Wastewater may not be the most glamorous topic, but the service provided by our wastewater department is critical to the function of our Village. In addition to the “downtown” business district, our department receives raw material from Northern Dutchess Hospital, Wells Manor, The Woods, The Gardens and The Astor Home. In the past few years, we have made significant investments in the equipment required to operate the plant and had an assessment completed by an independent firm to ensure we were operating the plant effectively and efficiently. We are now working on a study to produce a five year plan which will include replacement/upgrades to some of the plant’s original components. This will allow our capacity to meet future increases in demand. We have completed a number of projects in the past year that include building covers for two noise producing motors to baffle the sound and tree trimming along the fence line to improve security and prevent an excessive amount of leaves from falling into the processing tanks. The Village’s largest project in 2016 was the headworks project here at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is the point at which an estimated 3.7 million gallons of raw material enters the plant each month. The construction of this building over a previously open pit has improved the safety for our employees, prevents issues caused by freezing, and incorporates odor reducing technology for the benefit of our neighbors. I realize the importance of the infrastructure that serves our Village and am committed to seeing our wastewater department through its next major upgrade.