As you will see in a separate flier to be distributed to each home, the village will hold a simple wreath laying ceremony on Thursday, September 11 at the Heroes Memorial at the firehouse. The ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. All residents and their families are invited to attend. As a sign of solidarity with the victims of that tragic day, as well as their families, we ask that, if possible, each home put a lit candle on the outside front steps of their home.
As a result of an independent traffic study, which was completed in June, additional STOP signs have been added in town and from all reports they appear to be successful. Let's help keep them successful by being mindful that the village speed limit, which is set by State law, is 30 mph. There are instances where certain streets can have lower speed limits. The Board of Trustees, with the help of the Village Attorney, will be considering lowering the speed limit on certain streets. However, we will need the help of our police department if we are to go this route.
The Board decided, at a meeting earlier this year, to re-pave certain roads with chip and seal as opposed to asphalt. Residents might remember that chip and seal was what the village used for road paving in the past. Chip and seal is meant for long-term roadwork so we ask the residents who live on those streets, which have just been re-paved to be patient and accept the recommendation of our Highway Commissioner who is a professional engineer.
Well, the summer is over and didn't it seem to go fast? The first phase of our drainage project is complete. We will be working on the next phases in the coming months.
The Fire Department is looking for members to join their ranks. This group of village residents gives so much of themselves to this town and all of their time is volunteered. Please consider joining them.
The Board decided, at its June meeting, to expand the play set in the tennis court area in order to accommodate the growing number of youngsters in the village. In accordance with State law, a specification was put together and published in the village's official newspaper, The Gateway. Bids are expected in the near future.
The Board also approved the publication of a bid package to put curbing throughout the village. The package called for pricing on concrete and Belgian Block curbing. We will keep you posted as this project progresses.
The Board decided to exercise the renewal options of our current sanitation contract at a significant savings. Leaf pick up will start soon. Please look to the village website for a specific start date.
A searchable version of the village code is now available on the village website which is extremely user friendly. A Resident's Handbook is also being prepared by General Code and should be distributed in the first quarter of 2004. The handbook will include the answers to frequently asked questions and will have a history of the village and a description of the services offered.
That's about it for now. As always, thank you for your cooperation and assistance and for the opportunity of being your mayor.