It has been an honor to serve as your Town Supervisor for the past 2 years. Working with the Board, we have maintained tight budget control and anticipate that the budget will stay within the tax cap of approximately 1.7%.
We have developed a competitive wage and benefit package for our employees and are working on a comparable insurance plan that will potentially save the taxpayers $60,000-70,000 per year, without sacrificing benefits.
Under the outstanding leadership of Highway Superintendent, Mike McAdams, we now have more that 50% of our roads blacktopped or oil and stoned, a 25% increase over the past 2 years, staying within budget to accomplish this. We continue to upgrade our highway department equipment and have purchased a new loader scheduled for December delivery. We have been able to use existing funds of $50,000 toward the $115,000 purchase price.
The Andes Business Group/Committee (now the Andes Chamber of Commerce) has played a crucial role in the economic development of our community over the past 2 years. Thanks to the expertise of Peter Ames, we now have a beautiful and inviting Town website. Many people visit our Town each week to hike, shop, eat, stay, look at property and participate in Community events and activities. A good sign of a strong economy.
Looking to the future we are working with the MARK Project hoping to secure a $300,000 Main Street Revitalization Grant and working with Cornell Cooperative Extension to secure funding for energy efficiency for our Town Buildings. With the help of several Community members on the Flood Commission Committee, Frank Winkler Planning Board Chair, Delaware County Soil & Water, DEP, Delaware County Planning Department and our Engineering firm, we are looking at options to lessen the risk of flooding within the hamlet at no cost to the Community. After expressing my concern to the NYS DOT regarding the safety concern of children crossing Route 28 at the Andes Central School, I have received a confirmation letter that improved signage, marking and warning lighting will be installed by the DOT in 2018.
The County EMS Tower is planned for installation in 2018 on Mt. Pisgah. Once installed, the tower will have the capability to have cell service added to the tower. A much slower process than we had hoped but still moving forward.
I would like to thank retiring Judge Joseph Grieco (43 years), Highway Superintendent Mike McAdams (44 years) and Councilman Tom Joyce (4 years) for their hard work and dedicated service to our Community.
They will be missed.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone who has come to the Board over the past 2 years to express your ideas, thoughts and concerns.
Please continue to do so. It has helped guide the board in making many important decisions that affect our Community.
I appreciate your continued support on Election day, November 7th.
Sincerely, Wayland “Bud” Gladstone
Bud is running unopposed for Town Supervisor