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Upper Delaware Scenic Byway 2022 Grants

FOSTERING THE FLYWAY ON THE BYWAY

The Delaware River serves as a flyway for the annual migration of Northeastern Monarch Butterflies from their summer breeding grounds to their wintering roosts in central Mexico. Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. challenges organizations to help its mission of promoting butterfly habitat through programs and events that educate the public about pollinator gardens, teach young people about butterflies, advertise the presence of butterflies along the byway, and other creative ideas.

VISTA ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

Owners of private and public properties along the designated NYS Route 97 Scenic Byway that would benefit from selective vegetative clearing to restore or improve travelers’ views of the Upper Delaware River from the highway may nominate their sites for these non-matching funds.

CULTURE & HISTORY ALONG THE BYWAY

Grants will be awarded for projects and events that promote the rich culture and history associated with the New York State Route 97 Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. Funded initiatives must have a focus that supports the state-designated byway’s mission and the activities will be open to everyone. Non-profit organizations or equivalent entities may apply for up to $1,500.

SIGNAGE ALONG THE BYWAY

Businesses and non-profit organizations that are considering new or refurbished signage along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway may seek up to $500 in matching funds for the signs to be located in close proximity to New York State Route 97. Any required permits are the responsibility of the applicant.

VISIT: WWW.UDSB.ORG/GRANTS

Attention Employers: Virtual Job Fair Feb. 17

The New York State Department of Labor invites you to the Southern Tier Virtual Career Fair, being held on Thursday, February 17 from 11 am to 2 pm.

The event supports recruitment efforts in the Southern Tier Region. This includes Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Broome counties.

Following receipt of exhibiting businesses registrations, businesses will receive an email containing deadlines, important links for accessing the event, login credentials to “create” your booth and a Virtual Career Fair Exhibitors Guide.

Businesses must register by Feb. 4.To register as an exhibitor, click here.

Cannabis Legalization – Q & A Webinar

New York’s Office of Cannabis Management is hosting 11 discussion sessions, including a question and answer period, about the legalization, health and safety, and goals to build an inclusive, equitable new cannabis industry

The Office of Cannabis Management will license cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensaries to grow and sell cannabis in New York. The Office will also create a social and economic equity program to encourage small businesses and communities disproportionately harmed by disparate drug enforcement to participate in the new industry.

To register for a FREE informational session click here.

Workforce Retention, Strategic Planning

Training FREE Webinar Series

There are an estimated 3,000 manufacturing jobs open in the Southern Tier. Based on national estimates, it is anticipated that the number will grow 5X by 2028.

Zoom Sessions Include:

Attraction and Retention

Friday, 2/11/22, 11 am – noon

Workforce Training and Development

Friday, 3/11/22, 11 am – noon

Compensation and Benefits

Friday, 4/8/22, 11 – noon

Employee & Labor Relations

Friday, 5/13/22, 11 am – noon

6th Session: Safety and Risk Management

Friday, 6/10/22, 11 am – noon

To register click here.

Employers : Help To Fill Vacant Positions!

The New York State Department of labor has FREE services for offer businesses

.The DOL hosts virtual career fairs each month allowing businesses and job seekers to connect in a safe and effective manner.

The DOL offers human resource assistance, such as job description and handbook writing, assistance with new employee orientation creation, and can assist with performance evaluation development.

There are also a number of federal and state tax credits available to businesses who hire qualified individuals.

You can also post your open jobs with the New York State Job Bank for free.

You can utilize the indexing feature to post jobs form your own website, self-post your jobs or have Business Services staff assist you.

You give the DOL the jobs and they will give you the best match possible!

For more information click here.

Grant Available For Businesses

Retain Paid Interns for Summer 2022

DCMO BOCES received funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to implement a pilot program that will help transition students from high school to careers locally.

Most of the $112,000 grant will offset the cost of paid internships for students during the summer of 2022. In addition, five employers will be selected to receive a $5,000 stipend to implement a plan that improves graduates opportunities to remain employed after the internship program.

The online application process is simple and guides employers to analyze their capacity to host an internship program. The grant funding will issue payment to the employer directly to pay for a payroll invoice giving employers the freedom to use their time to coach graduates rather than handling employment tasks.


DCMO BOCES is looking for employers to apply for the funding. For more information the Career Destinations Team at careerdestinations@dcmoboces.com or visit dcmoboces.com

IRS Small Business Virtual Workshop

Listening Session Feb. 17

IRS is hosting Zoom meetings for small business organizations and owners, especially those that conduct business in languages other than English. The 2-hour event will include presentations from IRS leadership from Examination, Collection and Taxpayer Advocacy covering the top tax issues affecting small business owners regarding income, deductions, employment taxes and recordkeeping.

Also covered will be getting ready for the 2022 filing season, tax scams targeting small businesses and how the IRS is reorganizing to better serve small business taxpayers.The event includes a listening session to hear your concerns, feedback and suggestions. How can we improve your IRS experience as a small business owner?

Date: February 17

Time: 1 p.m.

To register click here.

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness

for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued. “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds. We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”

“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”

SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.

SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020. SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.

Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

2022 Tourism & Development Grant Program

Development Grants Guidelines

Summary:

The Occupancy Tax was enacted into law by the Board of Supervisors for the purposes of creating a dedicated funding stream to promote and develop the tourism industry within Delaware County, thereby stimulating economic growth.

Funds raised through the occupancy tax will be utilized to support the implementation of programs designed to promote and increase tourism in Delaware County, as well as projects relating to capital and infrastructure investments that further support the development of this industry.

Eligibility:

Under New York State Law, not all entities are eligible to receive funding from a County government. Only municipalities, nonprofit corporations and certain not-for-profit entities are eligible for funding.

For-profit entities are no longer able to apply under fiscal sponsorship of a municipality or non-profit organization with the formal approval of such entity. Non-municipal applicants will be required to submit proof of nonprofit status in the form of an IRS determination letter or documentation of formal municipal fiscal sponsorship.

Note: Requests made by or on behalf of for-profit ventures, request for general operating support, requests for retroactive support for expenses accrued prior to an award and requests for sectarian based projects are ineligible.

Funding Categories:

Arts & Culture:

  • Maximum funding – $1,200
  • Projects must support artistic events, programs or a series of events that promote public engagement and access to the arts.
  • Must attract non-county visitors and be open to the general public.

Note: Artistic events/programs limited to serving the local community without a strategy for growth or not seeking to attract non-county visitors will not be funded.

Community Celebrations:

  • Maximum funding – $1,200
  • Projects that support events, programs, or a series of events that seek to build upon historical, musical, culinary, agricultural, recreational and/or cultural traditions of the area and hold the reasonable potential to attract non-county visitors.
  • Events must be open to the general public.

Note: Community Celebrations limited to serving the local community without a strategy for growth or not seeking to attract non-county visitors will not be funded.

Promotion/Marketing:

  • Maximum funding – $5,000
  • Projects should be designed to promote specific locales, activities or tourism areas within Delaware County that will target non-county visitors. Project collaboration is encouraged (i.e: Event promotes other businesses that enhances the event – lodging/restaurants/other activities).
  • Funds requested under this category should be used to cover costs related to printed materials, web site and social media marketing, and other promotional or marketing initiatives.

Capital Improvements:

  • Maximum funding – $5,000
  • Projects eligible for funding under this category include; the renovation/construction of tourism properties owned by a municipality or non-profit, infrastructure improvements with a direct relationship to tourism, and other physical/structural items with a greater than 5 year lifespan.

Major Capital Improvements:

  • Maximum funding – $25,000
  • Projects eligible for funding under this category include; the renovation/construction of tourism properties owned by a municipality or non-profit, infrastructure improvements with a direct relationship to tourism, and other physical/structural items with a greater than 5 year lifespan.

Note: This grant category will be reserved for one or two large scale capital improvement projects. Applications will be reviewed thoroughly and additional documentation will be required.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications submitted to the Tourism Advisory Board must clearly demonstrate how the project will result in an increase in the number of visitors, visitor frequency and/or visitor spending in Delaware County.

Applicants shall clearly define project goals and how the success of the project will be measured. Applicants will be required to demonstrate a minimum of 1:1 match between Tourism Promotion & Development grant funds and other project funds, as well as the applicant’s organizational and financial capacity for completing the project.

The Tourism Advisory Board will evaluate proposals on such criteria as:

  • Is the project, including goals, tasks and outcomes, clearly defined and likely to succeed?
  • Does the applicant have the organizational and financial capacity to undertake and successfully complete the project?
  • How likely is the project to result in increased visitors, particularly for overnight stays, and increased visitor spending?
  • How significant are the potential benefits of the project, are they measurable and how will they be measured?
  • Are the overall project costs and grant request justified based upon the expected benefits?
  • Does the project hold the potential to draw visitors during the mid-week and/or or off-season?
  • Does the project demonstrate strong partnerships, community support and collaboration with for-profit businesses?
  • To what degree does the project leverage other public and/or private funds?
  • Is documentation of project match provided?
  • Is the budget reasonably detailed and appropriate?
  • Is the project likely to be completed in a timeframe that is reasonable and appropriate?

Grant Awards

All grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and will require a minimum 1:1 cash match. Grant recipients will be required to document the availability of matching funds prior to receipt of grant funds. Grant awards are made by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on recommendation of the Tourism Advisory Board.

Required Reporting:

  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a closeout report no later than November 30, 2022. However, in the event that the event/project will not be completed by November 30, 2022, the reporting submission date must be indicated on the grant application.
  • The closeout report will specifically address the results/impact of the project and project finances, in addition to other items deemed appropriate by the applicant and/or requested by the Tourism Advisory Board. Report will include quantitative as well as qualitative measurements, survey results, statistics and/or other compiled data (final budget form).

Note: Any grant recipients that do not submit final reports will no longer be eligible for future grant funding.

Applications Deadline – Friday, February 25, 2022:

  • Hand-delivered to the Delaware County Economic Development at One Courthouse Square, Suite 4 (2nd Floor), Delhi NY 13753
  • Mailed to: Delaware County Department of Economic Development

One Courthouse Square, Suite 4 – Delhi, NY 13753

(Must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on 2/25/22 for consideration).

  • Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: Questions relating to this funding opportunity, or for assistance in completing the application, please contact Kelly Mariotti, Delaware County Department of Economic Development at 607-832-5123.

Train to Work Initiative

Reimburses Employers for Hiring & Training

Delaware County Department of Economic Development in partnership with CDO Workforce has announced the Train to Work Initiative, which will reimburse Delaware County businesses for hiring and training employees up to $5,000 for each full time employee and $2,500 for part time employees.

The Train to Work Initiative is designed to help businesses in Delaware County with the cost of training new hires. Equally important, it is also designed as a hiring incentive to create more opportunities for Delaware County residents to learn new skills and obtain employment in their own community. The Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, Tina Molé, has hopes that this will help local businesses with the current worker shortage.

“Many businesses are having trouble finding workers right now and training new workers can be expensive,” Molé said. “Now, with the Train to Work Initiative, they can hire people who are a good fit but may not have the necessary skills, and then train them on those skills.”

The initiative is designed to help employers find help by spreading their pool of workers into less experienced individuals. Glenn Nealis, Director of Economic Development said they designed the initiative to be accessible to businesses by minimizing the necessary paperwork. “We wanted to make this process as simple as possible so the small businesses can access it” Nealis said.

The initiative heavily relies on businesses developing their own training programs to meet the needs of their business. Businesses must submit an application outlining the training that they will provide, prior to hiring for the position. All contracted positions must be expected to provide at least 6 months of continuous employment. Temporary positions will not be considered.

The Train to Work Initiative is being paid for by Delaware County through a portion of its American Rescue Plan Act funds. Wayne Marshfield, Chair of the County’s ARPA committee said “It was a priority of the County to utilize a portion of ARPA funds to invest in the small businesses that drive our economy.

There is no deadline and the Initiative will accept applications until it runs out of funds. If a business is interested, they should contact the Department of Economic Development at ecd@co.delaware.ny.us or 607-832-5123.

For more information: Click here.

 Volunteers and Sponsors Needed

Upper Delaware Council

Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the 2nd Annual Upper Delaware Litter Sweep that will take place in every Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor community starting on Earth Day, April 22, and running through April 30.
Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt; supplies to use including safety equipment, bags, and pickers; and disposal information for their collected trash.

The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will work with designated Litter Leaders in the Towns of Hancock, Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland, Lumberland, and Deerpark (NY); and Buckingham, Manchester, Damascus, Berlin, Lackawaxen, Shohola, and Westfall Townships (PA) to coordinate a series of land-based cleanups.

Anyone willing to help provide labor or services should contact Ashley Hall-Bagdonas at (845) 252-3022 or ashley@upperdelawarecouncil.org and provide the following information:

• Your name(s), email, and a phone number; and
• Where in the river valley you would like to focus your clean-up efforts.

The appropriate Litter Leader for that community team will then reach out to confirm local pick-up dates, locations, and other arrangements.

Please note that the 2nd Annual Upper Delaware Litter Sweep is wholly funded by donations from partners, businesses, and those who love the river corridor.

Contributions via credit cards may be made via a Donate Now button on the UDC website: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/upperdelawarecouncil

Checks can be mailed to: Upper Delaware Council, P.O. Box 192, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, or monetary donations dropped off at the 211 Bridge Street office. Please indicate that the donation is for the 2022 Litter Sweep.

For more information on the UDC non-profit organization, please call (845) 252-3022, visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org, or follow www.facebook.com/UpperDelawareCouncil, Instagram @upperdelawarecouncil, and Twitter @UpperDelCouncil.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
224 PM EST Thu Jan 13 2022

NYZ044>046-057-062-141930-
/O.NEW.KBGM.WC.W.0002.220115T0000Z-220115T1800Z/
Cortland-Chenango-Otsego-Delaware-Sullivan-
Including the cities of Cortland, Norwich, Oneonta, Delhi,
Walton, and Monticello
224 PM EST Thu Jan 13 2022

...WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM FRIDAY TO 1 PM EST
SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as
  low as 20 to 30 below zero.

* WHERE...Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Delaware and Sullivan
  counties.

* WHEN...From 7 PM Friday to 1 PM EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on
  exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...In addition to the bitterly cold wind
  chills overnight, temperatures on Saturday are expected to stay
  in the single digits above zero and then quickly fall back below
  zero overnight Sunday night. This will be a prolonged period
  under very cold conditions. This could lead to pipes freezing.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Avoid outside activities if possible. When outside, make sure you
wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.

Town Court Hours

HANCOCK TOWN COURT INFORMATION 

HON. MICHAEL T. O’BRIEN


661 WEST MAIN STREET
HANCOCK, NY 13783
PHONE: 607-637-3650    FAX: 607-607-637-3613


COURT CLERK HOURS:
MONDAY: 8:30AM-4:30PM
TUESDAY: 8:30AM-4:30PM
WEDNESDAY: 8:3O.A.M-4:30PM
THURSDAY: 8:30AM-4:30PM
FRIDAY 8:30AM-4:30PM
 

LUNCH DAILY 12:30-1:00


WEEKLY COURT IS IN SESSION: HON. MICHAEL T. O‘BRIEN
MONDAYS 1 PM- 3 PM
UNLESS THERE IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY, OR VACATION IS POSTED

JUSTICE COURT IS CLOSED: ALL FEDERAL HOLIDAYS!!!!!!

Current Transfer Station Stickers Mandatory

Current Transfer Station Stickers Mandatory

The Town Of Hancock Transfer Station will no longer accept trash without a proper permit.
 

You may apply for a 2022 Transfer Station permit at the Transfer Station. Simply ask the attendant.
 

Upon completion of the application, please deposit the application along with a check into the mail slot at the Town Of Hancock Offices at:


661 West Main Street
Hancock, NY 13783

2022 Window Stickers will be mailed on a weekly basis. 

2022 Window Stickers must be displayed in the right lower portion of the front facing windshield of the vehicle.

Town Legal Notice

BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board does hereby prepare and approve as Preliminary Budget for the Town of Hancock for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2022 the itemized statement of the Estimated Revenues and Expenditures are now on file in the Office of the Town Clerk where they will be available for inspection by all interested persons during regular office hours and
 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Town Board shall meet at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in the Town Office Building 661 West Main Street, Hancock, New York for the purpose of holding a Public Hearing upon such Preliminary Budget at 7:00 PM and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Clerk give notice of such a hearing in the manner provided in Section 108 of the Town Law. The proposed salaries of the following Town Officers are hereby specified as follows:

            Town Supervisor – $11,209.31

            Deputy Town Supervisor – $5,740.08

            Councilmen 3 @ $3,060.00

            Justice – $11,888.25

            Supt. of Highways – $67,970.66

            Town Clerk – $42,203.62

            Tax Collector – $5,613.49

By order of the Town Board.

Dated: October 14, 2021

Ann L. Green, Town Clerk