Wow! The last full week of January 2023 is almost behind us. Time certainly does
fly by. For the last 10 days during the University Games, I have tried to be all over
the area as your Town Supervisor spreading the “Wilmington Word”. From skiing
events at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center to daily activities in Lake Placid, it
certainly seemed like a whirlwind of activities.
Some of those activities included attending a reception that Governor Hochul
held. During my visit with the Governor, I was able to playfully remind her on the
home of Whiteface Mountain and Santa’s Workshop. Of course a quick
conversation turned to the possible closure of the Lake Placid Emergency Room
operated by Adirondack Medical Center. To her credit, I received a call from the
Governor’s office a couple days later on the Emergency Room issue and time will
tell if any solutions will be found.
I was happy to see that VERIZON had portable towers in our area for the games.
Of course, this underscores the fact that we have a real issue with cell coverage in
our region. We need reliable cell coverage not only for events and visitors, but for
the very people that live and work here. In the end, one would think that cell
companies would be treated as a public utilities and regulated by the Public
Service Commission. This very issue was discussed at a recent Essex County Board
of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meeting. It is imperative that we lobby
state representatives to start making all utilities more accountable.
In other issues, as a town government we continue to tackle projects that have
been in the works for quite some time. One such project is the Wilmington
Homestead Housing property. We are hopefully close to wrapping up the final
details soon. I will announce to the public as soon as the land purchase is
finalized. I will readily admit projects like this seem to be one step forward, two
steps back. Such is the process when utilizing grants funds and the legal process.
Our Town Clerk/Tax Collector Dawn Stevens wanted to remind residents that she
is working extended office hours at the Community Center at least until mid-
February to accommodate the payment of property taxes. Daily Office Hours are
10 am to 4 pm
This Saturday January 28 th , The Wilmington Library will be sponsoring a Winter
Craft & Story Time at the Youth Center Building. Fun starts at 11 am. Snow Flake
and Salt Art is the activity.
The New York State Board of Elections have released a draft political calendar for
the 2023 Election Cycle. Although subject to change, it appears that the first day
to circulate petitions will start on February 28 th .
As stated before, I am free to speak to anyone that has an interest in running for
Town Supervisor. Other positions on the ballot this fall include Town Council and
Assessors locally.
Well friends, that’s all for this week. See you around town. – Roy Holzer