1860s New York Times articles about our area

I stumbled across three New York Times articles describing the farm operations in and around what is now Broadlands.  One describes the vast amount of hedge — more than one hundred miles of it —  planted along the roads in the 1860s.  Unfortunately, not much of that precious shade remains today.  The area around Broadlands was at one time an enormous farm, owned by a single person. This article describes it as being “the largest farm in the world.”  Another article praises the (eventual) breakup of this vast estate, stating that smaller farms are of greater benefit to the community. It’s interesting to see the modern trend of the conglomeration of smaller farms into larger farming operations.

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Past Minutes, Bills, and Financial Reports online

Where available, the monthly minutes of the Village of Broadlands meetings, bill listings, and financial reports have been posted here, spanning from 1993 to the present.  Links to those pages are in the menu on the right-hand side.  All items are downloadable Adobe pdf files.

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Two much-needed changes and a new Trustee for Broadlands

Several much-needed changes will be happening around town. 

First, the Village Board has agreed to install a water-bill drop box at the Village Hall.  This way, residents need not mail in water bill payments each month (and spend 44 cents, and risk mis-delivery).

Second, the park equipment should be updated by the July 4th holiday.  The Village has scheduled concrete work to be done the second week of June.  Assuming the concrete workers are on  schedule, the park should be finished shortly.  Just as a reminder, the update consists of removal of some older swings and other equipment, and installation of new play equipment and a water fountain.

Finally, electrician Dave Parsons was selected to fill the Trustee vacancy left by Matt Buffington when he became the Acting Mayor.

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An Official Website for Broadlands? Your input requested.

At the April Village meeting, I proposed the idea of an official Village of Broadlands website.  Ideally, this would be a site residents could visit to find whatever information they need about our village. Of course, all village minutes, ordinances, and financial information would be available.  I believe residents have a right to easy access to all of this information (which was my motivation in starting this small site). I also think that if the Village plans to enforce its rules, then the Village must ensure that residents have complete availability to all the relevant information.

Your input would really be appreciated.  Are there any features or information you would like to see presented on a village website?

I have several ideas.  First, the village should look into accepting water bill payments online.  I proposed installing a slot for in-person payments at the Village Hall, but due to security concerns, that idea has not been acted upon to date.  Second, there should definitely be an online comment/complaint/suggestion form, so residents can express their opinions (anonymously, if they wish) to the village. There could also be a page or section devoted to community events or organizations.

If anyone has any suggestions, or if anyone even thinks a website would be useful (or not), please feel free to contact me or post a comment here.  Thanks for your help.

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Nominate Broadlands for a Google fiber optic internet trial

I stumbled across an announcement from Google. The company is looking for communities in which to deploy trial runs of a new, extroardinarily-fast fiber optic internet network.  Although our community’s odds of winning are a probably a longshot, it never hurts to try.  A project like this not only would provide the best internet service available, but would also be a strong attraction for businesses, and I imagine would create some jobs.  Best of all, this project does not seem to require any significant expense on the part of the Village.

So go here to nominate our community for this project! And get others to do the same. Google stops accepting nominations by March 26th.

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2010 U.S. Census Soon To Begin in Broadlands

The 2010 United States Census is now in progress.  The federal Constitution requires that the federal government conduct a census every ten years, and the United States has done so since 1790.

Soon, census workers will be coming to Broadlands and surrounding communities.  These workers will be going door-to-door, verifying addresses, and delivering the official census questionnaires.  The census representative may ask Continue reading

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Do you have reliable, affordable high-speed internet?

If you’re reading this, I bet you don’t.

If you live in Broadlands (or Allerton or Longview), your internet options are quite limited.  We just don’t have the land-based fast options, such as cable, DSL, or fiber-optic internet, available in larger communities.  Instead, our options are limited to the Continue reading

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