Newsletter Nov/Dec 2013

Town of Cortland


November/December 2013


Hello, Friends and Neighbors,


Summer has passed quickly, and we are well into fall.  Hopefully, the snowflakes we have seen recently are no indication of the win­ter ahead.

We were fortunate to have a beautiful day for our 32nd Annual Parade and Fall Festival held at Cortland Community Park.  This was the first parade in over 20 years in which I did not have to actively participate in.  I experienced firsthand why so many people regu­larly attend, enjoy, and compliment the Town on its parade.  I thank all that participated in the parade and festival and those volun­teers that work so hard to make it a source of pride for our community.

As I write this letter, construction projects initiated by the Town are winding down.  Curbs and roads in Richland Trails have been completed, and I anticipate the Town will be taking charge of the maintenance of those roadways in time for them to be plowed and salted by our Streets and Maintenance Department. Loves Road and Airport Road have been repaired.  Curbs and some sidewalks in the Dogwood Street area are being replaced through funding provided by Cortland’s share of Motor Fuel Taxes.  Our Streets and Maintenance Department replaced about 400 running feet of sidewalks throughout the Town this summer, but there are still many sidewalks that are in need of repair or replacement.

The Town of Cortland has an aging infrastructure, and we need to be more proactive in not only road and sidewalk repairs but the maintenance of our highly visible water storage tanks.  I am embarrassed by the condition of the Spruce Street tank.  This did not occur overnight!  While the Town’s budget has been very tight, we need to make the maintenance and repair of our community assets one of our top priorities.

Our Town Engineers have identified a means to mitigate the problem of flooding on Elm Street caused by storm water.  We are cur­rently working to repair this problem.

Shelters are scheduled to be constructed in Hetchler Park, and Suppeland Park during the first week of November.  The concrete floor in the Suppeland Park shelter will not be poured until spring of 2014.  I am disappointed that this could not have been con­ structed sooner so they could have been enjoyed by many of you this fall.

We continue to remove trees that have been inflicted with Emerald Ash Borer Disease.  As I write this letter, trees are being planted by our Streets and Maintenance Department in Cortland Community Park, Hetchler Park and Suppeland Park.  More diseased trees will be removed and replaced next year.

I have already initiated discussions with Department Heads to identify priorities and goals in the preparation of the FY15 Budget.

I appreciate the on-going efforts of our Town Board, Department Heads, and Staff as we work together to bring about needed im­provements to our neighborhoods.

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


Russ Stokes


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