Resolution J2988-2013

Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Sweden

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  • Jan 28, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 28, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 23, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town
of Sweden

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and  commem-
orate  the distinguished histories of the communities which comprise the
noble body of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Sweden, New York, located  in
Monroe County; and
  WHEREAS,  On the evening of April 5, 1814, the Town of Sweden was born
at a town meeting held at the home of Reuben Stickney on the  corner  of
Lake and Swamp Roads; this meeting was held in accordance with the April
1813  State Legislature enacted bill that required the large township of
Genesee County to be split into three new towns named Bergen, Sweden and
Murray; and
  WHEREAS, The development of the Erie Canal created a stopping point as
the canal ended in Sweden in 1823; farming  began  to  flourish  in  the
area,  canal  access allowed easy shipping of commodities as well as the
receiving of supplies, and in 1829 the Village of Brockport was founded;
and
  WHEREAS, In 1832 the Baptist Collegiate Institute was founded,  bring-
ing  higher  education into the Town; the institute would later be known
as the Brockport Normal School; in this same year, the first fire compa-
ny was founded; and
  WHEREAS, A water  system  which  drew  water  from  Lake  Ontario  was
constructed in 1912 and is still in operation today; and
  WHEREAS,  Between  1938 and 1946, the Brockport Normal School expanded
under the leadership of Mr. Hartwell, and in the mid 1960's,  it  became
part  of  the  State  University  of New York (SUNY) system; during this
time, Sweden Village, the first housing  development,  was  constructed;
and
  WHEREAS,  The  1980's  brought  more  growth  and  expansion  with the
construction  of  the  Sweden  Senior  Center,  several  new   apartment
complexes  and  shopping  plazas;  Sweden  became  a suburban community,
college town, and agricultural power with eleven  active  churches,  two
libraries,  five volunteer fire companies, a share of Northampton County
Park, and three museums; and
  WHEREAS, During the early 2000's, the Town  took  bold  new  steps  to
improve recreational programs and facilities for its residents; over the
next  decade,  six soccer/lacrosse/football fields, a full-size baseball
field, skate park, golf  course,  nature  trails,  and  sand  volleyball
courts  were  installed, as well as the infrastructure to support public
programming; and
  WHEREAS, As the Town of Sweden moves forward into its  third  century,
it remains committed to agriculture, education, recreation and community
service, the elements that have made it successful for 200 years; and
  WHEREAS, Remaining fruitful over the ebb and flow of decades of growth
and change, the Town of Sweden continues its commitment to enhancing the
quality  of life of its citizens, ensuring a positive business, institu-
tional and educational climate, and providing  all  essential  services;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Sweden, recognizing the
significance of the role it continues to play in the life of the  commu-
nity of the State of New York; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town of Sweden.

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