November 5, 2021
First I would like to welcome Bud Bristol to the Village Board. I look forward to spending some time with him. I would also like to congratulate Laurie Verbridge on her re-election to the board. Our organizational meeting is December 6th.
I am an optimistic person by nature; as a result it is difficult for me to read and respond to the negative attitudes of the few vocal people. On advice of many professionals, and legal assistance, I have chosen not to respond or play into negative banter. However, I will state that I have the upmost confidence in the professional team that was chosen to carry out the storm water project. It is very rare that a small municipality such as ours is able to revitalize such a large chunk of their jurisdiction with state funding in one project and create channels of artificial slope where none existed to create a resilient front against future flooding. We have truly become an exemplary community for the State and many public officials, government entities and offices around the State that now use our projects and ideas to help better other struggling communities. Aside from the negative demeanor of a few, the silent majorities, which have chosen to not publicly speak out have expressed gratitude for this project. The dry roads during 3.5 inches of rain, as measured by our wastewater plant, in less than 40 hours speak volumes to the successful engineering that has transpired over the past year. Costich Engineering continues to work with the contractor on the best ways to mitigate the few areas where safety issues are created during storms. I will continue to provide updates via this newsletter. Pump training for village employees will occur next week.
As the cold weather seems to be upon us, the bathrooms in Willow Park are now closed and have been winterized. The kayak launch has also been removed for the winter. A big Thank you to Doug Cleveland and Katlynn Marine for doing that for us.
While we normally see the water levels decline in October by several inches, we finished this October up about 2.5 inches. The forecast now favors slightly higher than normal levels over the next 6 months. The IJC quarterly report can be found here: https://www.ijc.org/sites/default/files/ILOSLRB-Newsletter-Fall-2021.pdf
As you have seen, Wayne County will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2023. This link will take you to the committee’s newsletter. Subscribe so that you can be in the know. https://web.co.wayne.ny.us/544/News---Bicentennial-Bytes
NYS is following through on the Broadband Connectivity Act that was enacted earlier this year. They have contracted with ECC Technologies, a Rochester company, to survey all New Yorkers regarding their connectivity. Please complete the survey which is found at the following link: https://www.empirestatebroadband.com/
Brush pickup is done for the year. Leaf pickup will begin on Monday November 15th. Please do not rake the leaves into the street.
The next Public Meeting for the Wayne County CLEAR initiative will be held Thursday, November 18th at 5pm. You can register for the virtual event at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bRlYN7NXSzG-sbxQ4Xn_0Q
Feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.