October 2022 Newsletter
Welcome to my October 2022 Newsletter
I'll be updating you on issues being discussed at our Board of Trustee meetings
Mayor Tim Collopy
If you have questions or comments, please contact me at:
In This Issue...
✓ Annual Financial Report
✓ Rescue Squad Celebration
✓ Upcoming Holiday Plans
✓ Historian Award for Excellence
✓ North Avenue Paving
✓ Police News
✓ Proposed Zoning Law Changes
Annual Financial Report
Each municipality must file an Annual Update Document (AUD) with the NYS Controller's Office which details the municipality's financial condition as of the close of the prior fiscal year. At our last board meeting, Sr. Acct. Clerk K. McLaughlin presented a summary of the Village of Millbrook's AUD for fiscal year ending 5/31/2022. The presentation is included in the meeting document link on our website, but here are the key messages:
As reported in an earlier newsletter, expenses for last fiscal year finished $30K below budget while revenues finished $110K over budget ($72K of that overage was from the American Rescue Fund program). The new news is that the fund balances continue to show healthy year-to-year improvements: the General Fund grew 62% to $454K, the Water Fund grew 16% to $192K, and the Sewer Fund grew 23% to $190K. These results are a tribute to the hard work and attention-to-detail of the clerks, department heads and trustees, for which I am very grateful.
Rescue Squad Celebration
On 10/1, the Millbrook EMS volunteers held a recognition dinner to celebrate 75 years of service to the Village of Millbrook and Town of Washington community! Deputy Mayor Contino presented the volunteers with a plaque, which was signed by the Trustees, congratulating them on their decades-long service to our community.
Upcoming Holiday Plans
Trustee Arbogast (who is also now President of the Millbrook Business Association) reported that Christmas trees will be delivered and placed by the Highway Department on 11/15-11/17. Volunteers will be solicited via social media to help decorate the trees on the following weekend, 11/19-11/20.
C. Collopy has offered to again organize the annual Parade of Lights which is planned for Friday, 12/2. The tree-lighting will occur at 6PM and the parade begins immediately after that. For those who wish to participate, details and contact info are now posted on the Village website.
Historian Award for Excellence
On 9/20, during their annual conference in Kingston, the Association of Public Historians of New York State honored Town of Washington/Village of Millbrook Historian David Greenwood with the prestigious Edmund J. Winslow Local Government Historian Award For Excellence. Named for a past senior historian at the New York State Museum, the award honors an exceptional public history project. APHNYS selected David Greenwood because of his long-running local history calendar, an initiative shared with the Millbrook Historical Society and the Bank of Millbrook. The calendars, which feature scenes of Millbrook past built around various themes, have garnered nationwide attention for the Village and resulted in the return of many pieces of Millbrook and Town of Washington history back to Dutchess County. Congratulations, David!
North Avenue Paving
Weather played havoc with our scheduled paving of North Avenue, which was finally completed on Friday, 10/14. Thanks to all of the residents and businesses who were subjected to multiple delays and re-schedules over the past few weeks (original date was 9/19!). As in all of our major roadwork, we also very much appreciate the assistance of the Town of Washington Highway Department.
Officer-in-Charge Witt has been managing the electric speed sign for the past 3 months, moving it to various locations throughout the Village. Since it is battery-operated (the Village has too many trees to utilize a solar-powered sign), he has been moving it after every re-charge (every 2-3 weeks). In addition to providing "traffic-calming", the sign reports have identified when & where police should patrol.
OIC Witt presented an "Active Shooter Training Plan" for department police at the last board meeting (details in the meeting docs) which included drills and tactics at a local range, additional equipment, and plans to collaborate with other municipal police departments and the DC 911 Office.
DC Emergency Response offered the Village Police Department an opportunity to join their deployment of body-worn cameras (BWC) for a nominal fee which would cover the 1st 5 years of operation. OIC Witt is evaluating the proposal and will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees at our November meeting.
Proposed Zoning Law Changes
At the November board meeting there will be a public hearing regarding 2 proposed changes to our zoning law:
Details can be found on our website in the meeting docs of the last board meeting.
Village Board Meetings
Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
If you have questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact me
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