Located along Chenango County's eastern edge, the Town of New Berlin encompasses the Village of New Berlin as well as the hamlet of South New Berlin. The rural community about 55 miles from Binghamton offers recreational opportunities as well as historical attractions.
New Berlin was formed from Norwich in 1807. It is highly likely the town was named "New" because one of its earliest settlers originated in Berlin, NY or Berlin, Connecticut. Today, the community still values its rich history. The village's historic district includes 122 properties in both residential and commercial areas. Preferred Manor, built in 1831, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The large home, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, features one of two indoor weather vanes in existence. The building is now owned by Preferred Mutual Insurance Co. and is used as a bed-and-breakfast.
Hunts Pond State Park, on Hunts Pond Road off State Route 8, offers a boat launch, fishing and a picnic area. The park, which is open year-round, does not have established trails but adjacent state land is available for hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
The community is served by the New Berlin Library, at 15 S. Main St. in New Berlin, as well as the South New Berlin Free Library, at 8 Main St., South New Berlin. Area children attend the Unadilla Valley Central School District.
The town is home to 2,803 residents, according to Census 2000, which showed the population fell by almost 8 percent during the last decade. The village population numbers 1,129, a 7 percent drop from its 1990 census figure.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to section 12 and section 92 of the Town Law, a special election of the qualified voters of the Town of New Berlin, Chenango County, New York, will be held at 30 N Main Street in New Berlin, New York, in said Town, on the 19th day of January, 2021, between the hours of 12:00 o’clock PM and 8:00 o’clock PM EST for the purpose of voting on the approval or disapproval of Local law # 2 adopted by the Town Board of said Town on the 13th day of October, 2020, which Local law provides for amending the code of the Town of New Berlin to provide for the abolishment of the Police department of the Town of New Berlin.
The polls will be open for the receipt of ballots during the aforesaid hours and ballots will be substantially in the following form, to wit:
PROPOSITION # 1
Shall the qualified electors of the Town of New Berlin in the County of Chenango approve the action of the Town Board of the Town of New Berlin, New York by the passing of a Local Law to abolish the Police Department of the Town of New Berlin?
BY THE ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD
OF THE TOWN OF NEW BERLIN
BY DEBORAH A BARKER, TOWN CLERK
DATED DECEMBER 16, 2020
Chenango County is in the process of updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan with Consultant Tetra Tech, and we need your input!
The County has assembled a team to update our hazard mitigation plan which addresses hazards that impact our municipalities. Please help us plan for future disasters by completing this survey regarding natural hazards (will take approximately 15 minutes). https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChenangoHMPCitizenSurvey
Hazard Mitigation is any action taken to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. These disasters include floods, severe storms, extreme temperatures and others. (See the flyer below for more details.)
This survey is designed to gather information from around Chenango County to help us better coordinate activities and reduce the risk of injury or property damage. These questions are for information-gathering only and do not necessarily reflect any intent or future priorities of any governing body. This information will be shared with municipal, state, federal and county entities for planning purposes only.
You will be asked if you live in a floodplain. If you do not know, or are not sure, please check the FEMA website: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home or call the Chenango County Planning Department for assistance if you are still having trouble determining if your property is in a floodplain.
The website for the hazard mitigation plan which includes information regarding our progress so far: https://www.chenangocountynyhmp.com/