As the year comes to an end, we look back at the challenges that we faced in 2012. The one that is at the top of the list was budgeting for 2013, both at the Town and County level. It was a difficult task and many municipalities had to dip into fund balance to keep increases manageable. Locally I would like to thank the Town Board members, the Department Heads, and our Town Bookkeeper for working together to be successful at completing the budget process. Several towns and villages pay professionals to do their budgets, but in Palmyra, we manage the process with our own employees.

As the year comes to an end, we look back at the challenges that we faced in 2012. The one that is at the top of the list was budgeting for 2013, both at the Town and County level. It was a difficult task and many municipalities had to dip into fund balance to keep increases manageable. Locally I would like to thank the Town Board members, the Department Heads, and our Town Bookkeeper for working together to be successful at completing the budget process. Several towns and villages pay professionals to do their budgets, but in Palmyra, we manage the process with our own employees.

Through the year we had several town employees attend training seminars to support their skills required to manage their responsibilities.  In some positions this training is mandated to keep their credentials current, and some go to keep on the forefront of technology. We do budget for these training events and the board request a report from the attendees. In addition to these, our Highway Superintendent attends an annual conference and highway school. We believe we get a good return on the investment.

At our last Town Board meeting we approved a request from Wayne County to place an antenna on the water tank owned by the town. The water tank is located on North Creek Road and the county would like to enhance the radio system in our area. This will assist police, fire, and emergency medical service in the south west area of Wayne County.

The town had two (emergency) purchases for IT hardware, and our firewall technology was upgraded. We also have gone to “off site” back-up of the data we manage in running the town. The existing tape back-up drive was failing, it was past its life expectancy, and it became very unreliable. We take the responsibility of protecting your information very serious. All employees understand we are the stewards of large amounts of both public and private information and data. Although nothing is 100 percent safe, we have policies in place that minimize exposure of private information we retain.

One goal for 2013 is to purchase an AED (automated external defibrillator) in the Town Hall. As we see the utilization of the building increase, for a wide variety of events and activities, I feel this “life saving” technology should be on-site.  We understand it is a small cost to pay to potentially save a life.  

I would like to thank Mayor Daly for her many years of service to the Village of Palmyra and I have appreciated working with her. I wish Vicky the best in all her future endeavors.  Also I wish the best to Mayor Piccola. His record as a Trustee in the village has shown he has the skills and experience to manage the best village in Wayne County.

This is the time of year when we share good times with family and friends. I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and a very Happy New Year to all.