Story by Kathleen Wilson
Newly elected Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter, Jr., called the Board meeting to order at Village Hall on Wed., May 9. Several Village residents attended and witnessed that it clearly takes a lot to run a Village.
The long list of unfinished business and new business included the usual meeting minutes and the Treasurer’s Report as well as Trustees’ updates on numerous and varying assignments and more than a dozen agenda items encompassing announcements and correspondence to the Village in a chock-full, eight page meeting agenda.
Village Treasurer Announces Retirement
After more than four decades of service, Village Treasurer Walter B. Kujawski, CPA, announced he will officially retire on Fri., Jun. 1. Treasurer Kujawski served as Village Treasurer since 1975. Mayor Harter and the Village Board congratulated Kujawski on his upcoming retirement and hailed his outstanding service to the Village of Florida.
Trustee Craig Olejniczak reported on the Village’s preparation and readiness for its Summer Programs. So much happens after the snow melts to prepare the Village for spring and summer outdoor activities including the clean-up of Village properties and street and sewer cleaning to opening the parks and setting up the batting cages and organizing the summer recreation programs. Forms for Summer Programs were distributed through Golden Hill Elementary School and will also be posted online at www.villageoffloridany.org.
Bob Scott Appointed Village Historian
The Village of Florida has a long and uniquely interesting history and Bob Scott will serve as Village Historian while William Pillmeier, Jr., will serve as Assistant Historian. Together, this knowledgeable team will ensure the preservation of the Village’s history by enlightening its young citizens who will shape the future of this great Village while honoring its unique history.
LED Lighting May Be Way of the Future for Florida
The LED lighting project continues to move forward. At this time, both O&R Utilities and Real Turn Energy have performed separate audits on the existing lighting as informed by Sandy Staed from Real Turn Energy. Trustee Olejniczak stated the next step will involve comparing and evaluating the audits from both organizations. The initial steps taken included the existing number of lights and the cost of electricity for those lights.
Initial talks also included discussion to include the Village as part of a consortium which would reduce the cost to change to the LED mode. If the change occurs, LED lighting will significantly reduce electricity costs for the Village. Trustee Olejniczak has been heavily involved in this project and will continue to provide updates as they become available.
2018 Memorial Day Parade Set for May 28
A motion was made and seconded to approve the use of Village streets and approve funds for the band for the Annual Memorial Day Parade on Mon., May 28. The parade will start at 2 p.m. and it was mentioned that the Fire Dept. hosts a terrific spread that always includes great hot dogs!
The next regular Board meeting and public hearing will be held on Wed., Jun. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 33 S Main St. in Florida. For additional information and minutes from Board of Trustees meeting, visit www.villageofflorida.org.