Cassadaga officials discuss summer plans

CASSADAGA – Members of the Cassadaga Village Board discussed summer plans at their most recent meeting.

This year the beach program will run from June 29 through Aug. 23. Deputy Mayor Valerie Culverwell planned to have beach staff hired soon. Tree limbs have already been taken down in the area to make the beach safer. A new floating dock has been purchased, and Culverwell was getting a quote on a kick board that attach to the dock. This is used for swimming lessons.

The band “Kokomo” is scheduled to play on June 30 beginning at 2 p.m. She thought families could come out and spend a couple of hours listening to the band. Free popcorn will be provided.

The board discussed plans for beautifying Ames Common. One item was the flagpole. The board will be checking to see whether it might be less expensive to purchase a new flagpole than to repaint the old one.

Culverwell, presiding at the meeting in the absence of Mayor LeeAnn Lazarony, also talked about cleaning and painting the village’s building and property. She mentioned painting at the Department of Public Works’ building, and work at the field and pavilion.

“I am uncomfortable asking our residents to clean up their property when ours could use a little bit of sprucing up,” she said.

Even though summer is just beginning, the Cassadaga Village Board is already planning for its end.

This year, the board wanted to reinstate the Labor Day parade in the village. A committee has been working on the plans. County Legislator John Runkle has agreed to act as Grand Marshal for the parade scheduled for Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. The next day, the boat parade and yearly events sponsored by the Cassadaga Lakes Association will take place.

Runkle attended this meeting of the board. During the meeting, village historian John Sipos told the board and public plans for the day were going “pretty well.” He said the next committee meeting was June 26 at 7 p.m. and hoped that Runkle would attend. Because of his duties as a legislator, Runkle has not been able to attend the previous meetings, and Sipos joked that Runkle, as marshal, needs to come. After checking his calendar, Runkle said he has a legislative commitment that day. Some good natured bantering went on among Sipos, Runkle, and board members.

Runkle did promise he would attend the parade even if he couldn’t get to the committee meetings.

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