MAYOR REPORT - JUNE 2009
Due to the growth we are experiencing in our village, this year the Village Board was again able to reduce the base tax rate. Property owners saw a pleasant reduction in their latest Village tax bill. The Board believes the reduction in the tax rate was also necessary to ease the burden of rising sewer and water rates. We hope the water and sewer rates will stabilize within two years.
The Village was able to secure funding through the President's stimulus package which will allow us to build a new sewage treatment plant at very little cost to the Village. This financing package will forgive half the debt and the other half will be a loan, provided at 0% interest.
This is an opportunity for the residents to upgrade a poorly functioning system with half the normal debt service. The new plant will help us to stabilize the rates for sewer in the future.
The trail grant is moving forward with the selection of a consultant, Lu Engineering, to assist us in the planning. I personally thought we could plan our own trail system but in order to qualify for a 100% grant from the state we were required to hire a specialist.
Stoodley Park is awaiting final word from the state grant organization before we can start construction; I am hoping we can begin in July.
Fort Pike Park still requires some final work on the transfer of land from the Harrienger Family and Madison Barracks to complete its design. I would hope construction on this park could begin in August.
Our Police Department will soon be moving to new offices at the Public Safety Building on Washington Street (Third Alarm Building). Our Local Development Corporation is moving forward with the clean-up of the Old Augsbury Oil Tank property and maybe (fingers crossed) it might even happen before the end of the year.
Fireworks will be held July 4th at the Battlefield and don't forget our Can Am festival on July 18th and 19th! Additionally, please welcome the Lacrosse Tournaments being held at Madison Barracks starting on July 12th on the weekends until July 19th. The Visitor Center is open full time now, and Pickering Beach Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday. Summer is off and running in Sackets Harbor!
As always, we welcome your comments, concerns and opinions on our village. We would also welcome any volunteers that may want to participate on an assortment of village committees. If you volunteer, we will find a place for you!
Hope you are enjoying the summer!
Eric F. Constance, Mayor