All too quickly another month has gone by and, though the crisis has not passed, the weather is improving and soon we will begin to see the lake recede. We are encouraged that some help may be coming our way but the harsh reality is that it will take time and be very limited. The town though must move forward and continue to manage our affairs with a positive outlook on the future.
Most often, in this column, I tend to focus on a particular topic or two. This time I thought it might be of interest to share some of the activities your supervisor participated in. Each month there are many meetings, phone calls, email messages, constituent visits, department meetings, meetings with developers, budget and finance issues, personnel issues, resolutions and vouchers to administer, etc.
Beyond the normal monthly activity, I participated in the annual Relay for Life auction, "Bid for the Cure," that raises funds for cancer research. I had the opportunity to spend a morning with my friend Bob Pooler at Hometown Radio, WIRY. That event gave me an opportunity to share, with their listeners, town activity and development as well as a bit of who I am. I also traveled to Saratoga to support our Water Wastewater Department and join them in receiving recognition for being named by the NYS Rural Water Association the 2011 best public water utility in New York State! I also co-chaired the annual Good Scout Breakfast and fundraiser held at Post 20 that welcomed Bob Parks as our keynote speaker.
I chair the Clinton County Supervisor's Association and organized our monthly meeting that was held at the Town Hall. I joined in a meeting with Ken Adams the Governor's Commissioner for economic development and President of Empire State Development. I had the great honor to participate in the convocation and awards ceremony at PSU and addressed students who were receiving academic honors and special recognition. I also attended a meeting at Clinton Community College and participated in the Transportation Needs Assessment Project Advisory Committee held at the Development Corporation. I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Evergreen Townhouse Community that also met this month.
In closing the month, I was pleased to again join in the Memorial Day activities at American Legion Post 20 to honor our Veterans past and present. It was another busy month in the town of Plattsburgh.
As we enter into the summer and holiday season, please drive carefully and be considerate of those who will be visiting our community!
Bernie Bassett is supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh.