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The town of Clay in review

Supervisor Ulatowski talks about the town's past, present and future

The Clay Insider sat down with Clay Town Supervisor Damian Ulatowski to talk about what the town has accomplished last year and what the municipality and community have on the horizon for 2010.

One of many things Ulatowski was most proud of was the fact that the town took on several projects in 2009 without outsourcing contracts or services. Some projects included a road cohesion plan to connect Morgan Road and Henry Clay Boulevard and a sanitation rehabilitation project along certain parts of Morgan Road.

The sanitation project involved a new technology that saved the town thousands of dollars by incorporating an internal patch that made the line more efficient.

"We took [these projects] on as a town which can be unusual," Ulatowski said. "We were able to control the costs, the cost was lower to taxpayers and we accomplished it."

The town also acquired a community development grant that enabled street re-paving within Casual Estates property.

"We were able to identify a certain neighborhood that could use the funds," Ulatowski said.

Clay efficiency

Ulatowski said the town was able to make town hall and other municipal buildings more energy efficient by way of a $500,000 energy grant. Although town hall is more than 5 years old, the building underwent green renovation with new lighting and weatherproofing systems, Ulatowski said.

The green renovations didn't end there. The old town hall that is now the Onondaga Sheriff's Department and the town's highway building have gotten more energy efficient as well.

Ulatowski said the town partnered with National Grid to make some of the energy changes in 2009, but that he hopes to "explore what else can be done" to make the town's buildings even more efficient.

"That's a part of lowering the utility bill that affects the taxpayers," Ulatowski said.

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