As I leave office after two terms, I'd like to say thank you for letting me stand for the town; it was an honor.
I've enjoyed representing Saranac in a larger context and also working on specific projects with the board members for the town's advancement: establishing a professional looking Web site, featuring student art work in the town hall meeting room and the court house, helping to form the Saranac Local Development Corporation, paying more attention to the Standish Park, producing a welcome packet for new town residents, making home visits throughout the year, keeping you informed by writing regularly for the Town Crier and the Free Trader, encouraging the production of a town promotional video, receiving state and federal grants totaling $106,000, adopting a town law governing adult entertainment, and helping to keep the overall town budget increases near or under the consumer price index.
In the next few years, I will look to see how some of the projects which we started, but have not yet completed, are faring: the revitalization of town lands around the Saranac River and in the hamlets, the progress of building an industrial park on town land, and the status of a Community Broadband Network after helping them receive a $107,000 grant to build infrastructure to provide area residents with high speed Internet.
Of course there have been some frustrations. The money from the grants we received is still being held up - we are not immune to the national and state economies. We were not able to convince the county to keep the Soper Road Bridge open. The Saranac vs. Reed case has not yet been decided.
There are challenges ahead for the town. If we can't find more volunteers, the three water boards either need to be abolished and the districts be led directly by the town board or the three boards should be combined into one. The preliminary study on the industrial park needs to get done. The local waterfront revitalization program requires action. A bridge over the True Brook has to be replaced.
In a previous column, I thanked the people with whom I've worked. The town can rest proudly with the jobs they do. And so, as I leave, I look forward to my next adventures in the same manner as I approached my duties in office two terms ago - allowing life to unfold and bloom.
Good-bye and thank you.
Joe Gerardi is the supervisor of the town of Saranac. His column has appeared regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today. We thank Joe for his regular commitment to informing readers of this newspaper and wish him the best!