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Local Western New York officials share 2014 resolutions

SPRINGVILLE — As the Springville area rang in the New Year, many local officials reflected on what’s to come and what they resolve to do, in 2014.

Concord Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito said that his big resolution for 2014 is to complete Concord’s senior center project, which the town has been working on for the last six years.

“We’re really hoping to complete our senior center, within 2014,” Eppolito said. “We purchased the land, we’ve got the plans and we’re hoping to have that built, this year.”

Eppolito said that he also has a personal resolution for the New Year.

“Personally, I am working hard at being a little better organized,” the supervisor said.

Springville Village Administrator Tim Horner said that, even though it isn’t new this year, the village will be seeking out new ways to get more grants. Horner said plans exist for community development that the village could use grant money to help complete.

The plans include such projects as improving village streetscapes, parks and Rails to Trails.

“We will finish our comprehensive plan by June 2014,” Horner said. “We will then proceed to search for assistance in financing these projects, through grants.”

Horner said that these projects will be a big undertaking, and will take multiple years to complete.

“That’s a pretty big job, right there. It’s going to take a great deal of effort from our planning boards, our legal departments and our code enforcement area, to develop these plans,” Horner said.

The administrator noted that, without making a plan or a resolution, it is more difficult to succeed in your objectives.

“It’s always important to plan. It’s like a budget,” he explained. “You have to anticipate your cost, you need to anticipate your growth in your community and you have to plan how you’re going to get to those goals.”

The newly-elected Colden town supervisor, James DePasquale, was sworn into office on Jan. 2.

“I resolve to become the supervisor of Colden, and put the people of the town first,” DePasquale said.

He added that, to realize his resolution, he will listen to the voice of the people and work together with the town board, as one team. In 2014, the new supervisor hopes to bring unity back into the town.

“I just want a good year for all town residents, and for the town board to have a good year, working together,” he said.

DePasquale said he hopes to bring current town issues, like hydrofracking, and other town concerns to a solution that will benefit all town residents.

Boston Town Clerk Jennifer Mule’ said the current town board, which has served for four years, will go on to serve another four.

“The job they have done, so far, has been to keep taxes low, or not have increases, so I’m hoping and assuming that that’s what they will continue to strive for, in the next four years,” she said.

Mule’ thinks of the town clerk’s office as the hub of the government, because they are there full-time. Her main goal, she said, is to get the right information out to everyone who has questions, concerning anything from garbage pick-up to snow removal.

“Myself and my office always strive to be here for the customer, to be as helpful as we possibly can, with every issue that comes our way,” the town clerk said.

Mule’ added that, to reach her New Year goal of continuing to serve the people of Boston, she and her office will keep themselves educated on matters that citizens call about.

Her personal resolution is to get healthier, after the holidays. She said that, once the holidays come around, the festivities bring a lot of food, so a lot of people want to get healthier.

“Every year that goes by, you tend to kind of get in the rut of your daily work,” Mule’ said. “There’s always got to be something that you can improve yourself for, that will better your life, and better your family’s life.”

She also noted that, every other day of the year, people don’t really think about things they could resolve to do to improve their lives, but she said that if there is something people can do to try and be happy, every day, they should do it.

“Life is too short,” she said. “You definitely have to live every day to the fullest and enjoy it.”


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