Village Update – January 31, 2019
Winter is certainly here. The highway guys have done a great job keeping our roads clear and the Water and Wastewater guys have been keeping the ice rink clear. We have now used the resurfacer and have a better surface to skate on. There is definitely a learning curve. It has been great to see so many people use the rink. Rumor has it the Rotary is planning a big family skate soon. If you need skates, Play It Again Sports has many used skates for sale. They are in Henrietta. We have also seen a huge influx of ice fisherman. They seem to be having success and not blocking our roads.
Not much has changed regarding the village hall. We continue to work with the owners, our financial advisors and our attorney on the various issues with each site. A formal proposal is being drafted and will be shared as soon as it is complete. That proposal will be the basis for the board discussion at a future meeting.
We met with the Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) earlier this week and have selected a consultant for the Alternate Transportation Plan (ATP) grant that will happen over the summer. As soon as the GTC has a contract in place we will get a better sense for the specific schedule. This will be a great opportunity for residents to help design our future. I hope many of you will want to participate.
As all of you that are water watchers know, our levels are high. We are currently at 245.75 with a mean to date this month of 245.47. The mean for January 2018 was 245.52 so we are close to where we were last year. All of these levels are about a foot over the long term average. The good news is that the ice has formed in the St. Lawrence and the outflows are going back up. At the beginning of the month the outflows were as high as 8,540 cubic meters per second. They were reduced in the middle of the month to the low 6000’s to support ice formation. Today, they are back to 7470 and I expect the outflows to continue to increase as they been for the last 10 days. Our emergency plan is in place and our next Wayne County Emergency Management meeting is scheduled for late February.
For those interested, Wayne County is hosting a meeting to review their Derelict Property Program on February 12th at 5pm. The meeting is in Cornell Cooperative Extension building on Route 88 in Newark. They will discuss the land bank as well as the target areas for attention.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Dave McDowell Dmcdowell@SodusPoint.info