Resolution J208-2013

Honoring Ronald G. Podolak upon the occasion of his retirement after 40 years of distinguished service to the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District

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  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 24, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Ronald G. Podolak upon the occasion of
his retirement after 40 years of distinguished  service  to  the  Cayuga
County Soil and Water Conservation District

WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body seeks to acknowledge those individuals
whose professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the  stat-
ure of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Ronald  G. Podolak upon the occasion of his retirement after 40 years of
distinguished service to the Cayuga County Soil and  Water  Conservation
District,  to  be  celebrated  on  Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Sunset
Restaurant in Auburn, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Ronald G. Podolak began his career at the Cayuga County  Soil
and  Water Conservation District as an equipment operator/laborer in his
late teens; and
  WHEREAS, For the past 40 years, Ronald G. Podolak  rendered  faithful,
conscientious  and  valuable service to the Cayuga County Soil and Water
Conservation District; and
  WHEREAS, Blending his love for the land with a deep sense  of  practi-
cality,  Ronald G. Podolak played an important role in helping to devel-
op, and eventually lead,  what  has  become  the  foremost  Conservation
District in New York State and a nationally-honored steward of the envi-
ronment; and
  WHEREAS,  In  his  capacity  as  Executive Director, Ronald G. Podolak
served with loyalty, honor and distinction; and
  WHEREAS, In his official acts, Ronald G. Podolak  was  governed  by  a
keen  sense  of duty and always showed a unique grasp of human problems;
and
  WHEREAS, As Executive Director of the Cayuga  County  Soil  and  Water
Conservation  District,  Ronald  G. Podolak presided over and expanded a
wide-ranging array of conservation services to help safeguard local soil
and water resources for the residents and businesses of  Cayuga  County,
such  as:  lending  technical  support  for  streambank erosion control;
animal waste storage and watering projects; harvesting weeds  from  area
lakes  to improve water quality; sponsoring educational programs such as
the Envirothon for students; holding erosion and  sedimentation  control
workshops for contractors and municipal workers; and staging County-wide
recycling events; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to these and many other services, Ronald G. Podo-
lak  and his staff worked tirelessly to develop a cutting-edge community
digester that will use first-of-its-kind technology in North America  to
convert  manure and food wastes into electricity and heat for the County
campus located on County House Road, plus fertilizer and animal  bedding
for local farmers; and
  WHEREAS, The District's achievements during Ronald G. Podolak's Execu-
tive  Directorship  have not gone unrecognized among its peers; twice in
the past five years, the District has received the highest  award  given
to conservation districts in New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Moreover, Ronald G. Podolak has received some of the highest
accolades in his profession, including the 2012 Commendation Award  from
the  New  York  Association  of Conservation Districts, the 1996 Distin-
guished Service Award from the  New  York  State  Conservation  District
Employees  Association,  followed  by  the  2003  Northeast Conservation
District Employees Choice Award; and
  WHEREAS, A valued and involved member  of  his  community,  Ronald  G.
Podolak  is  a  3rd degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus, member of

Falcon Sportsmen's Club, Chair of the Town  of  Owasco  Planning  Board,
member of Ann Marie Buerkel's Ag Advisory Committee, and Director of the
Cayuga County Farm Bureau Board of Directors; and
  WHEREAS,  With  him  throughout  have been his wife, Sara Podolak, and
their two children, Jeffrey (Julie) Podolak and Laura  Podolak,  all  of
whom  feel  privileged  to  be  a  part  of  his life and rejoice in his
achievements; and
  WHEREAS, During his tenure with  the  Cayuga  County  Soil  and  Water
Conservation  District,  Ronald  G. Podolak truly earned the admiration,
esteem and affection of his colleagues; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance the quality of life in their community and have shown a long and
sustained  commitment  to  the  maintenance  of  high standards in their
profession, certainly have earned the recognition and  applause  of  all
the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Ronald G. Podolak upon the occasion of  his  retirement  after  40
years  of  distinguished  service  to  the  Cayuga County Soil and Water
Conservation District; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Ronald G. Podolak.

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