Progress was noted at the recent Kennedy Pride meeting. Plans for the future were also discussed.
The new "Welcome to Kennedy" signs have been installed. Group members expressed their thanks to the town workers for the installations. Co-President Linda Bish noted that there have been many comments on how nice they look. It was also stated that they show up well at night with the new coloring. The sign for the gazebo, denoting the name "Hallquist Park," has been received. Larry Mee said it would be installed as soon as possible. Co-President Shirley Leyman brought up planning for the Christmas party. It has been confirmed for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4-6 p.m. at the Kennedy Fire Hall. Signup sheets will be passed around for supplies and food at the next meeting. The Town of Poland Recreation Committee will once again sell ornaments in memory of, or in honor of, loved ones as a fundraiser for playground equipment for Hallquist Park. Kennedy Pride will again assist them. Cost is $5 per ornament. Signup sheets are in the Kennedy Free Library and the town clerk's office. Names of those being honored will be read at the Christmas party.
The group decided not to hold a lighting contest this year. If there is a lot of public comment, it could be brought back next year.
Steve Stanton said he had received a request from the town clerk to have the contractor for the pavilion to be built in Hallquist Park to submit his insurance information to the town. It is still hoped that the pavilion can be completed this year.
A resident is donating Christmas ornaments to Kennedy Pride to be used in the community. They will be delivered to Mee at the Highway Department building for storage until they can be used this season. The possibility of a tree decorating gathering was considered.
Bish said she had not been able to get hold of the carpenter about the picnic tables for the pavilion. She has a couple others in mind to ask. Group members thought it would be nice to have them made during the winter so they would be ready for next year. Group members thanked Leyman for trimming the weeping cherry tree. Possible methods to prevent the sumacs from coming up through the blacktop along the walking path were discussed. Leyman told the group that the memorial stone under the weeping cherry needed some work.
Stanton wondered about the sign for Riverside Cemetery. The current sign was designed by the same maker as the old "Welcome to Kennedy" signs, and is showing signs of wear. He asked the group if they thought it should be replaced by another sign from Chautauqua Sign Company that would match the new welcome signs. Since it is a town-owned cemetery, it is their responsibility. Cindy Parsons said she would bring the matter to the Poland Town Board. Mee said the tree behind the sign in the cemetery should come down before a new sign is installed. The tree is in terrible shape and should be removed. He has talked to the state and National Grid, but they have not wanted to tackle the problem. Mee felt the tree could fall and cause a serious road hazard and property damage. He said he would relay that information to the town board. The annual spring cleanup day was brought up. Mee noted that the cost for disposal would be the same no matter what day it was held. Since holding it in April around Earth Day can mean poor weather conditions, the group will consider scheduling it later in the spring. This will be on the agenda for later meetings, when dates are decided for upcoming events.
The next regular meeting of Kennedy Pride will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Free Library. Everyone is welcome to come, and to offer any ideas for community projects.