Message from the Manager: Growing Gains
As we look forward to 2017, there is a lot of news to share, including updates on several projects discussed in the last issue.
The expansion of the Community Center is approaching completion and will be ready for use by early 2017. In addition to new spaces for recreation programs, members will enjoy renovations to the Basketball Gymnasium, Game Room and Indoor Playground.
The newly constructed Dog Park at the North end of the Village Green is now complete and open to the public. We are pleased with the outcome and happy to hear it is considered a resounding success among residents who frequent the park with their canine and human companions.
John C. Gilbert Village Manager
The Village recently acquired a corner lot at 401 Hampton Lane to create a passive neighborhood park. With the community’s involvement, the property has been designed and is currently under construction. Family and friends can gather here and enjoy the outdoors.
Three Councilmembers were recently elected by our Village community. We would like to welcome Councilmembers Katie Petros, Brett Moss and Allison McCormick. We also wish to thank Theodore Holloway, Dr. Michael E. Kelly and Edward London - who will be stepping down as Councilmembers - for their excellent service and for being outstanding stewards to this community.
The Village Council is currently discussing two large projects – burying of the power lines and the proposed site plan for the 530 Crandon Boulevard property. Information is being gathered so that Council can make informed decisions about these two projects. In the coming weeks, they will review various safety, systemic and liability issues and make some challenging decisions regarding these projects before educating the public about next steps.
Staffing and programming were carefully analyzed by Council and Department Directors during the recent budget review/approval process this past September. An increase in operating costs was due to the need for additional public safety efforts. The Fire Chief is also expecting continued growth in his Fire Prevention Bureau which coincides with ongoing Fire Safety Public Education. To date, we have reached out to almost double the number of Village residents involved in our CPR program and such efforts will continue.
During the holidays we can expect our community to ‘slow and grow’ – as things take on a slower pace we will see an increase in the number of people on the Key. From a public safety standpoint, both the Police and Fire Departments remind all residents to watch your speed and to be aware of your surroundings.
Wishing you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season.
John. C. Gilbert, Village Manager