City and Town - Bassett

The past month was cooler than what meteorologists call normal for this time of year and my prediction of an early spring didn't happen. The late snowfall and cooler temperatures have stressed our highway budget but we will manage. Having dodged an April 1 snowstorm, we count our blessings one more time and anticipate that more spring like weather will return. Soon the street cleaning will begin along with doing the much-needed townwide road repairs and paving.

The previous month kept me very busy with the routine administrative duties of the position. Though groundbreaking activity slowed down, we continued to have new projects come forward as the town of Plattsburgh continues to grow. We have spent a great deal of time working with prospects and doing the things that are necessary to help make the town an attractive place to live and do business.

Recently, Dr. Sally Rowland from the DEC met with our solid waste moratorium committee to discuss waste treatment. Her expertise was valuable and helped generate some excellent committee discussion. At this month's Pfizer Transition Committee meeting I was pleased to learn that all but four former Pfizer employees have found new jobs, created new businesses or are in a training and education program to learn new skills and qualify for new local jobs. Their desire to remain in the community is commendable and to our advantage to retain their skills. Our Strategic Tourism Planning Committee has been working on a number of marketing strategies and events for this year and beyond. The occupancy tax generates revenue that enables us to have the resources and independence to develop the valuable tourism business that is so important to the Champlain Valley.

We have been working for some time to develop a shared service project with the town of Schuyler Falls that will eliminate the need for Schuyler Falls to duplicate services and equipment to maintain their small water system. The municipalities have drafted an agreement that will enable us to manage their public water system in a way that eliminates duplicate services and better leverages town resources. As the days continue to get longer, and warmer, let's all take advantage to get outside for some fresh air and exercise!

Bernie Bassett is supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh.

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