The past six months of my tenure as Mayor has been quite busy and I want to thank my staff for their support and guidance through this transition. In July, the Board and I appointed Caitlin Carlson as Trustee, filling the vacancy left by our March election. Caitlin has lived in the Village for several years, recently purchasing a home with her husband Mitch, who is a volunteer fireman in Sloan. The Village continues to progress on the NYSDEC Order on Consent concerning our sanitary sewer system. Our engineering firm has contracted and completed the first stage of smoke testing on 12 different Village streets in September and are in the process of reviewing results to develop a plan of action. I want to take this opportunity to thank Assemblywoman Monica Wallace for assisting us in obtaining a legislative grant of $5,000. These monies were used to purchase additional playground equipment for both Griffith and Wrazen Park, which will be installed in the spring. In October, the Village submitted a Letter of Intent to Apply for a Restore New York Community Grant. Grants are awarded to distressed communities to support projects that include demolition, deconstruction, or rehabilitation of vacant, condemned or surplus properties. The applications are available in November with a December 15, 2017 deadline to apply.At our October 10th Board meeting, we approved a one (1) year extension to our garbage/recycling contract with Modern Inc. This option was exercised only after several discussions with Modern to address some of our residents’ concerns about tote placement and grass pickup. Modern will continue to pick up two (2) bulk items/furniture on a weekly basis from each house, and all grass clippings should be placed inside your garbage tote or in paper lawn/leaf bags alongside of the tote. Leaves do not have to be bagged, but raked onto the grassy area near the curb and will be picked up by our DPW. Please join my fellow Board members and our Fire Department for the Halloween parade on Tuesday, October 31st. We will be convening at St. Andrew’s Church at 6:00pm and parade to the Community Center on Halstead for a candy giveaway. Village Trick or Treating will then follow until 8:00pm.