Village Update – February 28, 2019
As we continue to work on our proposal for a village hall it has become very clear that we are a village divided. There is a vocal group that does not want the village hall adjacent to Willow Park, north of the bait shop; there is another group that believes that is the best place for it. A third group believes we should maintain the 4 square municipal areas and stay at the current site. That group is split between rehabbing the existing building (the most expensive option) and demolishing and rebuilding. There is also a rumor that we are trying to build a 6,000 sq. ft. space. The proposed new building at either site would have a 2,650 sq. ft. footprint, similar to our existing building. The other dichotomy is the style of building. Many want an adequate building that we can all be proud of. Another group thinks a small pole barn or shed would work just fine.
The board is using community input, professional recommendations and the village plans developed over the last 20 years to determine the best option for the village. A key portion of that is the following Vision Statement that was published with the Downtown Vision Plan:
Downtown Sodus Point will be a welcoming commercial district and four-season activity hub nestled at the heart of the village waterfront. The pedestrian scale and cohesive appearance of the buildings and landscape will complement the traditional village setting and history while cherishing the beauty of the waterfront location. The mix of restaurants, shops, water-related and other businesses, and recreational activities will contribute to the enjoyment of the waterfront, providing an engaging atmosphere for all visitors while respecting and supporting daily life of village residents.
I will have a proposal to share with the community in the coming days. It will contain the facts of the project. Please be sure to keep an eye out for the document it will be e-blasted, as well as posted to our website when it is completed. In the meantime, I urge residents to please contact myself or other board members with any questions. There is a significant amount of misinformation out there.
Our water levels remain high at 246’ which is 15 inches higher than the long term average and 4 inches above last year’s levels. The IJC has held us at that level for 16 days at this point. The forecast from February 22nd indicates that we will maintain this level thru March 22nd. Time will tell. In the meantime we have met with both county and NYS emergency management. We have shared our plan with NYS and they are working to source what we need. We will be meeting frequently to ensure we are ahead of any flooding that may occur.
Our next budget workshop is March 11th at 4:30pm in the village hall. The topic for this meeting will be the General budget.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.