Where did the summer go?! Temperatures are falling and days are getting shorter. I hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather and savored the colors of Autumn throughout Sunfish Lake as much as I have. Perhaps we all appreciated the beauty around us even more this year as we’ve endured trying times these past 18 months.
Throughout the summer, residents may have noticed a few city road construction projects. As part of the city’s annual Pavement Management Program, four city streets received various levels of maintenance and improvements. The four roadways were Sunnyside Lane, Angell Road East, Zehnder Road, and Grieve Glen Lane. The city undertakes these roadway maintenance projects based upon results of inspections on all city roadways that are conducted every three years. The results allow us to rank the condition of the roadway in relation to other roadways in the city and to prioritize maintenance projects in a five-year plan. This regular maintenance prolongs the life of the roadways and helps to ensure that roadways are maintained in a good condition and that costly full reconstruction is delayed to the extent possible. Funding for this summer’s road projects stemmed from a combination of assessments to benefitting properties and city funding through bonds.
And speaking of roads and construction, I’m pleased to welcome Lori Johnson who joined our staff in October as our Senior City Planner. Lori brings 26 years of extensive experience, including 21 years as the City Planner for Blaine. MN. She brings a wealth of knowledge and information and we are delighted to have her on our team! Her contact information is on our Website.
In closing….We are all aware that COVID-19 infections have increased in Minnesota. Hospitalizations and ICU bed utilization numbers have grown significantly. While breakthrough infections occur, most serious illnesses are among those who are unvaccinated. Vaccines are readily available and proven to be effective. If you are yet unvaccinated, I urge you to reconsider your hesitancy. We each have a critical role to play in getting beyond this pandemic. Please follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines to reduce the spread.
As 2021 winds down there is reason for optimism as acts of kindness continue to abound and the majority of citizens continue to be concerned about protecting themselves and each other. On behalf of the City Council and Staff I’d like to express our gratitude to members of our community and their family members who have acted to protect themselves and each other and to those who are front line workers, health care workers, teachers, and caregivers. Your community sincerely appreciates your selfless engagement.
I wish you all a joyous holiday season and the blessings of peace and love in the coming year.