Newsletter Sept/Oct 2015

Town of Cortland


September/October 2015


Hello Friends and Neighbors,


For as long as it seemed to take summer to get here, it’s already past.

I want to thank everyone who attended the Open House of our community facilities in June and those who attended the dedication of the Town of Cortland Veterans Memorial that took place on August 1st. I was very proud to see so many Veterans and local residents attend this historic town event.

The Annual Cortland Summer Fest was again well attended, and Mother Nature was relatively kind to us.  Many came out despite the heat and humidity.  The bands, the food, and the fireworks were great and the refreshments were cold! I would be remiss if l did not thank the Parade and Festival Committee and all the volunteers that make this and our Fall Festival and Parade possible.  I want to remind everyone that what money was made from this event goes to finance our up-coming 34th Annual Parade & Festival that will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.  I encourage everyone to take part in this event and the historic burial of the Town of Cortland Time Capsule that will take place at 3:00 p.m. on that day.

The Town Board has been engaged in crafting a Request For Proposal from interested waste haulers in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage trucks regularly using our residential streets, reduce the cost of waste removal, and provide recycling and yard waste pick up.  This has not been an easy task.  Much consideration and research by our Staff and your Trustees are going into this endeavor.  It is not going to take place quickly.

Please see the article in this Newsletter regarding leaf pickup which will begin this fall by our Public Works Department.

I want to thank Chief Gary Spangler for his service to our community.  Gary was the right person at the right time to bring necessary administrative and staffing improvements to our Police Department. Gary’s exemplary service will be recognized at our September 14th Town Board Meeting.  At that time I will be swearing in Lin Dargis as Chief of Police. Much like Gary, Chief Dargis brings vast experience and training to our community and is a proven leader in the law enforcement community.

Please keep in mind that our children are back in school. Please be wary of bus stops and be cautious while driving through our neighborhoods.

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


Russ Stokes


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