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2012-2013 Annual Report of the Village of Corinth
To the Village of Corinth I submit the following report.
Your Board: Deputy Mayor Timothy Halliday, Melanie Denno, Mitch Saunders, and Julius Enekes; Clerk-Treasurer Nicole Colson, DPW Superintendent Arthur Lozier, III and Fire Dept. Chief Andy Kelley have worked together diligently with me to provide you, the residents of the Village of Corinth, with the best quality of services as economically as possible this past fiscal year.
Clerk –Treasurer Colson, acting as Budget Officer, the members of the Board and the Department heads worked long and hard on this year’s budget to be able to provide the same level of services at no increase in the tax rate for this coming year.
year has been a year of challenges and a year of accomplishments.
Over the past year Clerk-Treasurer Colson also worked to refinance our Firehouse and Hamilton Ave. Bonds. This will save us $25,000 dollars this year and over $364,000 in coming years. I commend Clerk- Treasurer Nicole Colson and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Alice Lissow for their dedication to keeping the Village running smoothly and their excellent service to our residents.
Your Board, working with our Attorney Karla Buettner, passed several new laws to keep us in compliance with New York State law and provide for a safer and more enjoyable community.
Working together with the DPW, CSEA employees, and our Attorney, your Board developed a mutually agreeable labor contract for the next four years. This contract was negotiated with the goal of being fair to both the tax payers and the employees, and both sides worked hard to meet that goal.
We are very pleased with the work that has been accomplished this past year on the rehabilitation of the upper and lower reservoir dams. Our engineers, The Laberge Group, and our contractor, J&A Bayly Construction Co., Inc., have been outstanding in their performance. They have both worked hard during the project to ensure a quality job while coming in about $50,000 under budget.
was very busy last year.
All this was accomplished by DPW Superintendent Lozier, Assistant DPW Superintendent Cliff Jensen, 8 DPW employees and 2 WWTP operators. They have worked day and night in all kinds of weather and they should be commended for the remarkable job they do for our community.
Fire Chief Andy Kelley and our Volunteer Firefighters have spent thousands of hours this past year training and responding to emergencies. In addition to this our Fire Dept. Dive Team has spent many extra weekends and evenings training and diving with a professional Rescue Diver Instructor. We now have one of the finest Dive Rescue Teams in the area. I am very proud of the way our Village Fire Department and the Town of Corinth Jessup’s Landing EMS work together and support each other in taking care of all of us here in Corinth.
Town Supervisor Dick Lucia and I have been meeting on a weekly basis to find ways we can work together to provide both Town and Village residents with services while saving money. Both Town and Village DPW departments have been very effective in working together. Working together they get more done without having to bring in an expensive outside contractor and work force. This saves us money and keeps the money we do spend local. Over the past several years the Village and Town Boards have worked together as lead members on the Task Force for Senior Living Committee. This committee was formed to look at the needs of seniors and how we, as your elected officials, could assist in finding solutions. With the support of both Boards we are currently researching options for a senior housing project in the Village. In the very near future, we will hold a joint Board meeting to discuss these options and necessary steps to move this project forward as part of our joint effort to build a better future for our community and Corinth’s Senior Citizens.
I thank Supervisor Lucia and the Town Board for their willingness to work together. It is good to know we are all dedicated to making Corinth a better place to live.
Finally, I would like to thank our Volunteer Firefighters and members of our Jessup’s Landing EMS for being there 24-7. I thank our Image Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and all the other Committees for volunteering their time to serve our community. I also thank the many organizations, such as the American Legion, the Corinth Central Schools, the Community of Churches, the Rotary, the Merchants Association, Little League, The Grange and the many other groups that serve the needs of our community and make Corinth a better place to live.
you all a safe and healthy summer.