, including highways, buildings, parks, and utility infrastructure.  The Commissioner of Public Work’s salary is $85,000.  His appointment will be effective Monday, April 14, 2014.

Mayor Tkazyik said, “Mr. Gent’s diverse knowledge in both the public and private sectors will be an asset to the City of Poughkeepsie as he begins his role as Commissioner of Public Works.  He has held multiple positions with varying responsibilities over the years and is well-versed in the needs of the City having previously held the position as Assistant City Engineer.”

“I would also like to take the time to thank Mr. DuPilka for his many years of service to the City and wish him the best of luck in his retirement,” Mayor Tkazyik added.

Mr. Gent holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and began his career as an Assistant Civil City Engineer for the City of Poughkeepsie from 1996 to 1998 where he planned and designed infrastructure projects for the City.

Mr. Gent is quoted as saying, “I am excited to work for the City of Poughkeepsie.  This position comes with pride and opportunity to continue the professionalism of the post.  This is a job I have always aspired to and I believe this City needs the energy I am willing to provide.”

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RFB: Motor Oils & Lubricants

  Bid Packages: Motor Oils & Lubricants (369.0 KiB, 226 hits)

Sealed bids are sought and invited by the City of Poughkeepsie for Motor Oils and Lubricants; RFB-COP-03-14-01, as set forth in the specifications prepared by City of Poughkeepsie Purchasing Department.

Bids will be received by the Board of Contract and Supply, c/o Purchasing Agent, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 on or before 2:30 p.m., on April 23, 2014 after which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in the third floor Common Council Chambers, with the contract being awarded as soon as practicable thereafter.

Specifications and Contract are subject to provisions of Chapter 605, Laws of the State of New York of 1959, Section 103-A of the General Municipal Law and Federal Procurement Regulations 24CFR Part 85.36.

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RFB: Water Treatment Chemicals

  Bid Package: Water Treatment Chemicals (99.1 KiB, 237 hits)

Beginning immediately, sealed bids are sought and invited by the City of Poughkeepsie for Water Treatment Chemicals (RFB-COP-03-14-02) and , as set forth in the specifications prepared by City of Poughkeepsie Purchasing Department.

Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Contract and Supply, c/o Purchasing Agent, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 on or before 2:30 pm on April 23, 2014 after which the will be publicly opened and read aloud in the third floor Common Council Chambers, with the contract being awarded as soon as practicable thereafter. All bids must be made upon and in accordance with the form of proposals and attached specifications and shall be submitted in sealed envelopes marked:

PROPOSAL FOR BID #03-14-02: Water Treatment Chemicals

This contract consists of Water Treatment Chemicals for our Joint Water Plant. All questions must be submitted in writing via fax at 845-451-4175 or email to: ralstadt@pokwater.com by close of business (4:00 PM EDT) April 11, 2014.

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Committee of the Whole Meeting: Parking Meters

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie will hereby convene a Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Municipal Building/City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York for the purpose of discussion of the installation of the parking meters.

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April Planning Board Meeting Rescheduled

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 16, beginning at 7:00pm. A continuation of the Public Hearing for One Dutchess Avenue is scheduled for 6:00pm on April 16.

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