Summer is finally in full swing in Mantorville and we will again host some great events. Old Tyme days last weekend was a great success again this year. This year the entire weekend was packed with events including a kids tractor pull, an antique tractor pull, wine tasting, living history demonstrations, horse draw wagon rides, a melodrama, a costume contest, Art show and live music and much much more. Both days we enjoyed nice sunny weather and everyone was having a good time. KTTC did an excellent job with an "on the road" television segment that is posted on their web site.
The Kasson-Mantorville student athletes had an amazing season with baseball, softball and wrestling— going all the way to the final playoff contests. In recognition of their historic achievement as well as recognizing the commitment of our coaching staff and parents, I presented a proclamation declaring Monday, July 1, 2013 as “Kasson-Mantorville All Student Athletes Day”. Congratulations teams! I have posted the proclamation on my blog.
Our next event will be the annual Ride or a Reason on July 13. This will be the tenth and last "Ride for a Reason Remembrance". Then, the next week July 17th, the Dodge County Fair will start in Kasson. In August, we will have a City sponsored "National Night Out on the 6th. In September, we will have our annual Marigold Days celebration (7th & 8th) as well as the annual Rendezvous (29th). We wind down in October with the Fall Festival (26th) and finally an Old Fashioned Christmas on December 7th. More information about these and other events can be found on the City web page (http://www.mantorville.com/) and my blog (http://mayorbradford.blogspot.com).
The Park Board is in the process of replacing some trees in Riverside park. The Park Board and the City decided to be preemptive on the emerald ash bore problem that is slowly working across our state. The Park Board felt that it was better to replace our ash trees in the park over several years instead of waiting for all of the trees to become infested with the ash bore and cut all the trees down at once.
The EDA is working with some local businesses to help them expand and start their operations in the City of Mantorville. The EDA has a revolving loan fund which was partially funded with a grant from the USDA. These businesses that these low interest loans benefit will contribute to the tax base within the City as well as provide our citizens more local options for their shopping enjoyment.
The Rochester City Council met to discuss the sales tax disbursement to the surrounding cities and they voted to confirm their commitment to share some of the tax money up front with the surrounding communities. The City Council is still looking at and considering options for those funds. We will share updates as we progress.
The City of Mantorville is starting the process of interviewing candidates for our maintenance staff needs. Information and specific job responsibilities will be posted within the next few days. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact City Hall and fill out an application.Yours in service
Chuck Bradford, Mayor - City of Mantorville