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The Dansville Online
  • Wayland group on the WAR path

  • It may seem like the organization has been fairly quiet lately, but Wayland Area Revitalization, better known as WAR, has had a busy year and is looking forward to an active 2012.

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  • It may seem like the organization has been fairly quiet lately, but Wayland Area Revitalization, better known as WAR, has had a busy year and is looking forward to an active 2012.
    WAR was established as a not-for-profit local development corporation in 2005 to encourage economic growth in the greater Wayland area.
    Roughly a dozen people, both members and non-members, came to its annual meeting Feb. 21 in the conference room of Wayland Five Star Bank.
    WAR president Marian Crawford listed about 30 distinct accomplishments from the group in 2011, which include having reached out to and communicated with area business and developement organizations in Steuben and Livingston counties; contacted state and congressional representatives; plus explored Main Street revival through meetings with Greg O’Connell and Louise Wadsworth, and researched several grant opportunities for the area.
    Among its major accomplishments this past year, WAR raised $4,000 for building demolition and revitalization at the intersection of Main and North Lackawanna streets; was charged with the task of updating the 1970 Comprehensive Master Plan for the village; and have contributed finances toward sewer line renovations for The Little House.
    “So we have done some things, and we have been somewhat succesful,” Crawford said.
    For the coming year, WAR discussed working further on the comprehensive master plan for the village; develop plans with the Wayland village board to finish the beautification project at the Main and North Lackawanna point; pursue potential development off Exit 3, among others.
    One of the other goals WAR would like to see is an increase in its membership, which is open to anyone, not just businesses. It was discussed that there has been a perception that WAR is a select organization of business owners and its meetings are just for board members.
    John Kerr of Springwater suggested WAR needs to, “encourage people to come and participate rather than giving this aura of being an exclusive group. We’re here to try to advance the mission and goals of this community and it’s got a lot of potential if we could organize ourselves a little more effectively and get things done.”
    WAR’s monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the small conference room of Wayland Five Star Bank. The public is invited to attend.

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