The weather has turned nice and suddenly, we are in Spring! I think it’s great as my kids were getting a bit stir crazy from the long winter. That also means that everyone is playing catch up, so there is a lot of activity going on in the City.
First, and most tragic, my condolences go out to Council Member Kevin Wilke’s family. Kevin was a very special member of the City Council and a very special member of the community. He will be missed and has big shoes to fill on City Council.
I was up at the Minnesota City/County Management Association (MCMA) annual conference the past three days up in Nisswa, MN. This was my first MCMA conference and I can say it was a great experience. Building relationships with fellow City Administrators and Managers is a very important part of this job and I had the great opportunity to be paired up with some great people during the conference. But I am back and ready to hit the ground running as we have a lot of things going on.
The Kings Way Dog Park will begin construction the week of May 14th, starting with fencing. After the fencing is complete, we will pour various concrete slabs around the park for benches, picnic tables, trash receptacles, and other amenities. After the concrete cures, those amenities will be installed. In mid-July, there will be a planting event that we will need some volunteer help with. Both the Rotary and Lions Club are great at volunteering to help, but if anyone in the public is interested in helping, please reach out to me (email@example.com).
The City’s new Building Official, Justin Nielsen is getting settled in and has been out and about performing various building inspections around the City. On top of that, himself and Samantha DiMaggio have spearheaded the implementation of the new Permits and Inspections Management Software. Once fully implemented, residents will be able to apply for and receive some permits completely online, and other permits will be able to be submitted electronically. I am personally excited for this ability as I feel that it will offer residents an enhanced experience when completing projects requiring permits in the City.
The next potential hire, the Public Services Director, my former position, closed for application review this week. Human Resources is currently reviewing applications and scheduling first round interviews. I am very excited at the prospect of filling this position. Just from the cursory review, we have some very good candidates. The City also has a variety of seasonal positions posted on our website, if you know anyone interested in applying, please let them know! (https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/1957/City-of-Le-Sueur)
The Street Division has been out and will continue to be out sweeping the streets. If you see them in your neighborhood, try to get your vehicles out of the way so that we get all the winter debris cleaned up. The Street Department is also going to start working on some of the potholes around town, so please use caution for the workers.
The Water/Wastewater Division is continuing to truck along. You may see some activity with water tower inspections, cleanings, and well house upkeep this summer. There are needed maintenance items to ensure the City can provide continuous water service to everyone. Water/Wastewater Operator Rick Rogich had his last day today, and I wish him well on his next journey both personally and professionally. Rick was with the City for just over 19 years and was an enormous part of our wastewater treatment process. I am continuing my conversations with Henderson City Administrator Lon Berberich regarding the future of our joint powers agreement. Back in February, City Council authorized myself to engage in a conversation with Mr. Berberich regarding the future of joint powers agreement. Look for a joint meeting or update in June regarding the next steps.
Lastly, I have undertaken an initiative to reach out to people via Facebook and NextDoor to try and answer some questions residents are having about City operations. This is just one of many ways citizens can directly communicate with me. I am hoping this will bring clarity to what the City is doing around town, initiatives that are occurring, and just generally good customer service to the residents. If anyone has ideas above and beyond this to reach out to the public, please let me know. As a matter of fact, one resident suggested a type of meet and greet in a park for citizen to come meet me since I am still fairly new in Le Sueur. That will likely be occurring this summer, so keep your eyes posted for updates.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, I’m looking forward to attending the Le Sueur Fire Department Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, so if you’re around, please say hello! May the Fourth be with you!!