Village Update – January 16, 2019
I am sending this out a day early since we were late in getting the public hearing details on our web site. They are there now. We have 3 public hearings beginning at 6:15 tomorrow (Thursday) night. The first is the annual tax cap override law. We pass this every year in the event we have to go above the cap. That has only happened once since there has been a cap and we do not expect it to occur for the 2019-2020 budget. The budget workshops begin on January 29th at 4:30.
The second public hearing deals with our sewer law and the payback of loans associated with the wastewater system. We will pay off the loan for the control system update and the generators this month. The law that allowed us to collect money for that loan is very specific and must now be amended to allow us to collect for the loan we secured to rehabilitate the plant itself. This will result in a slight reduction in that line item on your January and July water bills going forward.
The third deals with parking on Greig St from November 1 through March 31 annually. This is being done to address the emergency situation created last year by the great ice fishing. We have made arrangements with SBYC for ice fisherman to park there.
The ice rink is ready and the tape is coming down today. We will have a porta-potty there soon. We look forward to everyone enjoying some winter fun.
We continue to work toward a formal proposal for the Village hall. We are working with our financial advisors to confirm our analysis that it will not impact the tax rate. We are also working through the specific issues that each site presents, some obvious and some that need to be teased out. When the proposal is ready it will be posted on the web site and be an agenda item for the board meeting. Nothing can be signed until the village board considers a proposal and votes to support it. Much of what you can read in social media contains erroneous assumptions.
If you are following the water levels you know that we are about an inch higher than last year at this time. We will have high water this year, how high will depend upon the winter and spring weather. The outflows have just been reduced to support ice formation. The continued cold will help us as once ice is formed they will increase the outflows again. We have been meeting with Wayne County Emergency Management and have plans in place if needed. I will go into more detail in future e-blasts.
Also, the Village is seeking high-resolution winter photos for the website. Sodus Point has great winter opportunities and would like to show these off. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with permission to use them.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.