The month of March in City Hall brought some interesting developments and issues. The challenges of being the mayor of a city of approximately 18,000 residents are many. As the old saying goes, the city never sleeps! The area had another big snowstorm in March. It was on St. Patricks Day. Last month we had a storm on Valentines Day. I hope we dont continue to have snowstorms on every holiday in the future as it is expensive and inconvenient! The staff at public works worked around the clock for a couple of days and did a very good job. Former Councilor Bill Sabourin recently resigned as he and his family are moving to Pittsburgh. Bill did a very good job representing Ward 4 since he was elected in 2000. The mayor has the opportunity to appoint a replacement with the Councils approval. There were several qualified individuals interested in the position and we appointed Jim Calnon to replace Bill. Jim has over 24 years experience in government experience and will be a welcome addition to the Council. As usual, I was involved with many meetings during the month. I met with the staff of the Department of Environmental Conservation to discuss environmental issues facing the city. I attended a neighborhood meeting at Nancy Monettes home to discuss center city/college issues. I met with PSUC President John Ettling and his staff on a number of city/college issues as well. I was interviewed by Benjamin Pomerance of Cardinal Points, the College newspaper. There was a press event welcoming the owners of the Lake Placid restaurant, Nicolas, as the first official tenant of the Gateway Durkee Street Complex. A few days later, there was an open house at the Complex by the developer, ICV, which was very well attended. I attended a birthday party for one of Plattsburghs most popular residents, Donna Trombley. There were several meetings regarding the fishing tournaments which are extremely important for the regions economy. The city, town, county, Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders are all working together to insure our region will host these tournaments in the future. I visited with several Boy Scouts and parents as they asked me about the responsibilities of the mayor. And, I performed my second wedding ceremony for two very special individuals. Of course, there are the personnel and constituent issues that a mayor deals with on a daily basis. It is very difficult at any level of government to please everyone. All you can do is gather all the facts, consider what is best for the city, and then make an informed decision. I believe this is the best philosophy to follow. I am presently working on several projects. I can confidently say we will be holding a 2 day Mayors Cup on July 6 and 7. I will be announcing the details very soon. I will be depending on sponsorship help from the business community to make this successful. I am working to create a citywide policy manual which is very time consuming. The City and PSUC are forming a relationship to address center city issues. There are several development projects that are moving forward as well. As April arrives, a new set of challenges begin. Citywide clean-up, personnel changes, budget reviews, and capital construction projects are just a few of the many issues we will be dealing with. Lets all be positive as we move forward in a new direction. See you next month! Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak column will appear regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.