City and Town - Kasprzak

March was a very long and challenging month as the winter weather just wouldn't go away! I realize we live in the North Country but enough is enough! Hopefully, spring is around the corner.

The 2011 Mayor's Cup and Regatta plans are moving forward. Partnering with Sunrise Rotary has been very positive and I am confident this year's event will be enjoyable and successful. We have the entertainment booked and, this year, the Plattsburgh State Alumni Weekend is scheduled for Mayor's Cup Weekend. I attended the grand opening of the new Plattsburgh Housing Authority Office Building. The new building is located in the south end of the city and was very well constructed. The Plattsburgh Police Academy is under way and I visited two of the classes and observed the recruits. I look forward to attending their class graduation this summer. I performed a wedding ceremony for two friends in City Hall which was a special event for me.

As usual, my office dealt with constituent and personnel issues throughout the month. As everyone knows, potholes become very evident this time every year. Public Works does a very good job addressing potholes although it is nearly impossible to keep up as the weather changes daily this time of year affecting our infrastructure. We are beginning to discuss the beach opening, concession bids, and summer help as April arrives. We are also formulating schedules for street projects and sidewalk repairs as the weather begins to change. Our waterfront will soon open up with lake access and docking facilities for the season. And, the PlattsburghCity Half-Marathon is around the corner. All we need is good weather!

In closing, we are all looking forward to spring's arrival. It has been a long winter but somehow we always survive. As the weather changes, city departments deal with new seasonal demands and issues. We will continue to do our best for all of our residents!

Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.

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