Happy New Year! For the beginning of this New Year, I wanted to recap some of the exciting highlights from 2016. My first year as Town Supervisor and much to be proud of. Without a doubt, there has been a considerable amount of growth for the Town and many things on the "to do" list had been tended to. The Town Hall has received it's Certificate of Occupancy., The Tall Trees community finally has an answer to their 40 year old water issue and will be tied into the Unite Wappinger Water District., the aged out fleet of Town vehicles have been auctioned and new ones have replaced them, a municipal water line to the County's airport has been initiated and is projected to be completed in the early part of fall 2017., Our Emergency Services Building was awarded grant money from the county and will be getting a much needed roof along with addressing other daunting issues., Our 2017 Town's budget reduces taxes for residents., the Town was able to secure less expensive health insurance and saved over $150,000., the Town bid out it's liability insurance resulting in a savings of $52,000., We offered a Community Outreach Saturday which had a rabies clinic, defensive driving class, narcan training, and a flu clinic., We started a volunteer notary service that travels to your home for free providing you are a veteran, disabled or a senior citizen., Had a roadside cleanup with the help of the town board and our town's highway department., Developed a Capital Infrastructure Plan., Devised a plan to increase our municipal water capacity., Applied for grants and was successful in securing 3 of them thus far., Organized a new community based group: the "Wappingers Interfaith Network". This group was responsible for creating a community resource guide for residents, adopted families for Thanksgiving dinners as well as Christmas dinner and gifts for their children., The Town in conjunction with the recreation committee constructed two new playgrounds for the resident's enjoyment., The Town has started discussions with the County and the State about a Universal Playground so that families can enjoy quality time together., I have initiated monthly Supervisor's Open Houses. This is to open communication between the residents and the Town so that your issues and ideas are being heard. The Town has made a concerted effort to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic in our community. We held our 1st annual drug walk in June, held two narcan training sessions, had 3 organized educational forums along with extended educational materials. The Town has made it a priority to reach out to the Community in anyway possible- coat drives, feeding the less fortunate, Toys for Tots, helping the elderly, Giving Tree, hat and glove collections, shoe collections, etc...In a nutshell, in the last year, this Town has made a significant effort to serve the residents of this community in whatever way we possibly can.
It has been my honor to work for the people of this community and to make the Town of Wappinger a wonderful place to live. Here's to another year of achievements and increased services for the residents. Myself along with Deputy Supervisor Beale, Councilman Ciccarelli, Councilman Fenton and Councilman Kuzmicz want to wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
Over the last two weeks, temperatures have dipped down into single digits. With it being so cold, our water service provider, Camo Pollution has reported that they have received calls from residents who have had no water because their lines have froze. Please take every precaution to prevent this from happening. In some homes the water line runs a long an outside wall that's not well insulated and during low wind chill nights these lines can freeze. The best solution is to insulate the pipes. If you aren't able to do that right away, then at the very least let your faucet drip on these bitter cold nights. As a result of this, you may see a slight increase in your water bill, but it is certainly better than having your lines freeze. Frozen pipes can be very expensive and inconvenient. If your line freezes do not attempt to thaw with with a torch or you can be faced with a potential fire. Rather, use a hair dryer or turn up your heat if you are unsure of what action to take, followed by making a call to your plumber.
January 28th will be our first Health & Wellness Saturday. We will hold it from 10am until 12noon and will feature basic Yoga. We do not have the final details on the remainder of that day, but for now plan on doing Yoga with me in the new year. Working on the remainder of the details and will provide them to you next week.