Retired Treasurer Honored With Park Recognition

Apryl Troutman was appointed to be the new Lakewood village treasurer Monday. She assumes her responsibilities today following the retirement of former treasurer, Andrea Windoft. P-J photo by Eric Zavinski

LAKEWOOD — After 22 years as treasurer for the village of Lakewood, Andrea Windoft retired from the position this month.

Those who worked with her wanted her legacy to be cemented in the community, inspiring the official renaming of the Village of Lakewood Dog Park to the Andrea J. Windoft Bark Park, located along East Terrace Avenue across from the Lakewood Community Park and boat launch.

As the first meeting in June was Windoft’s last in the village, Monday’s board of trustees meeting featured the introduction of the village’s new treasurer, Apryl Troutman, who officially starts her work as treasurer today.

She was welcomed with applause as the board unanimously voted to appoint Troutman to fill the position. The new designation of the Andrea J. Windoft Bark Park was similarly approved.

Windoft was instrumental in originally proposing the dog park in Lakewood, and she assisted in the design of the open space as well. Dog owners can spend time with their pets in a gated, grassy area that features a lot of canine activity, especially in the summer months.

In other news, village trustee Ellen Barnes reacted to the flooding last week and expressed her desire to focus more on stormwater management higher up in the watershed in future attempts to reduce flooding. She cited the Lowe Park rain garden project, a proposal that failed in getting enough votes earlier this year, as something that should still not be reconsidered.

“I request that any plans (for Lowe Park) be stopped,” Barnes said. “(I request) the lake agencies relook at what’s going on here and take another study to see what can be done up higher in the watershed to help these problems in the future.”

A public hearing was also set for July 22 at 6:40 p.m. to discuss the proposed local laws for establishing extended moratoria on the permitting and construction of solar panel and wind turbine farms in the village.

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