Dear Shaker Resident,
Welcome to the January edition of The Mayor's Report . Below is a short video from me followed by a transcript of the message.
Hello and Happy New Year!
In the last Mayor’s Report, I began to highlight some of my priorities as Mayor for 2019. Specifically, I noted the upcoming launch of the City’s new website and the roll out of a new “attract and retain” campaign. This month I would like to focus on two other priority areas for this year: sustainability and transparency.
In the area of sustainability, since its formation in 2015, the dedicated work of the City’s Sustainable Shaker Task Force and numerous resident volunteers have led to the accomplishment of many green goals and initiatives. A few examples include: recycling education, the installation of an electric vehicle charging station at The Dealership, the creation of the Sustainable Shaker Facebook page, and most significantly, the issuing of the Task Force’s Building a Resilient City (PDF) report. But, we can and need to do more.
Toward that end, I am pleased to announce that the Sustainable Shaker Task Force is being reconstituted and elevated to an official City Council Committee, to be chaired by Council Member Julianna Johnston Senturia. In addition, we are in the process of retaining a Sustainability Coordinator who will assist and serve the staffing needs of the Sustainability Committee in its work to expand and implement best sustainability practices in our City. Shortly, we will appoint citizens to serve as members of the Sustainability Committee and encourage others to participate by volunteering their time and energy to continue this vitally important work.
This leads me to another priority – transparency. We are fortunate to have knowledgeable and engaged residents wiling to serve on a variety of committees, boards, commissions, task forces, and advisory groups to Council, the Mayor, and the City. To facilitate and provide a more transparent process, we will be launching an online submission process on our new website where residents interested in serving our community can submit information about themselves and their areas of interest. This will enable the City to better tap this important and valuable resource.
In addition, the City’s online calendar will be expanded to list not only our City Council and committee meetings, but also a variety of other meetings which are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. You can also visit the Agenda Center to learn more about the topics and issues covered at these meetings. I hope this easy access to information and meetings encourages even greater public participation. Until the online submission process is launched in conjunction with our new website, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in submitting your name to serve our community in a volunteer capacity.
Finally, let me say thank you to all the residents of Shaker for your willingness to share your thoughts, opinions and good ideas – both formally and informally.
Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you around town!