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City Manager Update, December 2012 | Community Spirit

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City Manager Update, December 2012
City Manager Update, December 2012

From: http://ci.lowell.mi.us

December is a month of giving. It’s also a good time to reflect on the past year to celebrate what has been accomplished while looking forward with hope and confidence for the future. In city government, what gets accomplished is the result of a large and dedicated group of volunteers and staff who reflect a basic value in this community: giving.
    
We are led by members of a city council who are elected by the citizens at-large and who drive the agenda of city government through their actions at city council meetings. Their work goes far beyond attending a couple of meetings each month, though. They are in the community each day, listening to concerns, generating ideas, and building a consensus and vision for the future of the community.

There are also a number of boards and commissions that serve in various roles to provide leadership and direction for city functions. From parks to trees to land use planning and operating public utilities, members of these boards and commissions provide a valuable service by creating a conduit for public engagement in the services that are provided each day. There are more than 50 people involved with the various boards and commissions that serve city government.

In addition, the day-to-day work of city government is accomplished by staff, more than 50 full- and part-time employees, who bring a strong work ethic and a general sense that we are here to do what is best for the citizens we serve. I consider it an honor to be working side-by-side with each and every employee and look forward to our continued efforts to bring a team approach to providing public service.

A number of citizens engage with city government by offering public comment at regular meetings, discussing issues with council members, attending a meeting of a board or commission, or interacting with staff. Public engagement is a key component of a well-functioning community and when that public engagement is encouraged and carried out in a positive and constructive manner the community thrives.

As the year comes to a close, I would like to thank the many volunteers who bring their time and expertise to city government, the staff who go beyond the call of duty with no expectation of reward because they value the service they provide to the public, and the citizens themselves who engage with us to keep moving forward in a positive direction.

Thank you for giving.