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Message from our Mayor

November 19, 2012
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Since lasts month’s letter, Jo and I were blessed with twin granddaughters.  Craig and Autumn had identical twin girls, Dayton Elizabeth and Dawson Renee born on October 30.  They came into the world at 28-29 weeks and weighing about 3 lbs. each.  Both girls are doing well under the care of the University of  Iowa Hospitals.  They could be there until January 13. We would also like to congratulate Bill and Doris Tessau on their 70th wedding anniversary.  What a great event this is.  Very few couples have been together this long, have seen so many places and enjoyed each other more than Bill and Doris. If you have noticed, there is new construction on Main Street between the NAPA and the shuffleboard court.  This will be the new home of NAPA.  It will connect to the old store with a new entrance facing north.  Thanks to Mark and Linda Goos for believing in Gladbrook and being willing to continue to invest their time and money in our town. Since the last letter all of the windmills have been built and are running.  This was a great project to watch being built. Your City Council is continuing to work on long range planning for the future of Gladbrook, looking out 10, 20, 50 years.  This is not an easy job.  We can all see what needs to be done today and put off until tomorrow the rest of our problems.  This will not be good for future generations as the problems will get bigger and more expensive.  Some of what we are looking at are streets, water and sewer, and curb and gutter.  If we can work on all three items at the same time, we will save money in the long run. Another problem is what to do with run down and unoccupied properties in town.  They will not get any better.  Also, another project that has to be considered is what to do with the fire station.  When the fire department gets a new fire truck it will not fit in our present building as it will be too tall to fit in the doors. All these projects will take money and by looking at long range planning your council will try to plan ahead and spread out the cost so that we don’t get hit with a big surprise.  If anyone has any thoughts about any of these projects or other ideas, please talk to me or a council member.  We are all willing to listen and appreciate your input. Keith Sash Mayor

P.S.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Don’t forget to go upstairs at the City Centre and see all the Christmas trees from November 28th thru January1st.  It is well worth your time.



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