Over the past several months since our last issue of The Sloan Connection was published, we have made tremendous strides in our upcoming sewer projects. Our engineering firm has completed smoke testing of the entire Village and is compiling all necessary reports to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Once an approved plan is in place, we will proceed with the bidding of various construction projects; to include manhole rehabilitation and sanitary pipe replacement or slip-lining. The long-term goal is to reduce I&I (inflow and infiltration) and eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. The initial cost estimate of remediating our sanitary system is in excess of $6 million. We have submitted a grant application to NYS for WIIA (Water Infrastructure Improvement Act) and an application for CWSRF (Clean Water State Revolving Fund) for an interest-free loan, to assist in paying for these mandated repairs.During the summer, the Village conducted house-to-house exterior inspections of storm sewer connections. Approximately 150 properties were found to have illicit discharges out of the 1450 inspections that were completed. These would include: inadequate gutters, down-spouts, underground storm discharges, missing vent caps etc. As the results of smoke testing are compiled by our engineer, we will notify homeowners of any repairs that may be required on their properties. For those of us who grew up in Sloan and spent many hours in the Griffith Park pool, it is with mixed emotions that 2018 was the final year for this icon. The wading pool has well-served our community, providing our youth with a safe activity and decades of enjoyment since the early 60’s. The cost of updating the pool to current safety and ADA standards exceeded the cost of replacing it with a new splashpad, which is both highly interactive and ADA accessible. On behalf of my fellow Board members, I want to extend a huge thank you to Assemblywoman Monica Wallace, who has committed to an amazing $125,000 towards this project. Additional funding will come from Community Development Block Grant Funds to cover most of the remaining cost. The pool will be removed later this fall and the site prepared for installation of the new facility in the spring. In October, the Board officially accepted the retirement from Gene Beszczynski, our Department of Public Works Crew Chief. His retirement will be effective at the end of January. We want to acknowledge his 13 years of service to our Village, as both a Laborer and then 9 years as Crew Chief. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!Please join myself and Trustees Tammy Bayes, Caitlin Carlson, Paula Bruscani and Eric Czubaj for the Village Halloween parade on Wednesday, October 31st. We will be convening at St. Andrew’s Church and our Sloan Fire Department will lead the parade at 6:00pm to the Community Center on Halstead for a candy giveaway. Proof of residency is required at the door to receive your treats. Trick or Treating will follow throughout the Village until 8:00pm. As this will be our only issue of The Connection this fall, I also want to invite all residents to our Annual Christmas program at 2:00pm on Sunday, December 16th. The event will take place at the Sloan Fire Hall and both the Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Choral groups will perform. Refreshments will be served; Santa and his elves will be visiting and we will have a basket raffle drawing to benefit Sloan in-need families. Hope to see you at one of our events!!