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,
We are in the season of planning here in the village, which includes the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, the Village Park revamping (playground, boat launch), the AJ Smith rebuild and the signage, street and sidewalk needs that go with each.
March 21st is Election Day here. Three of the board members and the mayor’s position are up for election. As decisions are made by these individuals representing YOU, it presents an opportunity to be involved. Come to the board meetings (third Tuesday @ 6:00pm each month) or seek office.
Attention: Once we retrofit our trucks with snowplows for the winter we are unable to do chipping of trees/brush and/or pick up lawn leaf bags. Please store them away from the road edge until spring. Also this is not a good time to get off the roadway in the cemetery. Unfortunately someone did and created a bit of damaged property.
On a better note: The National Weather Service has recently documented 2016 as another warmest year ever. For 15 of the last 16 years the worldwide weather has been warmer. With the January we have had (and I like warm) it may produce another record.
And lastly, when you see the Doug’s Fish Fry truck please feed your family! The proceeds from the meals goes toward one or more of our worthy not-for-profits and stays in the Village.
Mayor Bud Shattuck