Welcome to the official website for the village of Oneida Castle, NY.

Things are moving forward as far as our sewer project goes. We hope to put it out to bid next month. By the time we receive the bids back and pick the lowest bidder will probably be in the beginning of July and we will give that company the Notice to Proceed at the end of July. I'm not sure if they will start the digging then or at the beginning of 2025. I'll keep you advised as we go along.

Our Spring Cleanup will be May 10th and 11th. All leaves have to bagged and limbs can be no larger than 3 inches in diameter. Please let your neighbors know because those dates will be the only dates the pick up will be.

If you want to know what's going on in the village faster or what is going on with the sewer project sooner then join the village email list. You can do that by emailing me at jdescham@twcny.rr.com and I'll include you on the list. Also just to let you know that whenever I email everyone I send it Bcc so no one can see any other email addresses.

Here are the minutes of our last meeting:

March 4, 2024

The regular monthly meeting of the Oneida Castle Village Board was called
to order at 7:00pm by Mayor John Deschamps in the village hall. Also present were Trustees Ackerman and Gwilt, Treasurer Meyers and Clerk Canada. Others in attendance were residents Larry Nogas, Dave DeMarco, Gabe Stone , Sherri Stone, Pam Rood , Ed Lottermoser and Kathy W. Oneida County Legislator Keith Scheible was also present.


A motion was made by Trustee Ackerman and seconded by Ttrustee Gwilt to accept the minutes as read.


Mr. Scheible gave a report of things happening in the County. A one year service agreement was approved to develop and implement a pilot veteran-peer support program. The aim of this is to reduce veteran isolation and mental health issues by having meetings with fellow veterans and community members.

The County has also approved a contract with UP Development Planning to undertake a housing market inventory and assessment which will be due in February of 2025.

Mr. Scheible also mentioned the fact that Utica will be hosting the World’s Women Hockey Tournament which is a very prestigious event and will generate funds for the County.


Mr. DeMarco pointed out that since the fence and backstop has been removed from the baseball field, there are pipes still sticking up. This could present a dangerous situation and will be taken care of as soon as weather permits.

Ms. Rood inquired whether anything was new with the EPA grant. Mayor Deschamps responded by stating that Mr. Williams was going to inquire whether all of our necessary paperwork has been received.


Trustee Ackerman submitted an estimate from Salerno Electric for a new generator for the village hall. This estimate was $8,075.00 . The hall may at sometime be used as a storm shelter as it would be a place for residents to come during inclement weather.

Mr. Ackerman also reported that our snowplow was at Whites for repair during the last snowstorm we had.

Trustee Gwilt led a discussion on people who wish to advertise on our new electric sign. It was decided that local non-profit organizations will now be able to advertise on this sign if approved by the Board.

Gabe Stone who is working toward his Eagle Badge will be holding a bottle and can drive on April 6th from 9-2 at the village hall.


Discussion of new budget items took place. A motion was made by Trustee Ackerman and seconded by Trustee Gwilt to purchase a dog waste receptacle for the park. New bunting for the gazebo will also be ordered. A public hearing on this budget will be held on April 8th at 6:30.

The tax rate will be at $1.11 per thousand. The Board could override the 2% tax cap but do not wish to do so as the residents will have more expenses with the new sewers.

Mrs. Meyers began her report with the cash flows for February. Inflows were 0.00 and outflows totaled $2,500. making a total of -$2500. Year to date totals for inflows were $106,559.38 and outflows were $82,291.95 making an overall total for the year to date of $24,267.43.
There is currently $105,635.13 in savings and $218,105.52 in checking. The general fund balance is $321,417.56 and the bank balance is $323,740.65.

There is $7,208.41 in the Memorial Fund and the Ada Carr CD is now a total of $13,804.49.

A motion to adjourn was made at 7:50 by Trustee Gwilt and seconded by Trustee Ackerman. The next meeting will take place April 8th due to the Primary Day on April 1st.

Respectfully submitted,,

Jean Canada, Clerk