NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Town Board of the Town of Colchester will hold a special meeting for the purpose of awarding the GREGORY HOLLOW ROAD STREAM CROSSING PROJECT. Such special meeting will be held Wednesday, the 24th day of July, 2019 at 4:00pm at the Town Hall, 72 Tannery Road, Downsville, NY.

By order of the Town Board
July 17, 2019

Julie B Townsend
Town Clerk



Colchester is doing its part to combat climate change while simultaneously benefitting businesses! An Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station has been installed in the parking lot of the Downsville Diner, thanks to owners Maureen and Ed Pedersen who granted the town permission to site the Station in the diner’s parking lot.

Charging will be provided free of charge as an incentive for people to visit Downsville and benefit our economy.  We are also hoping to increase the local-user base by encouraging more people to purchase electric cars. Although there are currently approximately 30,000 electric vehicles registered in new York, with about 980 charging locations, there is a real need for more stations in our upstate area.

The Colchester EV station has been installed by PlugIn Stations online and will feature a Dual “ChargePoint” model.  Users can use a ChargePoint account card, another (RFID) credit card (e.g., Visa PayWave, MC PayPass, Discover Zip, American Express Express Pass), or an app to charge their car. While waiting, they can visit the restaurants and other stores in town, visit the historic Downsville Covered Bridge and covered Bridge Park, walk the town’s fitness and walking trails, view Tub Mills Falls, and take advantage of the many things the town has to offer.

“Emissions from the transportation sector are the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in New York”, said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in a release.  Electric cars provide clean energy alternatives.  Commissioner Segos said, “The Town of Colchester is a strong partner in New York’s fight to combat climate change, leading by example and embracing enlightened ideas that will reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels and the harmful emission they produce, while simultaneously growing a green ecomony rooted in sustainability.  Governor Guomo’s innovative Electric Vehicle initiatives are an important part of the state’s overall clean transportation strategy that is putting more EVs on the road and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the planet”.

The EV Charging Station is the fourth high-impact action to be completed by Colchester in order to be certified as a Clean Energy Community.  The town previously adopted the NYS Unified Solar Permit (simplifying the installation of solar projects) and benchmarked energy use in municipal buildings over 1000 square feet.  Also, Colchester’s Code Enforcement Officer has completed training in energy code enforcement.

The Electric Vehicle Charging Station was funded in part by Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and by the Town of Colchester.

The Town of Colchester Earns Clean Energy Designation for its Commitment to Cut Costs and Reduce Energy Consumption.

The Town of Colchester has been designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, recognizing its leadership in fighting climate change, reducing energy use, advancing a clean energy future, lowering energy costs for residents and businesses and driving clean energy locally.  Clean Energy Communities advance the Governor’s Green New Deal by demonstrating the importance of communities in helping New York reach its goal of having a carbon-free economy as soon as practicable and a carbon-free power grid by 2040.

Art Merrill, the Town of Colchester Supervisor, emphasized that, “we are honored and proud to receive this designation. Being a Clean Energy Community Township accentuates our pride in this area’s natural beauty and our dedication to its stewardship.  The Clean Energy Community designation couples well with our Complete Streets Policy and our plans for developing the community parks and trail system.  It will encourage our economic growth with the focus on prosperity and environmental protection.”

We invite everyone to use our Electric Vehicle Charging Station located in the parking lot of the Downsville Diner, 15185 State Highway 30, Downsville, NY  13755.

For more information about the station, visit our Facebook group “Colchester, NY: A clean Energy Community” at or contact B Seegmiller at


Downsville Water District


We have water leaks.  Will you please check all your properties; places you own, rent or are responsible for, including houses, mobile homes, out buildings.  Check and listen for leaks.

If you have a friend or neighbors who are away, please check their places as well.

If you suspect issues, please call:

Ron MacDonald at 363-2348 or Julie Townsend at 363-7169.

Thank you for your help.

Eagle Raffle Winners

The winners of the two eagles chainsaw carved by Mark Tyoe of Salibury, NY were drawn and announced last evening at the regular meeting of the Colchester Town Board.

Paul Burns of Downsville won first choice and Peter Schuenzel of Randolf, NJ and Tub Mill Downsville won the second choice.

The two eagles had most recently been displayed at the Catskill Country Market and the Old Schoolhouse Inn and Restaurant. Paul chose the eagle from the Schoolhouse, the one Mark carved and brought with him when he and his wife Linda came to Pepacton Park to do the live demonstration. Peter will get the one from the Market which Mark carved live in front of a very appreciative audience on October 10th.

We want to thank everyone who participated in and supported the 2015 Downsville Eagle Streetscape Art Project. The Eagle Event day and the raffle generated just over $3000.- for a possible streetscape event in 2016.

Special thanks and recognition goes to Pio Deroda who developed the idea, procured a grant from the Roxbury Art Group and a matching grant from the O’Conner Foundation, and did all the worked involved in the project. She received valuable support and assistance from many Colchester residents and we wish to thank everyone who assisted.

Thirteen of the eagles are on display in the front windows of Poppy at the four corners in Downsville. One is placed at the Town Hall.  The others are safely stored for the winter. The future of the nineteen will be determined this winter.




Minutes, etc.

As you may have noticed we have uploaded the most recent Board Meeting minutes.  Just click on and open to read.

We also had another productive training session and are learning the in’s and out’s of WordPress. There’s a great deal to absorb.

Kay has also done some updating with the Historical Society page.

Next we will work on the calendar and uploading documents.

Again, thanks for your patience.

The Beginning


As I learn to maneuver this new technology (new for me) please bear with me.

First, and foremost, I must acknowledge and thank the team of young ladies who have made this site possible.  They have designed and created it all, and have patiently guided me in the process.  Katie Mattson, Colleen Griffith, Pio Deroda, and Jen Guzman have all worked diligently to make this finally happen.  Katie, in particular, has lead the creation.  We will continue to tweek it and attempt new things, but in essence it exists.  Thanks to each of them.

Our intention is to make this a venue of communication and information dissemination.  We want to open more avenues for dialogue and getting the word out to you all.  Meeting notes will appear here soon, as will other notifications, as well as documents you might need, or contact info you might use.  Please give us feedback. Please have patience. And please spread the word.

Have a safe and happy holiday

Wishing you Happy Holidays as we head into the new year! Please continue to bear with us as we add content and fine-tune the site. The ice-rink will be open sometime in January for free public use. Take a look at some of the pictures from the annual Christmas parade!