Landis preparing State of the Village address

OBSERVER Photo by Jimmy McCarthy Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis told trustees during a Monday workshop that she’ll be putting forth a proposal for the village to return to the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation. The village is currently a member not in good standing.

When it comes to economic prosperity in Fredonia, Mayor Athanasia Landis wants the vision to come from everybody.

Later this month, Landis will deliver her State of the Village address. With a new year, the mayor said she’s hoping to commence several projects, including water and wastewater upgrades that recently received state funding. In addition, she said she wants to continue discussions on a new police station, address the drug epidemic and see the village’s Main Street Grant approved so individual business owners can start applying for funds.

The mayor will also be forming committees to examine various aspects of the village such as updating rental and alcohol code. One in particular she’s convening is a downtown economic development committee, which will be comprised of village officials and business owners. She said the goal is to develop and promote projects that go to enhance the economic vitality of downtown.

“The more people we get involved, the better for the prospects we have for economic prosperity and development,” Landis told the OBSERVER. “The reason I’m making committees is because these trustees cannot themselves do everything. I want the people of Fredonia to take ownership of the village and be part of decisions.”

The mayor is also looking to propose to trustees a return to the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation. The village is currently a member not in good standing. Landis told trustees during a Monday workshop the village should belong there.

While the cost will be around $2,000, Landis said it’s worth the investment that she’ll pass on to trustees to approve.

“If we talk about regionalism, and my vision is for the whole region and this area, we need to be part of that,” she said. “If we cannot find the money, I’m willing to take it out of my budget line because I think it’s important. We have to work on many different levels and with many different people to do something.”

Landis also told trustees during the workshop that the board should come up with a mission statement for the governing body as well as a vision on how the community should look, operate and exist 10 years down the road. Landis told trustees if they don’t have a common vision, it could lead to issues.

“I think it’s safe to assume that all of us want the same thing at the end. We want to bring economic prosperity and have the people here as well as the area,” she said.

Trustee Michael C. Barris said a village comprehensive plan was completed and passed in 2011.

“I don’t see the need for another revision, but rather a review of those minutes would provide answers in what you’re looking for,” he said.

Trustee Doug Essek said everything Landis is asking out of the board has been asked by the village of what residents want trustees to do.

“The answers are all right there,” he said. “We may need to update census figures and so on, but all the information you’re asking us to come up with again is redundant.”

Landis responded by stating that many things have happened from the time the document was released, including the departure of businesses.

“I’m just saying between then and now, things changed,” she said.