Nowhere is this more evident than in the recent high level of participatory government that has been fostered by the past few boards. I find this thrilling and am eager to see this continue. All of the most recent initiatives taken on by the Village Board -- the Comprehensive Plan, the boat launch, the fight against invasive species in the lake -- have seen the input of dozens of citizens.
There remains plenty of work to be done, but I strongly feel that the outgoing board members have paved the way by leaving this tremendous gift of open and accessible local government.
One of the most important current issues facing the Village concerns the College and potential changes to related zoning laws. The College is a tremendous asset to this community and the benefits of a healthy Town and Gown relationship are significant.
I believe that wonderful and important things can be accomplished if we can come together and foster a comfortable working environment on these issues. I am a proponent of forming an effective Town and Gown initiative modeled on our other open and participatory efforts. I believe that if we can work together in this manner, our investment in the College -- and its in us -- could result in a spectacular return for both parties.
I would like to thank outgoing trustees Paul Brooks, Russ Brownback, and Tom Tait for their selfless dedication and commitment to the Village. I would be honored to have your support on June 16.
Peggy Van Arnam:
It is with great pleasure and humility that I announce my candidacy for Village Trustee on both the Democratic and Community Party lines.
For the past few years I have joined and applauded the many residents who took on the task of creating a Comprehensive Plan for the Village. A new spirit of openness and responsiveness has accompanied this effort, resulting in an excellent road map. While continuing the other duties of running a village, we must now finish the task, creating appropriate zoning and other regulations that will maintain the character of this unique village. As a participant in creating the Historic Preservation Ordinance and the Noise Ordinance, I know well the effort required.