We’re just chugging along here at the City. This is a big week as the Giant Celebration started officially on Wednesday. I hope everyone has a great weekend and say hello on Sunday at the parade if you see me. If you have any questions or comments about this blog, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my phone number is 507-593-8312.
City Council - We have an unusually long time between City Council meetings, 20 days to be exact. We are compiling items for the August 14th meeting and it will likely be a full docket. Keep an eye out for the agenda and next week’s blog for more information on that meeting.
Streets Division – Seal coating occurred this week and if it was performed by your house, you’ll know it by the pea rock still on the road. Allied, the contractor who was the low bidder on the project will be in this coming week to sweep up the pea rock. Seal coating is an essential part of pavement management that helps keep water from penetrating the road surface. This will help the pavement last longer, which saves money.
Community Development – Community Development Director Sam DiMaggio had her first TV spot as a City of Le Sueur employee. KEYC was in town to interview her about the Small Cities Development Program that we received grant money to fund. You can tell she has had experience being interviewed as she is calm and collected.
The second downtown master plan community meeting will be held on August 10th at the Valley Green Square Mall. I encourage anyone who can to come to the meeting and see what we have come up with as a ton of research and brain storming has been done regarding the downtown area.
Parks and Recreation – The annual “Movie in the Park” was held on Wednesday and the crowd watched Moana. I can attest being that I’ve watched this movie probably 20 times that kids love it.
Also, two “Funbrellas” were installed at the outdoor pool this week, thanks to a donation from Treasures in Town. This will make a great addition and help people using the pool find some shade on those sunny hot days.
The outdoor pool mural was completed on Friday, take a look!
2018 Budget – The Personnel and Budget Committee, along with Finance Director Zach Doud and myself had a very fruitful three-hour meeting on Wednesday. We are working through the 2018 budget and are gathering as much input from the group as possible. We have another meeting on August 9th, where we will finalize some items and the Personnel and Budget Committee will bring forward a preliminary budget for review on August 14th. The idea here is to get some input from the full City Council and then pass a preliminary budget resolution on August 28th. A preliminary budget is required to let the County know the proposed tax levy amount from the City to incorporate into preliminary tax statements. The City cannot exceed the levy amount that is passed in the preliminary levy, so this percentage will likely be higher than the one we pass in December as the final budget.
To me, this process is the best part of being a City Administrator. We get to form the future of Le Sueur one year at a time, and each passed budget should address immediate concerns along with paving the way (in some cases literally) for the future. If you’re interested in the process, I’d be happy to let you know how to get involved.
I hope everyone has the opportunity to visit Le Sueur this week and weekend to partake in the Giant Celebration. I’d like to thank everyone involved that makes this town celebration, in particular the Giant Celebration Committee and the Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to working with both of these groups in the future to continue to make the Giant Celebration a regional attraction.
Have a safe and fun weekend!