Town of Plainfield

Thes earliest record we can find of white settlers in the town of Plainfield, is found in the "Old New York Frontier" published by Schreiber's. It places a "Squire Brown" at the forks of the Unadilla as early as 1724. The Indians drove him out the following year. Following the Revolutionary War, westward migration settled parts of the Lispenard and Schyler patents which made up the town of Plainfield. We have records of settlers along the Skaneateles Turnpike in 1793. Spooner's Corners and Lloydsville were among the first settlements along the turnpike. Plainfield Center was the largest of these settlements, it had it's own post office, schools, 2 hotels, a charcoal kiln, and several cheese factories as well as other shops. Edward Spicer was among the early settlers in 1796 in Unadilla Forks and when his young son died that same year, he started what we now know as the Unadilla Forks Cemetery. The town of Plainfield was established March 25th, 1799. The first gristmill was built by Caleb Brown in 1805. He also built an oil mill and a cloth factory on the east branch of the Unadilla River.
The influx of Welsh immigrants to the town of Plainfield began with Edward L. Morris in 1853. The area south of Plainfield Center became known as Welsh Hill. Many of the Welsh settlers found the land too harsh for dairy farming and grew hops. In 1869 the Welsh built a Congregational Church in Plainfield Center. A Calvinistic Methodist Church was built the same year on Welsh Hill. Services at both churches were in the Welsh language.
The town of Plainfield had 13 school districts, all of which were one- room school houses until the Unadilla Forks Academy was built in 1902. This academy, which included a high school by 1914, replaced the one-room schoolhouse in the Forks. By the year 1931 this school also became part of the West Winfield School system. The building is now on the New York State Historic Registry and was refurbished in 2011. The building is presently being used as a Court House and public meeting hall.
The buisness directory of the "Hamilton Child Gazetteer" in the year 1872-73 gives a listing of the dairy farms in the town of Plainfield at that time. These farmers sold their milk to cheese factories nearby of which there were many. This changed in 1895 when the Unadilla Valley Railroad was completed. This provided a market for fluid milk. Farmers transported the milk to stations at Leonardsville and River Forks in horse drawn wagons.
Waterpower made it possible for the hamlet of Unadilla Forks to flourish. The main dam provided the source of power for a saw mill, feed mill, grist mill, and carding mill. Unadilla Forks was home to a furniture factory and a cabinet factory which also produced rough boxes for burial as well as baseball bats. The saw mill provided electricity to the homes in the Forks before electricity was widely available. The 1868 map of Unadilla Forks shows a separate dam on the west branch of the river called Willow Glen. A factory was founded in 1850 and first manufactured cotton wicking and then steel hoes, rakes, and forks. This factory also made the handles for these tools.
The Unadilla Forks Fire Department was organized in 1913. The first fire house was at the end of Main Street near the monument. The present day firehouse was dedicated in 1955. The church bell served as the fire alarm until 1940 when the siren was purchased.
The present day town of Plainfield is primarily a residential area. The railroad stopped service in 1958. The Unadilla Forks Post Office, which was the last in the town of Plainfield, closed in 1967. The Forks Store is now an apartment house and the river is used only for recreational purposes. The Unadilla Forks Baptist Church stands at the center of the hamlet and is the last of the churches in the town of Plainfield.

Protecting Residential Utility and Municipal Customers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 As you may know, a recent amendment to the Public Service Law enacts a moratorium on disconnecting residential electricity, gas, steam, telephone, and water customers during the COVID-19 state of emergency. In cooperation with the Department of State, Division of Local Government Services, I am reaching out to local government leaders to offer technical guidance and answer questions you may have.

The new law, which amends Public Service Law §89-b and §89-l, prohibits water works corporations and municipalities from disconnecting residential customers for nonpayment during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The law further prohibits disconnections for nonpayment for 180 days after the state of emergency is lifted or expired (which is currently set for October 4, 2020) if the customer has experienced a change in financial circumstances during the state of emergency. The law does not eliminate a customer’s obligation to pay for service and instead requires water systems to offer deferred payment agreements with no money down, late fees, or penalties to customers who would otherwise be subject to be disconnection for nonpayment. Water systems must notify their residential customers of these protections. The Department of Public Service recently published the enclosed guidance in Matter 20-01676 to help utility providers interpret and implement the law.

 If you have any questions about these customer protections, please contact the Department of Public Service at utility.moratorium@dps.ny.gov.

New York State Public Service Law* provides temporary protections for essential utility and municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you experienced a change of financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, utilities and municipalities may not shut off your service for nonpayment, must reconnect your service within 48 hours, and must offer you a deferred payment agreement to pay any balance due.
There are immediate steps you can take to protect your utility service:
*Contact your service provider:
Your first step is always to contact your utility or municipality. Some utilities and municipalities may require you to self-certify that you’ve experienced a change in financial circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect your account from shutoff.
*Ask for a deferred payment agreement:
A deferred payment agreement allows you to pay your balance due in affordable, installment payments. Until March 31, 2021, utilities and municipalities are required to offer deferred payment agreements with no money down, late fees or penalties. You may be required to submit a financial statement documentation to your service provider. You are still responsible for your utility or municipality bill during and after the moratorium period.
* Pay what you can:
While your account may be protected from shutoff, you will still be responsible for the charges for service. Paying what you can now will help you avoid a larger bill later.
* Don’t wait until it’s too late.
These temporary protections are only available until March 31, 2021. The sooner you contact your utility, the sooner your account will be protected from shutoff.
*Public Service Law §§32, 89-b, 89-l and 91 (Chapter 108 and 126 of the Laws of 2020).

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is eligible for these protections?
A: Residential customers.
Q: What about small business and commercial customers?
A: The new law does not cover small businesses and commercial customers. However, many utilities are offering assistance to their small businesses and other commercial customers. Contact your utility to inquire.
Q: What utility and municipal services are covered?
A: Electricity, natural gas, steam, landline telephone, and water.
Q: Which water systems are covered?
A: These protections are available to residential customers of private water companies and municipal (water districts, city, town, village) water systems.
Q: What about cable, internet, and cell phone service?
A: These services are not covered by the law. However, you provider may be offering other, similar protections. Contact your provider to inquire.
Q: How do I certify to my utility or municipality that I’ve been financially impacted by COVID?
A: Contact your utility or municipality and explain that you’ve experienced a change in financial circumstances since March 7, 2020 due to COVID-19. Your utility or municipality must accept your self-certification and cannot require you document a job loss, pay cut, unemployment filing or other change in your finances as part of the self-certification.
Q: What can I do if my service was shutoff for nonpayment?
A: Contact your utility or municipality and ask for your service to be turned on. By law, utilities and municipalities must reconnect you within 48 hours until the moratorium expires on March 31, 2021. You can also ask for a deferred payment agreement to help you keep current on your bills.
Q: I need help paying my heating bill this winter.
A: Eligible customers should apply to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) for help paying their winter heating bills. HEAP opens in November and covers utility and municipal electric and heating services as well as heating oil, propane, and wood. Contact your local Department of Social Services or otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/ for more info.
Q: What can I do if my utility does not protect my account?
A: Your first step is always to contact your utility and try to work it out with them. If you still need help after speaking with your utility, contact the Department of Public Service Helpline at 1-800-342-3377 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm) or www.dps.ny.gov/complaints.

The Plainfield Town Clerk will no longer be a DEC Licensing Agent effective June 1st, 2020.The State has closed down all DEC Licensing Agents selling less then 15 hunting and fishing licenses throughout the year.   You may purchase hunting and fishing licenses locally at the Bridgewater Town Clerk’s office by calling:
315-822-6808 or by calling the DEC at: 1-866-933-2257.

Are you tired of the County Highway road conditions in Plainfield? County Highways 18, 18A, 19 and 21 are deteriorating and sometimes dangerous. It should not take damages to a car or an accident to have Plainfield County Highways safe to drive on.

Here are ways to contact the Otsego County Highway Department to voice your concerns pertaining to the County Highways:

1) The most effective way is to send a letter and/or email detailing the County Highway problem and its location to:

Rich Brimmer

Otsego County Highway Superintendent

20 Linden Avenue

Cooperstown, NY 13326

brimmerr@otsegocounty.com

2) Call Mr. Brimmer at: 607-547-0537 detailing the problem and its location

3) Sign a petition available at the Plainfield Town Clerks office at

    129 County Highway 18A, West Winfield, NY 13491, during regular  

     office hours of Tuesdays 9am-12pm and Wednesdays 4pm-6pm. You   

     can also call the Town Clerks office to set up a time to sign the petition 

      at: 315-855-7873

4) As well as contacting the Otsego County Highway Superintendent with your

    concerns, you can also contact the Otsego County Legislator for Plainfield:

Dan Wilber

Board of Representatives

County Office Building

197 Main St.

Cooperstown, NY 13326

wilberd@otsegocounty.com

607-547-4202

Town garage phone is 315-855-4478 if there is an issue with road safety or concerns. The officials tab at the top of this page has detailed contact info.

Employment Application

Any issues to come before the Board at a regular meeting, are to be placed on the meeting agenda.Contact the Town Clerk at 315-855-7873, Supervisor Todd Lewis at 315-368-4074 or plainfieldtownclerk@yahoo.com to add your name to the agenda.

The Town Board is looking to fill positions on Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Assessment Review. Please contact Town Clerk at 315-855-7873.

Current Year Assessment Rolls

Click Here to go to the Otsego County Real Property Tax Dept's Current Year Assessment Rolls

Please click on the link below for added history of Unadilla Forks

http://unadillaforksremembered.com