The Village is proud to report that we will have another VISTA Volunteer to aid us with flood recovery. Starting tomorrow, the secretary of the Business Association and good friend Sheila Donegan will start at the office. She will work for both regional and local development, including coordinating volunteers, grant efforts, and other tasks. She follows Donald Osei-Owusu, who organized business initiatives, volunteer days, and worked with me on a bunch of grant proposals. Sheila is working through SALT, which has been instrumental in this and many other recovery projects in the area.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
The following was sent out in the February water bills.
Village of Middleburgh Community Newsletter
The Village has been hard at work on multiple projects to make the community a better place. Included in the list of projects are the following:
- After cooperation between the Village, Department of Public Works, and the Fire Department the skating rink in Bagley Park is open for the first time since 2003. The rink is open from dawn till dusk.
- The Village is encouraging residents to drop off their unused skates at the Village Hall at 309 Main Street for a skate loan program.
- The Village applied for a grant to improve lighting near the Elementary and High Schools to make the area safer.
- The Library held its first annual Health and Wellness Fair January 11th.
- The Timothy Murphy monument is on track to be opened this year. The stone and design will be done exclusively in the United States. Anyone willing to donate to the project or purchase a specially designed commemorative brick paver can call Trustee Morton at 827-4343.
- Miracle on Main Street was its largest yet-- with approximately 800 people packing Main Street with its most exhibits yet.
- The Village was reimbursed $1,933 for the cost of the 2013 dissolution vote which originally was spent out of local taxpayer dollars.
- The Schoharie News (www.theschoharienews.com) opened an office at 308 Main Street and can be reached at 231-1465. This and the accountant are businesses number seven and eight to open since the Village launched its business program in April 2012.
Our Board members have been hard at work. Some of their projects include:
- Trustee Sheryl Adams (email@example.com) and the Renaissance Council was able to successfully plan Miracle on Main Street and worked on the final touches of the Main Street Grant program, which aided over a dozen businesses and provided for local projects like the Baker Avenue pavilion and the wildflower project.
- Mayor Matthew Avitabile (firstname.lastname@example.org) worked on proposals for solar energy for the community. He convinced Valley Tax and Accounting and the Schoharie News to open in Middleburgh and is working on multiple other business and municipal projects.
- Trustee Tom Gruning (email@example.com) also worked on a potential solar project.
- Trustee Bill Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org) worked with SUNY Cobleskill's Department of Landscape Architecture on a draft plan for the Timothy Murphy Park. The design, done by Middleburgh native Dessa Shaul will serve as a template for future projects. Trustee Morton also suggested the skate loan program and is working on the Timothy Murphy Park.
- Trustee Bob Tinker (email@example.com) has been aiding multiple projects, including the Joshua Project's plans to rehab the old ARC building on River Street.
Anyone with questions can contact the Board members above. 2014 is looking to be a year of ramping up the local recovery. The local community blog is www.middleburghny.blogspot.com.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Skaters are encouraged to use the skating rink in Bagley Park after dark. The lighting system, made up of four parts is now working again, staying on until at least 10pm. All are welcome to use and to take part in our skate loan program.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
On February 8, 2014 The Artisans' Gallery at 322 Main Street in Middleburgh will host a Wine Tasting of Hummingbird Hills locally produced wines. Come from noon to 4pm and enjoy and be able to purchase lovely Valentine's gifts for the special guys and girls in your life from our fine selection of locally produced art and fine crafts!