Orchard Park

Building on the success of the past was the theme for the inaugural State of Orchard Park address by town and village officials last Wednesday.

The board room in the municipal building was filled to capacity for the combined address.

“We are a unique community that continues to grow, prides itself on its commitment to education and public safety, and is devoted to protecting its charm, its diverse environments and its tax dollars,” said Supervisor Patrick Keem.

The town plans to implement annual performance evaluations for all department heads, Keem said. Councilmen Eugene Majchrzak and Michael Sherry said the town also plans to initiate the accreditation process for the Police Department, and develop strategic plans at the department and committee levels.

In the village, Mayor John Wilson has asked his fellow board members to endorse the creation of a comprehensive plan to guide future development.

He said the village continues to grapple with the tax cap and proposed property tax freeze, as well as unfunded mandates, health care, inflation, employee raises and the economy.

The new storm water collection and storage cistern at the Public Works facility on West Highland Avenue will be operational this spring. It will be used for watering hanging baskets and plantings, washing trucks and for other utility work throughout the summer, Wilson said.

He said the Village Board also wants to revisit properties split by the town-village boundary and examine the re-use of buildings in the business district. Enhancing walkability in the village also is a goal.

Also this week:

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a regular meeting at 7, in the Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• A meeting of the village Zoning Board of Appeals begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal center.