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Hastings Mayor's Message - 05/28/09 - Summer Message


Dear Hastings Resident,

We are pleased to report that the operating budget  beginning June 1, 2009 has been adopted and requires a lower than anticipated tax rate. The Board of Trustees spent considerable time reviewing department budgets and identified a number of areas whereby savings and productivity improvements can be implemented. Despite falling revenues we have been able to maintain service levels with only minor program adjustments. We will continue to seek out economies of scale by joining with neighboring communities in the purchase of products and services.
There is one initial area that needs to be brought to your attention. The Village will no longer supply paper bags for yard waste. This is a cost savings, but it is also viewed as an important first step towards reducing the amount of vegetative yard waste generated/ collected in the Village. A number of techniques in yard maintenance practices can dramatically reduce the amount of material picked up by the DPW, such as composting, mulching lawnmowers and other environmentally sensitive low-impact steps. Efforts to reduce the amount of material collected needs to be stepped up because the Village is experiencing difficulty finding a location for disposal of grass clippings. This material has traditionally been difficult to dispose of and lately the situation has worsened because the current location will no longer accept any grass clippings. Consequently, we need your help by practicing (or encouraging your landscape service to practice) techniques other than curbside pickup to handle this byproduct.
We also wish to bring to your attention a series of public service announcements that are shown periodically on WHoH (Channel 75). These topics have included the importance of volunteerism, lawn maintenance, use of pesticides and fertilizers, motor vehicle anti-idling laws, downtown commercial district revitalization, and sustainability issues. These programs are intended to heighten the viewer's awareness of specialized topics under discussion and are designed to inform and educate all of us on changes which can result in quality of life benefits and cost savings. Please share your thoughts on these programs and pass along suggestions for future topics which you believe would be of benefit to the community.
Additionally, over the next several months one of our goals is to redesign the Village website. We believe the opportunity exists to implement improvements to this important means of information distribution. Kindly pass along suggestions on ways we can improve the usefulness of how we communicate with residents through this electronic means.
Finally, I wish to close this letter with my annual appeal that you consider Chemka Pool membership. This facility continues to be a wonderfully enjoyable opportunity for everyone to cool off, exercise and simply enjoy themselves during the warm days of summer.
Francis A. Frobel
Village Manager

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York