Mayor’s Note: Please Support Local Businesses

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I was visited today by one of our local merchants who was very concerned about the future of his establishment.  It was with some remorse that I had to tell him that some of his ideas to increase traffic flow within his business would not be in compliance with the Village code.

We do not allow for temporary signage or attention grabbing blow-ups that dance around in the wind. We don’t allow for goods, wares or merchandise to be displayed outside of the building.  This is all in an attempt to keep our Village aesthetics from being diminished.  We are very concerned with commercial architecture, signage and anything that might present a stigma within our community.

To sum it up, we hold retailers and all commercial endeavors to a higher standard than most of the surrounding municipalities.  While this may appear at times to be a hardship to a particular business owner, we remind them that this is the very reason they chose Lake Grove for their business.  A more upscale environment and neater look is appealing to the average consumer.

Several years ago I addressed this very same issue. While we do hold commercial properties to a higher standard, we should be cognizant of the fact that we should be supporting local businesses to keep them solvent.  Whether it is purchasing gas, breakfast on the way to work, getting a haircut, or shopping for groceries, patronizing local businesses benefits everyone. We all want the convenience of having these establishments there when we need them.  Let’s continue to support them for the good of all.  Empty buildings and storefronts have a very negative effect on property values.

Thanks, as always, for your support in everything we do to keep our Village on the rise. Lake Grove has a great reputation as a desirable place to live and raise a family.

Respectfully Yours,

Robert Scottaline, Mayor

Mayor’s Note: Celebrate 2017, Embrace 2018

Dear Neighbors,

I hope all are enjoying a Happy New Year.   2017 was another successful year for Lake Grove.  Staying under the Tax Cap and remaining fiscally sound, we still were able to provide a high level of services and maintain our standard of living. This has been accomplished by creating and maintaining budgets with a keen eye on eliminating any possible waste and tightening our belts.

Every department is required each year to create departmental budgets based on needs and prior year’s expenditures.  These are then reviewed by our budget committee and further massaged and trimmed for the most prudent use of taxpayer dollars. This team has many, many years of experience.

Trustee Felix Wienclaw, Trustee Richard Kick, Village Clerk Carmela Constant, Receiver of Taxes James Loeffler and myself aided by our very dedicated Account Clerk staff spend countless hours to come up with a budget we can be proud of.  A budget that not only keeps us under the Tax Cap, but also allows us to continue to be a Village that is the envy of many other communities.

While remaining under the Tax Cap each year, we have still been able to accomplish many things. Deputy Mayor Rick Cohen and I have worked together to replace most of our older trucks and equipment in our Department of Public Works.  The benefits were obvious during the last snow storm.  Providing the finest quality tools to experienced employees resulted in an outstanding clean-up and a high level of public safety. The practice of selling off our older equipment while it still has value and upgrading has been quite successful.

Along with the positive accomplishments above, there are still matters to be addressed that need our undivided attention and efforts.

Illegal rentals and so-called Zombie homes continue to be very frustrating to deal with. This challenge is not unique to Lake Grove. Exchanging legal knowledge with other villages and towns is helpful. We have also recently acquired the services of a prominent municipal attorney who has already afforded us very positive results. This individual does not back down from a challenge and does not accept the premise that we can’t move forward with eliminating these blights within our community. We will win this battle.

Going forward our goals for 2018 are all very achievable. With this being the year we celebrate our fifty year anniversary as an Incorporated Village, we are working together for continued success. We will not rest on our laurels. That is why developers continue to build and sell very high-end homes in our very desirable Village, raising the value of all of our homes.

We, as a team, shall continue to remain within the requirements of the Tax Cap, keep our highway department working like a well maintained machine, and work tirelessly to assure that no homeowner shall have to live with the frustration of homes in our neighborhoods that take away from what we work so hard to maintain.

Respectfully yours,

Robert Scottaline, Mayor

Mayor’s Note: Recycle Responsibly

Dear Neighbors,

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a group of Webelo Scouts. The topic of the discussion which they came to see me about was single stream recycling.  The timing of the discussion couldn’t have been better. Whether I am driving, walking or jogging though our beautiful Village it is always troubling to see how many people either don’t understand or don’t choose to take the time to recycle properly. The reason the scout leader chose this topic, is she actually has observed the very same thing.

Our meeting was very interesting and a lot of fun. These young scouts are eager to learn and to help educate others on the importance and the ease of single stream recycling. We discussed the savings and the environmental advantages of proper waste disposal.

They learned that when we recycle properly the savings is twofold. Not only do we save on the cost of disposing of the trash if it were to go to the landfill, we actually get paid for it when recycling.  While this peaked their interest a bit, they were also very interested in the environmental benefits of limiting the amount of tonnage going into the landfill.

I hope collectively we can demonstrate to our young people a high level of responsibility when it comes to our finances and respect for the environment. Please join me in doing everything that we can to recycle responsibly. It pays dividends and is the right thing to do.

Robert J. Scottaline