Elden fourth graders had a unique opportunity last Friday.
Prior to a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate new playground equipment at Lysander Park, Wendy Smiley and Aaron Bullis' fourth grade classes were able to question Assemblyman William Barclay, Legislator Rich Lesniak, Supervisor Barry Bullis and Councilor Jack Krisanda about government and how the representatives made the new playground possible.
After determining that the playground needed new equipment (the previous equipment was 20 years old), Lysander Parks and Recreation Department Director Ann Smiley approached the Lysander town board about funding new equipment. At that point, Bullis pursued available grants through Barclay, who secured the $14,600 needed to purchase and install the new playground.
The children also asked how to get involved in government.
"Be honest, have integrity and treat people the way you want to be treated and you'll do well," Bullis said.
"You have to learn about government and you have to read, read, read," Barclay added.
Upcoming public hearings
A public hearing regarding the Lakeside fire district 5-year contract will be held at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 7 at the Van Buren town hall at the corner of Van Buren and Ellsworth roads. From 2008 through 2010, the proposed budget will remain at $226,000 (the current annual budget), in 2011 the proposed budget will increase to $228,260 and in 2012 the proposed budget increases to $232,000.
Please note the Van Buren board meeting, regularly scheduled for Tuesdays, has been moved to Wednesday due to Election Day.
A second public hearing will be held Nov. 7 at 7:45 p.m. regarding the preliminary budget for the town of Van Buren. The adopting date for the budget is Nov. 20.
Councilor Wendy Van Der Water encouraged residents to preview the proposed budget, which will be available for public viewing prior to the hearing in the town clerk's office.
B'ville approves engineer position
After hearing no comments during a public hearing regarding the creation of the office of village engineer last Thursday, the board approved the position. The village engineer, a two-year appointment, will oversee the village's department of public works and the codes' office.