Every year our local officials work hard to ensure that the community has a very successful year.


Genesee Country Express reached out to local leaders and asked them what the year has meant to them, and what they look forward to in 2018.



Wayland Deputy Supervisor Carol Mykel responded with the following:


“In response to your question as to what kind of a year 2017 was for the Town of Wayland I would say that it was a typical year. The Town Board dealt with the daily challenge faced by most small towns. That question is how to provide the services needed by the Town residents while keeping our tax down. It is not an easy task. Sometimes it seems that people fail to realize that taxes are the only source of revenue that the Town has,” she said. “During the past year the Town Board focused on the review and update when necessary to existing Town laws as well as putting in place new laws covering such diverse topics as livestock control, and renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Time was also spent laying the groundwork to evaluate the aging infrastructure in the Town so that a long range plan can be made before a crisis situation develops.”


“In 2018 the Town will move forward with the infrastructure review with an eye to developing a written plan to deal with the issues identified. Particular emphasis will go to the status of the Town Barn and the Town Water District. Long range planning will include searching for funding options to finance the work that needs to be done,” Mykel continued. “The goal is to have the least possible impact on residents. We continue to be hopeful that the Steuben County IDA will find a suitable tenant for the Finger Lakes Highland Development located near the 390 ramp. All reports from the IDA remain positive that a tenant will be found.”



Cohocton Mayor Tom Cox responded with the following:


“We had a very good year. We were able to meet most of our goals, and stay under the tax cap. We have also purchased a new fire truck for the village,” he said. “We have a excellent working village board. We have done great in Real Estate this year, since many homes were sold. Many of them were zombie properties that are going to be saved.”


“The problem with zombie properties is that you may have really nice homes next door, but no one wants to buy them because of the zombie homes,” Cox added. “I am glad the people that are buying these places want to fix them up.”


The highway department has gotten a new highway superintendent, since the past one retired after over three decades.


“We have to do some work on the reservoir this coming year, and we look forward to our Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival of course,” Cox said. “We will have a more solid idea for this coming year once we look over our budget in June.”




Dansville Mayor Peter Vogt’s response can be found in his column on page A4 called Mayor’s Corner.