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SUBMITTED by James Hoffman, Town of Williamson (21-Feb-2010)

Supervisor’s Column
Jim Hoffman
February 2010

Three Williamson residents were recognized at the 40th Police, Fire and Ambulance Webster-Fairport B.P.O. Elks Recognition Dinner in East Rochester this month. Gerald Canne was recognized for 50 years of service with the Williamson Fire Department. Jeff Zorn of the Williamson Fire Department was recognized for his heroic efforts in saving a fellow fire firefighter who was falling off a roof at a working fire. Jennaya Cook was recognized for her outstanding service to the community as a member of the Williamson Volunteer Ambulance Service. Congratulations go to each of them for their unselfish contributions to our town.

The Town Board has initiated a Sustainable Green Community Planning Project. The project will focus on making the Town more energy efficient. The goal of this project is to reduce energy costs in the Town thereby stimulating the economy and serving as an example for future projects. We seek to advance a sustainable economy in Williamson. Input and consensus will be sought from town officials as well as from local businesses, labor, school leaders and public service organizations.

The first meeting of stakeholders was held on February 3, 2010, at the Library program room. In attendance were Michael Collins, Tom Demarree, Tom Watson, Cheryl Gravelle, Kevin Wachter, Steve Smalley, Lorraine Mason, Chip Bailey, Wilma Young, Mike Orr, Jane DeGroote and myself. The meeting was led by Ram Shrivastava, President of Larsen Engineers - the consultant for this project.

The project is funded entirely by a grant for $30,000 awarded in December to the Town of Williamson from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The project must be completed by May 15, 2010. The Wayne County Industrial Development Agency (WCIDA) is undertaking a similar project at the county level. I am a member of the Wayne County Sustainable Green Community Task Force for that project.

Anyone interested in participating in the Sustainability Green Community Planning Project please contact me at 589-2038 or via email at wmsonsupv@rochester.rr.com. This is an exciting project. The more input from the community the better.

I attended the 2010 Association of Towns Annual Meeting and Training session in New York City this month. There was a wide variety of classes on local government and several of our elected state leaders spoke on the current issues facing New York.

It was “Snowman Party Day” last Tuesday at the Williamson Free Public Library. 419 people visited the Library with 40 kids and parents building snowmen and 60 enjoying a craft and refreshments. Library Director Cheryl Gravelle reports that 952 items were checked out, second in the entire OWWL system of 42 libraries for the day, behind Canandaigua's library by only 10 items.

As a reminder Library hours were increased last fall. The Library now opens weekdays at 9:30 a.m. as opposed to 10:00 a.m.


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