December 2017 Mayor's Message
From Mayor John Douglas
November was officially proclaimed “Volunteer Appreciation Month” at Lake Waukomis. The very successful annual lighting of the community Christmas tree event on November 26 and the reception that followed was yet another perfect example of the work of volunteers. The Men’s Club installed the lights on the dam, while other volunteers decorated the two Christmas trees in the parking lot, as well as the inside of the community building. Donations to assist with the cost of the reception, ornaments, refreshments, and gifts for three adopted families came from the Women’s Club, Men’s Club, and Retiree’s Club. The Men’s Club also purchased a live tree, which will be planted in the 100 Block after the Holidays. Very special thanks go to Janus Hinson and Marcia Douglas, co-chairs of the entire event for the fourth straight Christmas, as well as Coleen Kent who contributed greatly to the acquisition of gifts for our three adopted families. Once again our residents were very generous in taking gift tag ornaments from the tree and purchasing gifts to provide a wonderful Christmas for three families who otherwise may not have had much of a holiday season. Thanks to Ed Weiser, Cindy Todd, Jeff Libby, Ila Greenlee, Sandy Massock, Frankie Fiddler, Bill Massock, John Greenlee, Gary Fiddler, Jennifer Miller, Barbara Marsh, the Northgate Honor Choir, and Santa himself plus many others for their assistance throughout the planning and execution of the 26th annual lighting ceremony, an event that has truly become a tradition at Lake Waukomis.
On December 15, we experienced yet another water main break, this time in the vicinity of 1025 South Shore. It may be my imagination, but it seems like water line and sewer line breaks usually occur on weekends or at night. This break was no exception. We all owe a huge thanks to Mike Gibbany, Ed Landis, and Paul Deister’s Company for their very quick reaction. They worked from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next morning to complete the repairs and get the water turned back on for residents in that neighborhood. With our aging infrastructure, it is reasonable to expect more breaks in the future. They never happen at a convenient time. Your patience and understanding when they occur is always appreciated.
HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS are due by December 31. Nomination forms can be obtained at the city office and returned to Jennifer Miller, Donna Rhodus, or me. Induction into the Lake Waukomis Hall of Fame is intended to be the highest award presented in our community. The nomination form requires some time to complete. This is by design, as the selection committee is looking for residents whose contributions over an extended period of time have resulted in a major positive impact to our community. If someone is selected for the award this year, he or she will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the annual HOA meeting on February 9.
FILING PERIOD FOR APRIL 3 ELECTION: The next election of City officials will be April 3, 2018. However, the filing period is much earlier. We will be electing a Mayor, an Alderman from North Shore, and an Alderman from South Shore. All three positions will be for two year terms. Filing must be done with the city clerk between 9:00 a.m. on December 19 and 2:00 p.m. on January 16, 2018. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in serving as an alderman/alderwoman or Mayor, but have questions about the responsibilities of each position. In addition, if you are considering filing, I would strongly urge you to attend city council meetings between now and April. City monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. In fact, everyone is invited to attend, whether you wish to file for office or not. Marcia and I wish for everyone a very happy and healthy 2018!! See you around the lake next year!