I am very pleased to see that Chairman Ryan McMahon has given me the opportunity to serve on three critical committees for the Onondaga County Legislature for the next two years. The specific committees are Environmental Protection, Planning and Economic Development, and Public Health (Vice Chair). Although there have been initial meetings of these committees I wanted to point out and highlight some of the various positive attributes involving the Environmental Protection Committee. There have been many successes in the last few years and we will continue to make many strides in the future to make Onondaga County as environmental friendly as possible.
At the first committee meeting, Commissioner Rhodes, provided a comprehensive report on the many successes that the County experienced last year and on future possibilities. Some of these successes can been seen by the County initiative to ‘Save the Rain’; New York State recognized this program as an Environmental Excellence Winner and it was also recognized on the Federal level with the Water Alliance Prize in 2013.
The county also developed a cooperative approach with local municipalities, such as the Town of Cicero, to reducing inflow and infiltration of unnecessary water in our sewer system. Last year the Town of Cicero and the County entered into an inter-municipal agreement to develop a long term capital plan to deal with an aging sewer system and to reduce unnecessary inflow in our sewer system. By sharing information and collaborating, real solutions can be developed so that infrastructure issues can be dealt with in an effective manner.
We must be proactive in addressing our aging infrastructure, such as our sewer system, to forestall major issues that affect our daily quality of life. I assure you that I will always be a strong proponent in resolving such issues and will continue to keep you apprised of progress. The above is a major forward step to help ensure that our children and their families continue to enjoy a quality life environment. On this and any other issues, you may always contact me. Your ideas, questions and suggestions are always welcome.