Mayor’s Message August 4, 2016
We often receive comments and feedback from local residents and visitors. I am attaching a letter we received from a visitor from Pennsylvania. It is a pretty accurate representation of what we hear from many visitors.
Subject: lodging & restaurants
My wife & I were up to Union Springs this past Tues, Wed & Thurs. We were up around your nice little town to do a little fishing. Very nice marina, very friendly people very eager to help out . We are getting older and everybody was very helpful. However there are no motels or restaurants as you know. We had to drive out to RT 20 to find a place to sleep or eat. Would love to come back up in the fall but don’t want to drive 20 miles or so to eat or sleep. If you have any information as to where lodging and dinning can be found we would come back up. We live in northeast pa.18224. Please advise & thank you.
As I try to promote our community, enhancing our business district has been at the top of my list. Adding a drugstore, a small hotel, maybe a brewpub and other ideas have been discussed.
The Cayuga County Soil & Water Aquatic Vegetation Control Harvester has been launched. This is a long sentence to describe the large yellow floating paddle boat that cleans the shore line of our section of Cayuga Lake. You can’t miss it if you are on or near the lake this time of year. Additionally, it pulls a barge to gather and de-water the seaweed, before off loading into another county vehicle to haul away. This process does a good job in helping to control the many invasive species that regularly clog our shores.
Also, I would like to encourage everyone to put their yard waste in recyclable paper bags. This is much better for the environment and saves our DPW staff much time in the transfer and disposal process. The bags can be obtained at most home center stores, or call us for more information.
On Saturday, August 6th, the Union Springs Community Band will be playing a free concert in the gazebo on Route 90 next to the T.U.C.C. church. The music gets underway at 7 pm.
2016 was the 2nd time the Village of Union Springs hosted the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament. You can watch all of the excitement on ESPN2: 8/28/16 @ 8am 9/4/16 @ 7am 9/11/16 @ 10am 9/18@ 10am
Mayor’s Message July 18, 2016
Updates from the village:
Our Life guards are now on duty 11am-7pm, 7 days a week. Weather permitting.
Owasco Paddles are now serving our beachfront community. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards Friday, Sat, Sun and Monday from 11am-7pm weather permitting. They have life jackets and safety lessons available.
Merry-G-Round Playhouse Theatre was here on the 8th. Everyone enjoyed the performance of The Tortoise and The Hare: Rematch. Attendance was great and the performance top notch.
We are starting to clean up around the Mill Pond (North Pond). The beavers have been plugging our outflow pipe and creating extra work for our staff. The beavers are very industrious. Theywill soon be re-located. Also we will begin brush cleanup starting on the north side. I hope to have a village wide meeting on our efforts (soon).
I am also working on a Frontenac Park grant application to supplement our boat launch fees. New docks, handicap accessibility and enhanced boat slips are in the future plans.
As the summer heats up, it would be good if we could all keep an eye out for each other. Sort of a Neighborhood watch – The bench that matches the others in the village is missing from in front of the library. The upcoming Rt.90 Garage Sale event brings many new and interesting people into our village. Please be welcoming and aware.
Due to the rising sewer costs we are going to be raising the quarterly rates. From $83.00 to $88.00 effective with the September 2016 billing.
Have a great week.
Mayor Bud Shattuck
Mayor’s Message – Summer 2016
My first 12 weeks in office have been busy. As I am new to this position, I (with the board’s approval) have made some changes which I believe have the best interest to you the taxpayers.
We have instituted a mandatory fee for the boat launch at Frontenac Park. This service is free to all permanent residents of the village and also to those of the Town of Springport. Please call or stop into our office to see how to register. The resources we collect will be used to replace our existing dock(s) and enhance the launch and areas surrounding them.
We also worked with the (local) Springport Chamber of Commerce to help provide a safe and exciting family time when the Bass Elite and ESPN national fishing tournament returned to our small, but beautiful community.
Right after “The Event”, we will be welcoming the Owasco Paddlers group to set up and offer rentals of kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and more. The start date is July 1.
As a further result of the GE/Powerex water contamination, there will be a new and redundant stripper added to the pump house area across from the school. Be on the lookout for construction from mid-summer until possibly early next year.
The pavilions are ready and being reserved. Here in the office we hear of many family gatherings, reunions and celebrations. One of these is the graduations of another talented group of young people. A testimony to the many skills of the students, teachers and staff.
There are other projects (and sometimes dreams) that we are working on, all with the thought of improving yours (and ours) lives. Possible reduction in electric prices through solar, upgrading of the playground equipment in the park, possible businesses moving in to provide services and the constant upgrading of vehicles and equipment that our dedicated staff utilize to keep Union Springs beautiful and safe.
Please also support the delicious chicken barbeques prepared by the Lions and the wonderful and varied meals sponsored by our local American legion, both great services to our community.
Have a great week,
Mayor Bud Shattuck