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June 1, 2012
While your new board has been together only a short time, many projects have been underway. After much discussion and important and valuable input from you, the residents, we were able to put in place a budget that does not increase the Village tax rate. This year’s budget will allow us to replace 4 old pieces of equipment with 2 new, much more efficient and versatile vehicles. Our Volunteer Fire Department Members will also be able to replace an old unsuitable vehicle with a much newer vehicle that will allow them to respond much more quickly and safely to water rescues. Again this was done with no increase in the Village Tax rate. I would like to personally thank all involved in putting this budget together.
We continue to work on putting together the NYS mandated Water Filtration Plant and the Walnut Street project plus redoing several other streets so as to get zero interest financing. This will allow us to upgrade our aging infrastructure with the least impact to our budget. We were hoping to be able to start those projects this summer but due to required changes we may not be able to start until next spring.
We also had our first joint meeting with the Town of Corinth Board, where we discussed working together with the SEDC to bring Industry and jobs to the International Paper site. I believe this is vital to rebuilding our Downtown and our community. In addition we discussed having regular joint meetings to find ways to better serve our community.
I have been very pleased that many of you have come to the board meetings or called and told us about your ideas, concerns and wishes for your village. After all, it is your village, not just our village. It is up to all of us to work to make this the best village it can be for all of us. If you see a problem, please let us know, so we can endeavor to fix it. If you have an idea for making our village better, come let us know so we can work together to find the resources to accomplish it. And if you are happy with something let us know so we can keep doing it.
Finally I would like to thank our Volunteer Firefighters and EMS members and Paramedics for being there in our times of need 24-7. I thank our Image Committee, Planning Board Zoning Board of Appeals, and other committees for volunteering their time to serve our community. I also thank the many organizations, such as the American Legion, VFW, the Rotary, the Merchants Association, Little League, the Grange, and all the other many other groups that serve the needs of our community, and make Corinth a better place to live.
We wish you all a safe and healthy summer,
Dennis Morreale, Mayor