Newsletter Aug/Sept 2014

Town of Cortland


August/September 2014


Hello Friends and Neighbors,


Summer is finally here and it’s time once again for our annual Cortland Fest!  The Fest is being held on Friday, Au­gust 8th from 6pm to midnight with FIREWORKS AT DUSK, and Saturday, August 9th from noon to midnight, at Cortland Community Park.  Our Festival and Parade Committee has done an excellent job again this year securing food vendors and excellent bands for this event.  I hope to see you there!

Since the last Newsletter our Public Works Department has replaced almost 400 feet of sidewalk throughout Town and plans have been made to repave Dogwood Street and Linda Avenue in the Woodland Acres neighborhood.

Improvements have been made to Hetchler Park.  Picnic tables have been placed in the shelter.

Improvements are on-going at Suppeland Park.  Off-street parking has been provided for park use along Pampas Street and East Meadow Avenue and electricity has been brought to the park shelter as well as water.  Bleachers will be in place at the baseball diamond this summer as well as improvements to the tot park.  Trees which had to be removed will be replaced this fall; The replacements will be planted in the Park in close proximity to the sidewalks.

We continue to remove diseased ash trees from parkways.  It is strongly suggested that homeowners that have dead or dying trees on their property  remove them before they should fall and cause injury to persons or damage to property. The Town will not take these trees down or remove them from your property should they fall.

Construction is continuing on the North Avenue Lift Station with completion scheduled for next month.

At the time of this letter, bids have gone out for the painting of the Spruce Street water tower and the lettering of both of our towers.

The Police Department has moved into its new headquarters at 250 South Halwood Street.  The location and facility is far more suitable for the needs of our police officers and is owned by the Town, saving the Town approximately $13,000 a year in rent.

Chief Dennis “Bubba” Medema announced his retirement from law enforcement after 40 years of exemplary service, effective July 14th.  I have known Dennis as a friend and have worked alongside him through most of our careers. We both began our law enforcement careers in 1974. I recruited Dennis for the Cortland Police Department in 2003 to serve as a Sergeant in command of our Patrol Division.  He served diligently as such until being appointed Chief of Po­lice in 2010 upon my retirement. Dennis will be missed by many, especially by town staff, his officers, and others in law enforcement. We all wish him well! He enjoyed a very colorful and fulfilling career.

At the July 14th regular Town Board Meeting, Trustees approved my appointment of Chief Gary Spangler to lead the Cortland Police Department. Chief Spangler was sworn in as Cortland’s 3rd full-time Chief of Police by the Honorable Judge Ronald Matekaitis.  Chief Spangler has been in law enforcement for 26 years.  He served the City of DeKalb Po­lice Department from 1989 thru 2012 serving as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Ser­geant, and lastly as Lieutenant  in command  of the Investigations Division. Chief Spangler served as Commander of the DeKalb County Major Case Squad and was personally involved in the successful investigations of many widely publi­cized criminal acts which occurred within our county.  Chief Spangler is no stranger to the DeKalb County law enforce­ment community or the criminal justice system.  I look forward to his years of professional training and supervisory experience bringing fresh leadership to our police department and a renewal of community policing and crime preven­tion strategies.

I am looking forward to what will hopefully be a long summer and fall.

As always, I thank you for the opportunity to serve our community.


Russ Stokes


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