2020 has been an extremely unusual and difficult year for everyone as we adjust to the “new normal” that the COVID19 pandemic has resulted in. For the safety of our residents and youth, we had closed the Community Center in March in response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. In June, as New York State entered Phase 4, we developed protocols and safety measures and were able to open the Griffith Park Splash Pad and the Senior Center. However, the basketball courts will remain closed for the season as it is deemed a “high-risk” sport by NYS.Anyone who has driven through the Village the last month is aware of construction underway on Gates, Franklin, Gierlach, Crocker and Michael streets. The Erie County Water Authority is replacing supply lines to better service our residents and reduce the number of water main breaks for our area. Hopefully, the project will be completed in 2020, and will conclude with paving and sidewalk restoration. The Village has spent several years of engineering studies, developing corrective action plans and applying for grants to repair our aging sanitary sewer system. We were awarded two grants from New York State in excess of $4.5 million dollars. We have been notified by the NYS Environmental Facilities that our grants have been placed on “hold” due to the severe financial impact of COVID19. This has been devasting news to us and will result in our sewer project being temporarily suspended until the state can guarantee reimbursement. We are currently looking for a new full-time Laborer in our Department of Public Works. Candidates must be residents of the Village of Sloan or the Town of Cheektowaga and have a CDL license. Applications are available on the website or can be obtained at Village Hall, 425 Reiman Street. We have extended the deadline for applications until August 14th.The Village has launched a new, official Face Book page that is updated regularly with news, events, meetings and more. On August 22nd, the Village will be having its Annual Village-Wide Garage Sale from 8:00am to 2:00pm. To register your address, call 897-1560 by Wednesday, August 19th. Address lists will be available beginning Thursday afternoon at 425 Reiman Street and distributed on Saturday in front of Village Hall. See you around the Village!