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Mayor's Corner 05/05/2016

Dear Friends: 
Oh Garbage!  We are in the middle of our “clean up the city” campaign for this year.  Large dumpsters have been made available around the city.  They’re located at the Rotary Park, the Swimming Pool, the City Park, and at the East end of Center Street.  They will be there until May 13th.  It’s a perfect time to re-check just how we are doing as neighbors.
 
Do we make an effort to get things cleaned up?  Are there things that need to be fixed, improved, or simply torn down and replaced?  Normally I don’t let my wife read this column before it’s published, but this time she saw it and commented that I’m old and broken down and she hasn’t even thought of trading me in or having me hauled off --- at least for now! Read more ...

Mayor's Corner 04/28/16

Dear Friends: 

I just finished a book by Val Hale entitled Living a Life That Matters: 7 Keys for Purposeful Living.  It was so good that I actually read it in one evening!
 
Some of the key ideas presented in the book really struck a chord with me.  These ideas include the following:  Be a doer, not a spectator.  Cultivate meaningful relationships.  Make a difference in others’ lives.  Get active and remain active (I kind of skimmed over that one).  Love your work.  Be a lifelong learner.  Seek spiritual balance.
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Mayor's Corner 04/21/16

Dear Friends: 
We’ve started our budget preparations for the city’s fiscal year, which begins July 1st.  Budgets are always tough.  There never seems to be enough on the revenue side to cover what we need on the expense side.
 
To keep up with the cost of doing business, we need growth.  In a fantasy world, we’d snap our fingers and several small manufacturing companies would move into the area.  They would provide jobs and, in turn, put more money into the economy to help other businesses succeed and our communities provide needed services. Read more ...

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