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City and Town with Don Kasprzak and Bernie Bassett

— Everyone enjoy the end of the summer with friends and family! Thanks.

Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.

Bernie Bassett

As we work our way into the month of August, once again there are signs of change as back to school advertising has begun! This fall, in the Bassett home, our son will enter Potsdam State as a freshman. Like many other families, we are excited for him as we also prepare for changes in our home.

In July, the Clinton County Fair dodged the traditional week of showers but in its place had to manage some of the hottest temperatures of the season. Congratulations to Glenn and the Fair Board for their work and another outstanding event.

Though July was a little less hectic for us we remained busy. Most recently we have been working with the Kohl’s Department Stores. They have been in discussion with our Planning and Codes Departments. Kohl’s would be a welcomed addition to our local retail market. Also, work on the new Texas Road House ramped up last month in anticipation of a fall opening.

With two public hearings behind us, we continued to move forward with a new local law to regulate the management of solid waste. We also began our kick-off meetings with FEMA to address reimbursement for town expenses incurred during the spring flood.

As usual there were many meetings, committees and presentations to participate in. At the end of the second quarter, sales tax remained up and we are cautiously optimistic that those proceeds will be above what we budgeted for 2011. This is good news as we have been working to do upgrades that will pay dividends in the future by reducing our energy costs. We have also been working with a very aggressive highway-paving budget this summer. The good weather has enabled our Highway crew to make measurable progress and hopefully we will achieve our goals before the quarry closes this fall.

Though there is new optimism coming from Albany the economy remains fragile and many North Country families remain uncertain about their future. Still, I remain confident that the town of Plattsburgh will continue to make steady economic progress for the rest of this year and next.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe month of August and enjoy the second half of summer!

Bernie Bassett is supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh.

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