State of the Village 2013: Mayor touts past village achievements
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Better communication with its employees, as well as with the school district, is a priority for the village this year, Murray said. “In order to bolster morale in village departments, we renewed training programs and reinstituted the Employee Recognition Luncheon,” he explained, “which has opened dialogue between the board and employees.”
He added that the expansion of the parking lot at Fireman’s Field by 52 spots marked a period of greater cooperation among the school district, the village and the Fire Department. “We are now sharing each other’s resources in an effort to save energy, time and money and serve our community better,” Murray said. “We will be resurfacing the Fire Department’s training track in the spring. I also committed to beautifying the west end of the park with new landscaping.”
The Parks Department, under the umbrella of the Public Works Department, has renovated many of the village’s athletic fields, Murray said. Barasch Field was resodded, as were the infield and parts of the outfield of Hickey Field, while Tighe Field received new topsoil and sod. Work is also planned on Lister, Bligh and Kettler fields.
Murray credited much of the success of the village to grant writer Kathleen Murray, who was hired at the beginning of his term, as well as an outside grant writer. According to the mayor, the village has received more than $3 million in grants in the past 18 months.
Murray also thanked employees for their hard work in restoring the village to normalcy after Hurricane Sandy.
“I am so proud of the work we have done in our first year and a half,” Murray concluded. “We have been extremely busy, we have been energetic and creative and will continue to be. Our village is working together, and so many of our residents, including our children, are volunteering to keep Rockville Centre a wonderful place to live, and I applaud you all for that effort.”