Lakewood Targets Dec. 7 For World War II Honor Roll Board
LAKEWOOD – An honor roll board for Lakewood World War II veterans that could be placed in Recognition Park was discussed during Tuesday’s village board meeting.
Anthony Barone, Lakewood village historian, proposed the board be put up and dedicated on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day. The board’s main concern was where the monument would be placed and how it would affect the visual aesthetics of the area around it.
“I think people are going to want the placement exactly on the site,” Trustee David DiSalvo said. “I don’t think we want to put it up there until we consider what the visual impacts are going to be.”
Barone was advised to put stakes in the ground before the ground freezes over to give the planning board a visual cue.
In other news, village officials have been discussing a possible letter of acceptance for police officers, Mayor David Wordelmann told Police Chief John Bentley. The acceptance letter would inform officers of their rate of pay, as well as encourage them to bring forward any problems before they are hired. Timothy Riley would be hired as a full-time officer for the Lakewood-Busti Police Department contingent on his signing the acceptance letter.
The village board also approved Local Law 5-2013, which moved general village elections from March to November beginning in 2015; a resolution to become a participating municipality in the 2013 Water Quality Improvement Project; adding Nicholas Theis and Brent Johnson to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department; and for Bentley to send Officer Noel Gutman to Virginia for range training.
The dog park project, led by Treasurer Andrea Windoft, is close to opening. All that is left is for Board of Public Works employees to put up posts and signs after they are done with their current project.
The United States Coast Guard will be having a mass casualty drill in Lakewood on Feb. 22, 2014. It will be held at the Chautauqua Yacht Club and will be a simulation of an airplane crashing into the lake with 52 casualties. Wordelmann anticipated this will bring several hundred fireman, an unknown number of Coast Guard personnel, state police, sheriff’s personnel, dive teams and at least 15 ambulances into the village.
A streetlight was denied by the state at the corner of Shadyside Drive and Fairmount Avenue. The state said the traffic does not come anywhere near for the requirement for the light.
Thomas Pilling, Department of Public Works supervisor, said the baseball field at LaGrega Field would be hopefully built by next summer. The third round of leaf collection has started, and will hopefully be done in a few days.
A moment of silence for veterans was observed during the meeting. The next meeting will be on Nov. 25 at 20 W. Summit St. in Lakewood.