2017: Accomplishments, challenges and gratitude

Mayor's Office, News

A year’s end is an appropriate time to reflect on the past 12 months and look ahead to the coming year. Our past year has been filled with all kinds of accomplishments benefiting you, your families, friends and neighbors and our community overall.

At our most recent City Council meeting, our public works department heads shared their 2017 accomplishments with our councilors and the residents at the meeting. I am proud of the many, many achievements these leaders and their teams made on your behalf.  As I often say, it takes hard work and team work to achieve our goals. In many instances, it was your assistance and participation in these programs, services and activities that greatly contributed to their success, so thank you for your involvement and support!

In the very near future, the lists of departmental accomplishments will be posted under each respective area on our newly launched Web site: martinsville.in.gov, so I hope you will take a few minutes to check those out, especially if you were unable to be at the December 18 Council meeting.

Our challenges this year have been ones we learned and grew from while improving our programs, processes, procedures and quite frankly, ourselves. Facing challenges is just as important as achieving successes. Leadership is about learning every day to become more efficient and effective, so we take every challenge as an opportunity for improvement.

Speaking of challenges, I want to mention a seasonal one every community faces: snow removal. While we all hope for calm and smooth winter months, should we face significant snowfalls and dangerous road conditions, please know our dedicated Street Department crews stand ready to battle the elements and keep our roadways as safe as possible.

Our police officers and Street Department crews work in partnership out on the roads during these trying times, in communication with each other regarding particularly dangerous areas so extra attention and work can be paid to those spots. Your safety is our number one priority and our team works diligently to maintain motorists and pedestrians’ well-being.

And finally, we look back on this year with gratitude. Gratitude for the high quality public service we are fortunate to provide, gratitude for the opportunities to improve upon existing City programs and services and gratitude for the chance to be creative in providing innovative events and activities for your benefit and enjoyment. Most of all, we are grateful for your assistance, support, knowledge, constructive criticism and involvement in our municipal government services that make them so successful. Thank you!

We have plans underway to take on an even more focused approach to improving the work we do in 2018 as our team rises to the next level in the work we do for you.

On behalf of our City team, we hope your Christmas was joyful. Our best wishes to you and your family for a safe, relaxing and peaceful start to 2018!

Have topics you want to know more about? Email me: skohl@martinsville.in.gov