From the Mayor’s Desk

Hi…. I have been asked to address some issues in the Recknagel Lions Club Park.
The Lions Club has put a lot of money and effort into making that park a wonderful park for both children and adults to enjoy. But some individuals seem to take pleasure in destroying what is good. The park has been vandalized many times over and it’s beginning to be a financial problem to the Lion’s Club much less a real put-down to all the members that have donated of their time and efforts to make this a great park.
I am going to tell you some of the damage that has been done; graffiti on the building, the light on the building is continually being broken, there has been a hole punched in the slide (cost value I have been told is about $3,000 to replace) and even down to putting rocks in the toilets and then defecating on them, much less defecating in other areas of the bathrooms.
This park is pretty open to the general public so you would think someone would see something at some point but apparently that is not the case. We only have one officer on during a shift and he cannot put all his time in watching the parks. Oh, by the way, they have destroyed the lion that represented the Lions Club Park by hitting it with probably a baseball bat. It has been vandalized twice so it may not be replaced which is a shame.
I know the Lions Club would like to do a lot more work in that park this spring so I’m asking you to please if you see anything suspicious report it to the police department. We really need to put a stop to this kind of destructive behavior in our city.
The press covers the Council meeting but just wanted to mention a few items that were discussed. The Department of Transportation has given us notice that they will be repaving Main Street in 2018 and the approximate cost to the city will be $173,600. Guess we better be keeping that figure in mind when we look at future budget projections because we are not going to have a choice in the matter.
We also dropped down to three squads in the police department and so as we have done in the past the DPW purchased the fourth squad for $2,800 and junked the last squad they purchased a few years ago as it was no longer fit to put on the road or sell as a usable vehicle.
That’s about it, Finance Committee meets on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m., Public Properties meets on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m., Streets and Sanitation meets on Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. and Courts and Public Safety meets on Oct. 10 at 5 p.m.
The budget timeline is as follows; Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., the budget will be reviewed in it’s entirety by the Common Council during its regular meeting. Oct. 29, the clerk will submit the budget notice to the press. Nov. 12, at the regular Council meeting the Council will review and discuss the 2013 proposed budget. Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m., we will hold a public hearing on the 2013 budget. Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. regular Council will adopt the 2013 budget and set the 2013 tax levy.
Hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather.

Mayor Judy Schuette