Jay goals center on Main St.

Au SABLE FORKS - A few days after detailing his goals for the county, Jay supervisor Randy Douglas did the same for the local community at the town of Jay organizational meeting.

Among the topics Douglas brought up during the Thursday, Jan. 6, meeting, was talk of the continuing project to revitalize the Main Street of Au Sable Forks.

"We want to continue the improvements with Main Street," Douglas said. "You can definitely see a difference as you go through there now. We had an event up here with the supervisors after the county organizational meeting, and I had numerous comments on how well Main Street now looks."

Douglas added there have been a number of businesses that have been key players in the renovation project, including the Tahawus Lodge Center, along with the grant that was done through HAPEC.

"This grant will be coming to an end, but we will look to be a main part of the next cycle of grants," Douglas said.

Douglas said he is excited to see the finished project.

"By the time we are done with installing the patios and benches and fencing, it's really going to be looking nice," Douglas said.

Along with revitalization, Douglas said the town will continue to keep its budget down.

"Over the last seven years, we have averaged less than a two-percent increase in the tax levy, which is very good given this economy," Douglas said. "One thing I would like to do is look at all of the town properties and see which ones we no longer need and use that chance to get some more revenue for the town."

Douglas also said he wanted to look into the opportunity to have a county recycling station within the town boundaries.

He also thanked the members of the town board and employees for their work.

"I could not do this job without the members of the board and this staff," Douglas said. "I appreciate each one of you."

At the beginning of the meeting, the board took a moment to remember former judge and election inspector Ramona Thwaits, who recently passed away.

"She was excellent at what she did," town board member Gerald Hall said. "She was always willing to help put in any way for the community."

"She was well respected in the community and will be missed," town board member Amy Shalton said.

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