Four months have elapsed since the spring edition of the Sloan Connection was published. We have completed the storm sewer replacement, curb installation, milling and paving of Celina and Mann Streets. Wrazen Parkway has been milled and paved, and Griffith will be completed after a minor sanitary repair near Broadway. Our multi-year repair/replacement of sanitary project has been delayed all summer, pending Public Works and Concrete contract approvals by the Environmental Facility Corporation (EFC). The EFC is the funding agency for our WQIP and WIIA grants, and the contracts ratified by the Village Board five months ago have been pending EFC approval since. However, televising and over 11,000 feet of slip lining has been completed where possible. Slip lining or CIPP can be undertaken only where pipes are not out of alignment or completely disintegrated, which would necessitate a spot repair/or reconstruction. With the impact of COVID on material costs, shortage of products and labor, what was originally estimated to be a three year project will likely extend an additional few years. We ask our residents for their patience and understanding while the Village is forced to contend with these delays that are beyond our control.The Village has been contacted by the School District, requesting the lowering of the speed limit around Woodrow Wilson from 30mph to 20mph for the safety of students. We have received numerous complaints of speeding and reckless driving in the area, and should be approving a resolution at our October 11th meeting. Please be aware of this impending change in speed limit on both Reiman and Halstead in the close vicinity of the school. We will request the Cheektowaga Police to increase enforcement in the area, especially during student drop off and pickup times.In September, the Village facilitated the demolition of 2123 Broadway Street, a vacant structure that had fallen into severe disrepair and was in imminent danger of collapse. It was condemned by our Code Enforcement Officer, who subsequently ordered its removal. During demolition, the contractor discovered possible ground contamination and the presence of two underground holding tanks. We immediately contacted the DEC, who have opened a formal investigation. As Mayor and life-long Villager, it is my commitment to our citizens that we pursue any action needed on vacant properties to ensure residents safety, protect our neighborhoods and preserve our quality of life.