Happy New Year
As 2014 has drawn to a close, the Town of Evans has accomplished much.
The Sturgeon Point Nature Trail was completed and dedicated at the end of summer. The project was funded through a New York State Departemnt of Environment grant. This new addition enhances the services provided by our marina also serving as a new destination for recreation within our Town.
The Dog Park is finished and will be dedicated this spring. The generosity of LADS Pet Foods enabled us to construct a facility that has been desired by many residents for some time and, again, without cost to the taxpayer.
Development and investment is beginning to increase. The Woods at Greycliff will begin construction this summer. The second phase of the "Hike-Bike" path will begin this spring as well. Several new businesses have been meeting with the appropriate departments with the hope that this revitalization will add a much needed increase in the tax base to keep taxes at a minimum and provide new service and job opportunities for all citizens.
Each Town Department has been reorganized, making them more efficient, less costly to operate, and more peple and business-friendly. The Town's finances continue to improve with a decrease in unnecessary lawsuits and an aggressive approach to cost savings. These cost savings include: a reduction in cell phone use, as well as the elimination of duplicate lines; solar power, enabling a significant cut in emergey costs; and technology improvements that were accomplished "in house" instated of utilizing outside contractors. All vendor contracts have been restructured, cutting waste or simply eliminating those contracts that wouldn't negotiate savings for our Town.
The Town's Police Department received State funding secured by former State Senator, Mark Grisanti, for the purchase of a police boat that will be moored at the Sturgeon Point Marina. The Marina itself was also the recipent of State dollars to help defer the cost of annual dredging. The Parks Department is currently securing bids for that task added with the possiblilty of an early opening. The Town Board appointed its first ever Senior Citizen Advisory Board. Their task will be to assist the Town's Director of of Seniors by bringing more programs, as well as innovative ideas to enhance our current Senior Center.
I look forward to 2015, as we continue to manage the Town's finances, keeping the momentum of development moving forward and enhancing fiscal stability by simply "Doing the Right Thing."
Best Wishes in 2015,
Keith E. Dash, Supervisor Town of Evans