Village Update – July 27, 2018
Bill Kallusch and I met this week with the Sheriff to discuss Blow Off Day. We have also heard from several business owners. We are now trying to get a meeting with the organizers to gather their thoughts and ideas. It is clear we need to do more. Enforcement of our open container law is one such step.
There have been several questions regarding water and sewer bills recently. Sewer rent is $100/quarter per unit. Water is $60 for the first 5000 gallons per quarter. In addition to these rents we are paying for capital projects for both sewer and water systems. For sewer this year there are two projects being paid for: 1- New control panels and generators, 2- sewer plant updates which are about half complete. The first project will be paid off in this budget year so the board will need to authorize an extension to continue to pay off the new $850,000 loan for the plant upgrades. This is paid for by an assessment of $58 on each January and July bill. For water we are paying off the $2.12 million USDA loan that was taken out for the water main improvement project in 2010. That is a 38 year loan. That assessment is paid for by an assessment of $50 on each April and October bill.
The dredging of the channel has begun. This is supposed to be a 3-4 week project. Be careful going in and around the channel. When navigating the channel the safe side to pass is the side where two diamonds in a vertical line are shown at daytime. At night time there are two green lights. The side that is restricted will have two black balls during the day and two red lights in a vertical line at night.
Our new sign has been turned off as a result of a fault in the west panel. The installer will be here next Tuesday/Wednesday to repair/replace that panel.
Finally, we have been notified by the NYS Department of Homes and Community Renewal that we have been awarded a grant for $469,572 to rebuild the Wickham Blvd and Featherly Drive revetments. No schedule is available at this time.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.