From the Mayor's Desk -October 2016

As we make the transition from summer to fall, our city can look back on several major accomplishments that were completed over the past couple of months.

The replacement and upgrading of the wastewater system’s lift station number 3, located near the southeast corner of Greenleaf Lake, greatly improves overall system integrity and will result in a significant decrease in emergency call outs for our Public Works crew. Replacing the most problematic lift station in our system will not only reduce expenses, it will also increase the number of restful nights for Richard, Bryan, Gary and Steve and allow future development on the north side of town.

Richard and his team also worked with contractors on replacing a section of our city waterline where it passes under Evergreen Drive. The water line replacement was part of the larger re-paving project recently completed on Evergreen Drive from the Highway 14 intersection to the green bridge over Hamilton Creek. Replacing the water line resulted in a loss of city water to some residents for a few hours and a boil water order that affected all of us for several days until water testing was completed.

All in all, a couple of very busy months resulted in numerous improvements to our infrastructure that will allow us to continue providing water, sewage and transportation services for many years to come.

I would like to thank our Public Works crew for keeping up with their regular duties in addition to multiple major projects and being onsite at all hours of the day and night to ensure everything was completed successfully. I also want to thank our City Administrator, Steve Hasson, for his efforts in securing the grant funding that made it possible for our city to benefit from these improvements, and Joana, Caryn and Tom in City Hall for answering all the phone calls, emails and walk-ins that these kinds of life-disrupting situations generate.

Lastly, I want to thank all of you for being so patient with our employees and the crews who labored to make these improvements to our community. Your patience and understanding helped make an already stressful time easier to handle.

As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or extra cookies, please contact me here at City Hall at 427-8182 or by email.