From the Mayor's Desk
TIME TO CATCH UP ON CURRENT EVENTS AND MY RECENT SCHEDULING CONFLICTS
I want to thank Denise Spalthoff, John Ledwith, John Bellow, and Jeff Voss for addressing the recent significant water main breaks in the Village and the Town. We recognize these occurrences are very inconvenient, and we apologize. Our aging infrastructure has been and continues to be a concern to us, the taxpayers, and is currently my top priority as Mayor.
We will continue to engage qualified vendors and professionals to assist with our immediate and long-term repairs, maintenance, and capital planning to achieve solid results and savings to the bottom line. Before the end of this term, with Board approval, I will commission a brief-targeted status report and public scrutiny recommendations.
I also want to thank the remainder of the Village staff and Deputy Mayor Tinka Shaw for their management acumen during my recent absences. From March second through March eleventh Robin and I attended a family bereavement retreat with four other families who have lost children. As the Board and Village employees were aware, I had no access to email, texts, or telephone calls. The retreat was moving and beneficial, and I am happy to share the experience with you privately if you or someone you know might benefit.
Second, the day after returning home, I ruptured my right quadriceps tendon by placing a heavy load on my partially bent knee. Fortunately, timing-wise, I had surgery yesterday, and my prognosis is excellent for a full recovery. As a result, the March regular meeting and continuation of the public hearing is next Wednesday, the twenty-forth.
In addition to infrastructure, my next priority is the 2021-2022 Village budget. I am dedicated to the same hardline approach to reduce unnecessary expenses and minimal tax increases. I anticipate a more efficient and less stressful process this year due to increased home sales credits and new efficiencies in department-wide spending in the current fiscal year.
With Board approval, this includes my current efforts to cancel and replace a previously approved $194,000.00 truck and snowplow equipment with a less expensive, more efficient model matching our current fleet's needs.
Over the next several days into my recovery from surgery, I still will not be as readily available as usual. Please direct any day-to-day Mayoral concerns to Elizabeth. She will distribute your message to Tinka and me.
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