Village Board to host Cilion at next meeting
At our next village hoard meeting on February 20th at 7:00 pm, members from Cilion and Les Cole from CRC will present to the hoard an overview regarding the anticipated Ethanol plant in the Town of Caledonia. As most of you are aware, there has been "public" meetings in the past at J.W. Jones Hall.
At the last meeting I questioned why the Village of Caledonia had not been afforded an opportunity to meet with Cilion to discuss a number of our concerns and to answer questions that residents of the village have presented to me.
As of this writing I would like to make it clear that I have not formed an opinion about the proposed project. Now this may come as a shock to many of you. "rumor control" has me against the project. Not true. This is why I have requested the meeting.
The only way any of us can develop an opinion is to go to the resource and discuss our concerns with them. I anticipate a productive meeting and I would encourage any resident to attend.
So there is no confusion, this meeting is with the board and Cilion. It will be our time to discuss and resolve any apparent misconceptions that Cilion and the board may have.
This project is going to have a major influence on the Town and the Village of Caledonia and now is the time to talk about these issues, before the project gets underway. I have been assured by Mr. Cole that all of our questions will he addressed.
If time permits, we will open the meeting to the floor and answer questions. All I ask is that everyone keep in mind that this will be a learning experience for the hoard and we will try to answer your questions if time permits. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.
Rumor Control / Caledonia Police Update
Rumors have a fascinating effect on all of us. Now and again they can be very entertaining and other times, be misinterpreted with a negative influence. I would like to clear up one of the more significant one’s. In a recent article that appeared in a local newspaper (12/21/06) it was acknowledged; "That the Village Of Caledonia PD responded to "Life and Death Emergencies" in the Town of Caledonia and that the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department provided a "Supplementary" services to the town. I have received several inquires about this statement.
To report any emergency such as; Fire, Police or Medical should always be reported to the Livingston County E911 Call Center. In the past the Town and Village of Caledonia have had a mutual agreement that states: "If requested by the Livingston County Sheriffs Department (E911) Call Center", the CPD will respond into the town as a "backup" or assistance. This agreement is still in effect. The LCSD is the "primary" responder to the town not CPD. I am mentioning this, to clear up any confusion the article may have unintentionally caused. The town is fortunate to have immediate access to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and New York State Police and as a "backup" the CPD. So, remember, always call E911. Hopefully you will never need to.
Now, I would like to address some of the more "entertaining rumors." No, I did not purchase an "Orange bulletproof vest"; It was an orange Traffic Vest, that was purchased to be used the week I filled in for the Crossing Guard at the school. No, I am not enrolled in the Police Academy … Too old … too heavy! And No, I do not drive the patrol car when CPD does not have an officer on duty!
Currently, Officer Dave Richardson is the OIC. He has performed exceptionally well and the department is moving in a very positive direction. Kathy Narowski is our other full time officer. The two new part time officers, Mike Murphy and Chris Beach have settled in to their respective positions and have been well received by the community. Officer Dan Chapman is part time and part of his duties involve being the school resource officer. Both Chris Beach and Dave Richardson are SRO’s.
In future articles I will highlight the various departments in the village and try to answer any questions regarding the department and to discuss any important or informational issues.
In closing, I would like to thank Barb Kemnitz ("Keeper Of The Sign") for all of her years of service to the village and the community. Lastly, Our thoughts and best wishes to Nora Brunette, our Deputy Village Clerk. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Mayor Caluorie updates the Village News
Time seems to be flying by for me. Eight months have gone by and it feels like yesterday when the three of us took office. Each day I encounter new events that add to the "learning curve." Luckily, we have a great group of people that work well together and are willing to go that extra mile, to complete a difficult job. I have been asked to highlight some of the high-profile projects and give my assessment of them.
Cal-Mum Hamilton Field Dedication: What can I say. It was a gratifying night. The field is beautiful and the dedication ceremony was professionally performed.
Monument: Talk about a "high profile" project. There isn’t a day that does not go by that someone doesn’t comment or call me about the "Monument." There have been articles in the paper and even the "I Gotta Vent" column has been used. The biggest issue is: WHO Has The Right-a-Way?. Folks, if you are not sure, look up the laws that pertain to Right-a-Ways. It is not complicated. However, do not presume the other driver is wrong, preferably, be prudent and do not gamble on your safety.
DPW: The major DPW projects are concluded. The "joint" school project was a success and came in under budget. It was beneficial to both the Village and Town of Caledonia. My congratulations to Chris Buckley (Village DPW) and Mark Schroeder (Town Highway Dept) for a job "Well Done". There are future "joint" projects planned that will be cost effective for both municipalities. Oh yes, WINTER is on its way, so get your snow tires on and do not forget the over-night parking regulations. If you have any questions, call the office. I do not want to see anyone receive that "detested" parking ticket.
Water Grants: Recently several streets (Jane, Jersey, Church, Spring & Mill) were sent questionnaires requesting household information. I know there were concerns about confidentiality. I can assure you that all information will be kept private. The Village of Caledonia did not receive the completed questionnaires. They were sent to an independent office that computed the data and submitted the information to NYS for review. With out your co-operation, we may not meet the requirements for the grant. One way or another the water lines and mains need to be replaced. If we receive cooperation from the residents we stand a good chance to receive the grants. That will keep the water rates from escalating. Please call me if you have any concerns or questions.
Police: We have added two new Part-Timers. Chris Beach (Cal-Mum graduate) and Mike Murphy (Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept, STAR Unit) have joined the force. We welcome them to the Caledonia Police Department. Currently, their status is; Part-time.
In closing I would like to thank Kelley’s Heroes for their practice sessions the past few weeks. I enjoyed hearing them while they marched through-out the village, honing their skills for their big day in Toronto.
See you around and have a nice day
Mayor Caluorie’s first Village News
Well, this is my first newsletter to
you since the three of us took office in April. I would have to say that
the first 30 days were spent "learning the ropes." The next
thing I did was to move into the office next to Ann Marie’s (Village
Clerk) office. I spent a great deal of the time trying to set up my file
system and to sort out all of my correspondence. I lost a bet to Ann
because I did not complete the task as agreed!
Police Department: Steve Polo was
made the Police Liaison. I chose Steve for several reasons, primarily
because of his experience at Eastman Kodak Company as a manager. He brings
to the table a fresh perspective regarding the department. He has looked
at such critical issues as scheduling (making use of our manpower) and how
it reflects on the community; the potential for a new hire to replace
Chief Joseph Rychlicki (who has indicated that it is time for him to give
up the reins) as the administrator in charge. Several applicants are being
looked at. (Mayor Caluorie’s column was written one week before Mr.
Rychlicki offered his resignation on September 1, 2006).