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2005 has been another busy year in the village. Our Village Board is committed to improving and rebuilding our infrastructure, as we feel this is the best way to improve services for our residents. It is also necessary if we are to attract new business and industry that will ultimately improve our tax base. We have a few construction projects that are nearing completion.
Our new firehouse is nearly done and we have planned a dedication ceremony on Saturday November 19th, 10am at the new firehouse, 16 Saratoga Ave. Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward will be in attendance and we welcome everyone to attend and look over this new public building that will better accommodate our fire department. It will contain a much needed community room that can be used for public meetings and functions. We are thankful for the co-operation of Supervisor Lucia and the town board, and the help of Superintendent Harry Plummer and the town Highway Department that worked closely with our Village DPW in doing much of the site work that saved taxpayer money.
Another major project that started this summer was the replacement of over 200 feet of Maple St sidewalk and curbing, and the rebuilding of the retaining wall on the South side of Maple St. In preparation for this work, last year we replaced the aging water & sewer lines in this section. After 5 long years of letter writing, and the help of Senator Farley, New York State was convinced to repave 9N through the village. Together, these improvements dramatically enhanced the appearance of this gateway too our village.
The dilapidated 650 ft Palmer Ave retaining wall by the Evergreen Health Center is now being replaced & the new railing should be completed sometime in December. These repairs were long overdue and will give our village a much needed facelift, as well as improve the safety of this heavily traveled walkway. We thank Senator Hugh Farley & Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward for coming through with $130,000 in grant money that helped underwrite this project.
Our DPW department under the direction of Superintendant Lozier was hard at work all year and did a great job in replacing the water line, installing new curbs, rebuilding & repaving Beech St. They also tackled a major portion of Oak St, replacing sidewalks, curbing, new pavement, and assisted in the needed replacement of water & sewer lines on Saratoga Ave.
Rebuilding our aging infrastructure cannot be done without some necessary inconveniences along the way, and unfortunately it usually looks worse before it looks better. We hope you share our enthusiasm in the work that has been accomplished and your Village Board thanks you for your patience.
Our police department, under the direction of Chief Robert Kane, has also had a busy year. In addition to their regular police duties, our department has found the time to visit school classrooms, host their well attended and now famous annual “Bike Rodeo”, and are currently working with a committee to get an effective neighborhood watch program underway.
The IP Mill property was sold recently to Philmet Inc, a division of Philips International. We are all excited with the prospect of new industry that will improve our tax base and bring back jobs that were lost with the IP Mill closing. As of this date, we are awaiting word from Philip’s as to who the prospective tenants will be. We will keep you abreast of new developments as they occur.
Our Village Clerk of 13 years, Wally Estill, will be retiring on December 23, 2005. We thank Wally for many years of tireless service to our village, and we ask you to join us in wishing Wally & Shirley many happy years together in their retirement. Nicole Colson will become our next Village Clerk and will be in training starting Oct 31st. We invite you to stop in and meet her. Happy holidays to all!
Brad Winslow, Mayor