August 8th , 2014
It's August and many of us are starting to get the list of school supplies and making plans for the fall. Summer still has many things to offer before we get our sleds and skis out.
Marigold days is one of the last big events of the summer. Each year at Marigold days we give a “Gem of Mantorville Award” to a person who has made a real difference to the community. We also remember a person who is no longer with us. The “past” award can be someone that has recently left us or can be one of the original town members. A nominee for the present day award does not have to live within the city limits, only someone who has made a real difference to the city. We are currently accepting nominations for both current and past Gems and nominations can be turned into city hall. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) will make a selection from the nominees and then present the award during Marigold days.
We have started work on the needed drainage upgrades on 7th street and we will complete this soon. The two projects include making seventh street wider and also improving our drainage system through the city. The drainage upgrades are being phased in with street work and we have already complete some of the phases closer to downtown. Once completed these combined drainage upgrades will benefit the entire city.
The City of Mantorville, the City of Kasson and the School District are all members of the Joint Powers Group. This group is responsible for identifying capitol needs and solutions that are mutually beneficial to all three members which any one single member would have a hard time justifying on their own. Some of the projects that this organization has funded are the fence in Mantor Field and Dennison Park. They have also paid for seeding equipment and bleachers. This is one of the many areas in which the two cities and the school board all work together for the better good of our community.
WASTE WATER TREATMENT
This newspaper has recently published a couple of good articles about the Waste Water plant. The City of Mantorville and the City of Kasson have finalized the agreement that will govern the relationship between Kasson and Mantorville and spell out the responsibilities of each city. Mantorville will construct and own a pressurized line running from our current plant location to the Kasson treatment plant. Mantorville will still be responsible for setting and collecting sewer rates. The city has taken a little extra time exploring possible funding sources and ensuring the agreement was the best possible one we could reach for the citizens of Mantorville.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
We have a Boy Scout that has been working on his Eagle project which is to install three flag poles in front of our city hall building . Some of you may have noticed that the project has been recently completed and the new poles look spectacular. We have a U.S., Minnesota and MIA flag that will be placed on our new poles. Our Eagle Scout Anthony Hofstad has done a great job and the City does appreciate the hard work that Anthony has put in to making our City look better. I will post pictures of the finished project once the flags are installed.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Last Tuesday was National Night Out and Mantorville had a great turnout for this event. Many volunteer hours went into planning this event and making it such a success. I have posted some good pictures from our event on my blog. Make sure to check those out and feel free to leave a comment as well. Thank you, too, to everyone who brought food to share and donations. The entire community came together to make this event a success. Thank you all for joining in the fun.
For more pictures and information about National Night Out look at my blog at MayorBradford.BlogSpot.com
Yours in service,
Mayor - City of Mantorville