Message from the Manager: Looking Ahead
I’m pleased to announce that the Village Council approved the site plan for the 530 Crandon Boulevard property. Architects and engineers are in the process of completing the park’s construction plan. Look out for more on this exciting project in the Fall.
In the meantime, the park’s newly installed pump track has proven to be an extremely successful pilot program. The pump track is off-road terrain designed for cycle sports, particularly mountain bikes, BMX bikes, Razor scooters and skateboards. Without exception, 50 to 75
kids use the ramp on a daily basis. We intend to evaluate this popular recreational amenity to potentially make it a permanent feature in the Village.
In more park news, permits for the final component of the park on Hampton Lane were signed and forwarded to a contractor in July to begin work on the final phase. We’re still planning for an early Fall opening.
The first Budget Workshop of the 2017/2018 fiscal year was held at the end of June. The highly attended meeting included members of the public seeking financial assistance for existing programs, as well as people proposing new programs. These programs will be formulated into the first formal budget hearings in September.
The Village continues to offer the on-demand transportation program, Freebee. Also, in keeping with our desire to reduce the number of vehicles on our roadways, we have
introduced a bike-share program called LimeBike. The lime-green colored bikes are currently found throughout the community. Residents use a smart phone app to unlock, pay $1 for and ride a bike in 30-minute increments. It’s been a very successful pilot program so far. The Village Council’s guidance and support has been instrumental in the
launching of these innovative programs.
As a reminder to the community, the new school year begins on August 21st. We’ll see more kids on bikes, scooters and skateboards riding to and from school. Please be especially careful driving at the beginning and end of each school day. Enhanced police force will be present, but we ask everyone to slow down and watch the roads to ensure the continued safety of our younger residents.
John. C. Gilbert