From the Mayor's Desk - May 2013

With all the nice weather we’ve been experiencing it’s quickly become mowing season again. The good news is our city looks its best with green grass and brightly colored flowers, the not so good news is the grass grows almost supernaturally fast around here this time of year. I know from personal experience how challenging it is to keep a yard under control and want to thank all who are fighting the same battle with their own little yards. Please remember to comply with our city code which requires grass and weeds not exceed 12 inches in height.
While I’m on the subject of mowing, I’m glad to report we have hired Jason Fritz as a temporary employee to help our Public Works staff keep our park and open areas mowed
through the growing season.
Another fact of life that comes with the improving weather is the proliferation of ticks in grassy and wooded areas. I’ve picked up three ticks in the past week on the Hamilton Island and can attest to how active they have become. While not all ticks carry Lyme or other diseases it’s worth mentioning the risk of transmission of disease to humans from ticks is greatest in late spring and early summer so please be aware and check yourself and your pets regularly, particularly if you walk, hike, run or bike off the beaten path.
I’m also happy to report your City Council is back to full strength with the appointment of Craig Forster. Craig has a strong financial background and brings years of financial
experience to our Council. It’s been a while since we’ve had all five positions filled and we look forward to working together to keep moving our city in the right direction.
The last note for this month is really a request. Our volunteer fire department ranks have dwindled a bit and Chief JB Tennison is looking for a few good men and/or women to join up. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and learn new skills. Anyone interested is asked to call JB at (360) 433-1192 for more details.
As always, your input and ideas regarding our city are welcome- you can reach me at 427-8182 or via email.