April arrived with cold, wet weather which has caused severe problems and devastating damage throughout the region and parts of the city especially the North Margaret Street area. The rain caused area flooding and a record high water mark in Lake Champlain which has brought challenges for the city as we closed Wilcox Dock, our city waterfront area, and monitor the Saranac River. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and local businesses were closed. County and city employees have done an outstanding job working together through this crisis.
I personally had a very busy month. I performed a wedding ceremony for a couple who I know very well. The ceremony was special as they are wonderful people. I visited the government class of Dr. Tom Mandeville and answered many questions from the students. I thoroughly enjoy meeting college students and always listen to their concerns and perspectives. I was invited to speak at the Sunrise Rotary. As usual, I enjoyed answering their questions and discussing city business. They are a wonderful group of people to work with. Mike Perrotte held his annual Champlain Valley Motor Show at the Crete Center. This event was a success as usual as Mike and his staff do a first-class job whatever they are involved with. I delivered a proclamation at the Military Appreciation Day at the Crete Center which was very special. I truly appreciate our veterans, active military personnel, and their families. The Half-Marathon was a success despite the cold, rainy weather. Mayor's Cup and Regatta plans continue to move ahead. I am excited this year with our schedule of events and as we get closer to the July 9th weekend more activities will be announced.
As May arrives, our outdoor work begins. Grass begins to grow and needs to be cut, our parks and streets need cleaning, potholes and paving projects begin, sidewalk replacement work starts, and special events begin to take place. We do our best to make the city as presentable as possible. With the flooding situation, however, our first priority will be to assist our residents and businesses until Lake Champlain recedes. I appreciate the patience of the community as we do our best to work through this serious challenge. Thanks!
Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.