This past week we held our first Economic Development Committee meeting at the Town of Jay.  After introductions of the 12 attendees, we discussed our mission and goals.  In this first year, we want to update our Comprehensive Plan (last updated in 1997), work on Main Street revitalization, create a visitor center/chamber of commerce, discuss short term rental regulation and work on obtainable housing.  The topics that followed next were about the local economy, potential opportunities, available resources, and the marketing and branding of the Town of Jay.  We know some of the biggest issues, but we need to know why and how they have become the biggest issues before we can correct them.  We are still looking for a few key members to join this group, and possibly a few task forces that will come out of this committee.  However, at the end of this meeting, I was so excited for the future of the Town of Jay.

On Saturday evening I attended the annual Au Sable Forks Fire Department’s Fireman’s Banquet in Altona.  It was a pleasure being invited to this event and being given the opportunity to thank our volunteers for their service.  It takes incredible dedication to train and respond to calls, which usually take place at the most inopportune times.  Our volunteer services need to be supported before they go away.  Congratulations to all of the award winners for their hard work helping keep us safe.  If you want to become a volunteer firefighter or auxiliary member, please reach out to a fire department near you!

We are still cleaning up our parks around the Town of Jay.  Our next spring cleanup is scheduled for May 20th from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Douglas Memorial Park in Jay.  Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend and participate.  For more information, call 518-647-2204.

Lastly, it is that time of the month, meeting week!  On Wednesday, the Town of Jay Planning Board will be holding its monthly meeting at 6:00pm.  On Thursday, the Town Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00pm.  As usual, both meetings will be available via GoToMeeting.  You can find these links on our website, the same links are reused every month.  If you are unable to attend, the video of the meeting will be available within a few days on the website as well.

Have a great week,