Feb 13 2018

The Mayor’s Corner 02/14/2018

The ongoing good weather is allowing us to work on several large projects this week. If you have been by the Soccer Field on East Park Street you may have noticed the activity. During the budget process, the City Council authorize the building of a bathroom at the Soccer Complex. In the past, since the Complex was built, portable bathrooms have been brought in for the convenience of those using the field. The placement of a permanent restroom was one of the recommendations made by the committee who looked at the needs in our parks this last year. This will take away to the ongoing expense of the portable bathrooms. The Council approved a budget of $15,000 to place or build the restrooms. There was already the availability of water and sewer so the Street and Park crew is working on the building of a permanent restroom. There will also be a drinking fountain placed there too. Plumbing is being contracted locally and the Electric Department will be placing a pole for power for lights in the building and around it. It is hoped to have the project done in the next three to four weeks if all goes as planned.
The Electric Department will also be working on a project in the alley off E. 5th Street. They will be replacing a pole, adding poles and upgrading some equipment in the area. This is a major route for power in the area so the upgrade will hopefully eliminate some issues in the area.
On a regular basis, I receive requests from groups and organizations across the country asking for Proclamations recognizing their interests. A proclamation sounds easy enough and it is but has little value if given to anyone for anything. I do not respond to these requests unless they have some value and interest to our local residents and then I will consider it. I appreciate the interest and concerns of our people but am not a big fan of jumping on ‘band wagons’ to have my name in print.
Congratulations to the B.P.O.E. #1683 or as we usually refer to them as ‘The Elks’ Club’ on their 150th anniversary. They will be serving a free brisket dinner Friday, February 16 from 6-8 pm to thank the community for its support for their many programs. We want to thank the Elks for their many contributions to our community. They have many programs that support our youth and our veterans throughout the year. Their donations have reached over $1.6 million dollars since their inception. These dollars have come back to the community through grants, projects such as the pond dock, youth recognition, dinners for out veterans and many other programs and partnerships. Thank you. Elks, and happy 150th Anniversary.
Don’t forget the FFA Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, February 17 from 7-10 am in the Ag Shop at WHS. This is another group that gives back to our community through our youth. It is also a great program for training youth to become leaders and contributing members of their community. Thank you to Mr. Nesbitt and members of the Weiser High School FFA organization.
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, February 14 which is here. Happy Valentine’s Day.