On September 24th, Moody’s Investor Service announced that the Town of Williamson’s credit rating was reviewed and that it will remain at Aa3. An Aa3 rating means the town’s obligations are judged to be of high quality and are subject to very low credit risk.
This is good news and reflects well on the Town Board’s continued management of town finances over recent years.
On October 24th, along with the members of the Williamson Library Board of Trustees, I attended the 26th Annual Pioneer Library System Dinner & Meeting in Geneseo. I was pleased to see that President of the Board of Trustees, “Pete” Wright, was one of two recipients of the 2015 Pioneer Award Library Champion of the Year award.
Mr. Wright has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 16 years and President for 15 of those years. He is retired from being a teacher and principal and was a member of the Williamson Central School District Board of Education for nine years. Mr. Wright was previously recognized by the Town Board as the 2009 Dianne Roffe Citizenship Award winner.
If you see Mr. Wright, congratulate him for a job well done as well as the other members of the Williamson Library Board of Trustees for bringing truly world class services to the citizens of our community.
On October 21st, I made a presentation at the 2015 Greentopia/Futures Summit: Cities of the Future at Monroe Community College where I narrated the recent history of our town with renewable energy. I was a member of a panel which focused how cities were implementing strategies for the future. There were over 200 attendees at the event.
The town’s history with renewable energy began with an Energy Conservation & Sustainability Study in 2009. The Town Board opted to follow this study with projects that made both economic and environmental sense.
Major projects included solar panels at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in 2010 and a solar panel project at the Town Complex in 2011. The largest renewable energy project is located at WilliamSUN Solar Field which became operational last December.
In 2015, the town embarked on a Solarize Williamson campaign to bring solar energy to both residents and businesses. The final Solarize Williamson campaign meeting will be on Wednesday, November 4th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayne Finger Lakes Career Training Center. The goals and progress of the campaign will be reviewed with thought to future initiatives to pursue solar energy.
The Town of Williamson has four lighting districts – Williamson, East Williamson, Pultneyville, and East Williamson – Route 104. We are in the process of updating the Pultneyville Lighting District following a request from several residents to make updates and improvements to street lighting in Pultneyville.
The Pultneyville Lighting District was created in 1910. There are parcels that are not currently documented as being in the district that are located within the district’s boundaries. Updating will include adding those that should be included and possibly changing the boundaries originally established in 1910.
There will be a public meeting conducted to explain what a lighting district is, how to go forward with updates and improvements and to receive input going forward.
At some point the town will likely undertake the same process for the other three lighting districts.
Remember that the 2015 Leaf Drop-Off Program continues at WilliamSUN Solar Field. You can drop off leaves and small yard waste on Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on October 31st, November 7th November 14th, and November 21st.