While it is up to each municipality to decide on who their assessor(s) will be, it is recommended that assessors have a level of municipal authority, as well as the ability to effectively engage with community members. In addition, assessors should have knowledge of plumbing and drainage systems and the ability to identify sump pumps, roof leaders and other drainage connections, including recognizing where the water is directed. Additionally, assessments should be done in pairs to ensure safety and thoroughness.
NOTE: It is extremely important for the assessor to regularly attend Oneida County Sewer District working group and Steering Committee meetings. This person not only will help to shape the OCSD assessment program, but will also play a critical role in relaying key information between the municipality and the Steering Committee.
When conducting assessments, materials needed include:
- Resident information, including owner’s name and tax ID
- Corresponding map of the area, including owner’s name and tax ID
- Spreadsheet for data collection
- Explanations of each of the ten questions to be asked during assessments
- Public education materials including program brochures and door tags
Letters should be sent one to two weeks prior to an assessment to familiarize homeowners with the program and alert them to the assessor’s scheduled visits. In some cases, neighborhood meetings may be appropriate.