My first year as Mayor of our Village has come to a close and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our residents for their involvement and support. Our most pressing issue for the past year, and over the next several years, is the Order on Consent issued by the NYSDEC. The Order mandates the Village to make necessary repairs to our sanitary system to prevent Inflow and Infiltration. We have been awarded two (2) Engineering Planning Grants in the amounts of $100,000 each. The Village must match these funds in the amount of $50,000, of which a portion must be for “in-kind” services. Our engineer has completed approximately 30% of smoke testing in the Village, with the balance to be undertaken over the next few months. After these results are compiled by our engineer, we will begin the process of notifying property owners of any repairs that they must complete. These results will also be used to develop and implement a corrective action plan for the main sanitary sewers throughout the Village. The preliminary rehabilitation cost estimates are in excess of six million dollars. In response to this mandated Order, I have established a team consisting of our engineer, attorney, grant writer, Highway Chief, Clerk and Bond Counsel. We will be applying for available grants and loans through New York State Environmental Facilities. Available grants will only cover 25% of project costs, and the balance of monies must be paid for by the Village. This will be a costly endeavor for our residents but is mandated by the DEC Order. I will continue to provide updates of this lengthy process as they develop. Every year, NYS provides funding through the “Consolidated Highway Improvement Program” or CHIPS. These monies are used for various projects throughout the Village such as road paving, signage and ADA accessible ramps. This year, we will be milling and paving Reiman from Halstead to Crocker Street. Any resident who drives this roadway is aware of its deteriorated condition, mostly due to high traffic volume and several severe winters we have recently experienced. As in the past, the Village will enter into a shared service agreement with the Town of Cheektowaga, enabling their Highway Department to assist us in this project. A shared service agreement allows our “CHIPS” money to be spent as efficiently as possible for our taxpayers while providing such necessary improvements.Recognizing that our Griffith Street Park pool is over fifty years old and does not meet current standards, we received a quote to update it for safety and handicap accessibility. The initial quote was a shocking $320,000! After much discussion, we are opting to remove the pool and replace it with a much more interactive and accessible splash-pad. We have a received a firm commitment from our Assemblywoman Monica Wallace in funding of $100,000 towards this project. We also plan on utilizing our Community Development Block Grant monies to cover most of the remaining project cost. On Sunday, June 10th, the Fire Department will be conducting its Annual Inspection. On that day, our new Engine 1 firetruck will be dedicated. All Village residents are invited to attend the ceremony, scheduled for 9:30am.June 28th kicks off the Concerts in Griffith Park with Disco Duck at 7:00pm. Concerts will continue every other Thursday until August 23rd. On Saturday, August 25th, is the Village wide garage sale from 8:00am until 2:00pm. If you want to register your address for that day, please call the Village Hall at 897-1560 and be added to the list. Hope to see you over the summer at one of these events!