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
As we approach Christmas, the New Year and other holidays, I wish to extend my hope for everyone to have a safe and family filled time.
After the fire at the Academy school the village reached out to offer support and/or logistical help. The history and cooperation between the Seventh Day Adventist community and this village is very important. It was heartwarming to hear that many others reached out, including our local school district. The best to them in their cleaning up and rebuilding efforts.
Many of you may have also read about or heard that our water supply was affected by a problem in the water stripper. The County Health Department did a good job of notifying the public. As they stated the risk were minimal but getting the message out to those who may be more vulnerable was critical.
The construction project going on at the same site is for a redundant stripper. Nothing they did caused the problem; it was a computer board issue. When the project is done (probably May) our chances of future problems should be alleviated.
A reminder that parking on ANY street during the winter months (Nov. 1 – April 1) is forbidden. Please make arrangements to have your vehicles safely parked. You may be ticketed even when there is not a storm as this is a law, not a suggestion.
Cold weather and big storms affect our health and safety, so stay warm and dry, drive carefully and please, look out for one another!
Mayor Bud Shattuck