Welcome to summer 2017. For all of our full time residents, our snowbirds and for those lucky enough to vacation or visit, we look forward to helping you have a safe and fun time.
Congratulations to all of our recent high school graduates! May you all have wonderful futures and hopefully, some will stay or return here with MANY children to keep the community vibrant for decades.
The spring storm that again flooded our businesses and homes is behind us and the final NYS Deptartment of Transportation plan is close to approval. Unfortunately, it will affect several businesses, create some traffic problems and give the Village crews much work in coordinating the project. But not this summer, as the construction phase is scheduled for 2018 or 2019. In the meantime, the temporary hoses are in for weather emergencies.
Speaking of storms, the past few weeks have seen many trees damaged by wind and biting rain. As with other problems, when big trees come down our Village Public Works guys and the Union Springs Fire Department, Springport Fire District are always there to help clean up.
On to the Park. Swimming started on Monday the 26th and the Lifeguards are already very busy cleaning the beach, providing information and keeping our families safe.
The boat launch is super busy and sometimes too busy. A couple of weekends ago we had a beautiful day, a scheduled fishing tournament and lots of people eager for their first summer boating. All of this was good until other unregistered groups showed up. The bottom line, it got very unsafe with traffic as most of the 100 – 150 boats in the fishing tournaments all wanted out of the water at the same time, for weigh-ins. We as a board are working hard on a solution.
This is another reminder that the Village no longer does special pickups. Arrangements for large items should be made privately. For rates at the local landfills:
- Auburn City Landfill 315-255-4155
- Seneca Meadows 315-539-5624
Please follow all PARK RULES. They are meant to prevent problems and enhance everyone’s visit. Additionally, let me remind the many pet owners that the South side of the park is for leashed dogs. No animals are allowed near the beach, the playground or the ball fields. And please keep your autos off the grass.
I write this as we had another flooding incident. The NYS Department of Transportation had assured us the fix of the problem from two years ago would work. As we meet with them over the next few weeks I hope they can convey some sort of rational reasoning in their next steps forward. As with the fire at the Academy, when something happens in our community, it doesn’t just affect a few, it affects and matters to us all. And a huge thank you to our DPW staff and local Fire Department for their response and really, saving lives and property.
Another sad but less profound occurrence happened over the weekend. Someone (evidence shows a few) did damage to our wooden fencing, caused other damage and left beer cans/bottles near our basketball court and little league field. We are currently surveying the camera footage to try to find out who they may be. Please, please have respect for our community property.
On a high note, the weather is getting warmer, the grass is greening and the leaves are budding. At last! As I grow older, I believe the winters are starting later and ending later. Maybe it is just me.
Mayor Bud Shattuck
If you have ever been in the Post Office here on Center Street, then you have probably noticed the ever changing displays in the inner office. Many kudos and “thank you”(s) to Linda Zach for this unique way to celebrate the holidays and our history!!!!!!
The winter parking rules are still in effect until April 1st. Please park off street even when there is no snow.
Spring will be upon us soon and I am sure everyone will want to be sprucing up around their homes. A reminder that we will NOT be doing brush pick up or mulching until the weather is better and our plows have been removed from the trucks. Also we prefer that you bag your leaves and yard waste in paper bags as they are compostable. Plastic leaves a mess down the road.
And when the park opens and more people start walking through, the south side of the parking lot is for dogs. Please leash them and pick up after them. The village has provided a receptacle on the south side of the public restrooms for disposal of pet waste. Everything else in our park is carry in/carry out.
This newsletter’s less positive note is about some derogatory graffiti found on local street signs. Hopefully, this was a onetime thing and maybe the result of a young person seeking attention. If you see anyone spraying or defacing property in the village please feel free to contact me, or better yet contact the Sherriff or State Police. And again, be good neighbors and look out for each other.
The construction project at our water plant, across from the high school is on schedule and should be finished by May.
Shortly after that the village is looking to add a large solar field of panels to that site. This should result in a huge savings in energy costs for us and an opportunity for many residents (and some businesses) to also receive this electric rate savings. More on this soon.
The village election is nearing, and I hope you will all take the time to vote. This year 3 of the 4 Village Board seats and the Mayor are up for election. I will state again: there is a need for public participation and so if you are happy say so, and if not say so. Be involved.
Have a great week,