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Message From Our Mayor

January 10, 2014
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How about this weather for global warming? Minus 40 for a wind chill. When it gets this cold and snows, remember Mark Lowry. He is out around 4:00 to 4:30 cleaning off our streets. He has most of them done by the time the rest of us need to get out. Then he has the alleys to do and Mark is doing all of this by himself as the city doesn’t have any extra help for him. We all owe Mark a big THANK YOU. Lori is the same way – doing all of the city clerks job by herself and will take on a lot of extra work from other departments without pay. Please thank them before you chew out these two city employees and remember how much extra time both of them are putting in especially this time of the year. They have no control over Mother Nature. Also remember that when you get a letter on sidewalk clearing, car towing or parking on the wrong side of the street or anything else that the city may be requiring you to do, those are at my orders not Lori or Mark. So if you don’t like it, contact me and we will talk about it. Please don’t go and complain to Mark or Lori – they are following my orders. Now for those of you who are about to get a letter regarding snow removal on your sidewalks, remember the city code says snow must be removed within 24 hours after the snow quits falling. I have been lax at enforcing the code. This will change. Some of you have not shoveled your sidewalks yet this year – the vacation is over. For the rest of you citizens who keep your walks clean, thank you! Now for the code on street parking – the code (69.10) says that no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or city owned off –street parking area during snow removal operations unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall. The city does have the right to tow and remove any vehicle at the owners expense. I realize that this ordinance has not been enforced very often but the council is considering going to a no street or alley parking during a snowstorm. This means that there will be no warning letters and any vehicle left on the street will be towed. I know that this sounds tough but sometimes everyone has to help in making snow removal possible to keep our streets open and safe. Work with us and remember this will be the call of the city council and me. Please don’t blame Mark. It is your responsibility to have your vehicle off the street – if it gets towed, it is your fault and no one elses. Now that that’s off my chest, let’s look at all the good things that have happened since my last letter. There have been five houses sold in town in the last six weeks. Welcome to Gladbrook to all of you new owners. Eldon Wiese will celebrate his one hundredth birthday on January 12. Happy Birthday, Eldon! Sharon Shouse is being honored by the Peace Church for 45+ years of service. Congratulations Sharon and thank for your many years of dedicated service. Ray and Dorothy Landt celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary before Christmas. What a long commitment to each other and congratulations to both of you. These people have all been and continue to be great leaders in our town and have shown all of us what true dedication is. We thank all of you and wish you the best in the future. Finally, I hope everyone had a great holiday with family and friends (even if the Hawks didn’t win the Outback Bowl.) I know that Jo and I did with all seven grandkids ages 1 to 11 tearing open packages and making a mess in the middle of the living room. Kids, parents, grandparents and great grandma all enjoyed the holiday. Just remember the days are getting longer and spring is coming and the Mayor isn’t as grouchy as it sounds in the beginning of this letter. Keith Sash, Mayor


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