“Welcome to the Village” statement by former Mayor James Beal (term of office 2012-2015)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: Greetings from Mayor James Beal

Whether you are a long-standing resident of the Village, a brand new resident or a prospective resident, welcome to our Village and to its website.  It is my hope that your reading of this message will help our Village representatives better communicate with you.  Please take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the contents of our website and contact our Village Clerk, any Councilperson or the Mayor if you have questions.

I thought I would recall for you my reasons for calling Sugar Bush Knolls my home.  If you are a seasoned resident, you will probably share in many of my sentiments.  If you are considering a new place to call home, I hope you will find my reasons compelling.

I lived in a neighboring community for fifty years.  When I had the opportunity to look for a new home, I had some very specific criteria in mind:  a larger home to provide more room for my family, a larger lot, being closer to nature and, hopefully, access to a lake.  I discovered that all these features were here in Sugar Bush Knolls.   I found a four bedroom home on approximately one acre with abundant greenery, wildlife and access to several lakes.  Most homes in the Village are larger with ample square footage.  Most of the lots in the Village are plated at approximately one acre.  This gave me the elbow room I was looking for after visiting an endless list of one-third to one-half acre properties in neighboring communities.  Much of Sugar Bush Knolls was, at one time a tree farm for the Davey Company.  As a result, we have lots of mature greenery and many specimen trees.  Since the Village is bordered on three sides by rural land, wildlife abounds.  Deer, fox, turkey, coyote, hawks and owls are common sights for us.  The Village also owns two lakes, Lake Martin and Lake Roger, that are accessible to residents for fishing or recreational non-power boating from community docks.  Some of the properties are also eligible for membership in the Twin Lakes Association which can provide access to both East Twin and West Twin Lakes.

Very simply, our Village provided exactly what I was looking for.  This is the reason I chose Sugar Bush Knolls as my place to call home.