Greetings from your City Manager

Greetings from your City Manager

I hope everyone got a chance to get out and enjoy the fall colors for the brief time they were here. My wife and I took in as much as we could! Spending the last few years out west enabled us to see them with an even greater appreciation than we had before.

Now that winter has settled in for the long haul, I’m trying to transfer that same appreciation to the frosty temperature. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Although the end of the year is rapidly approaching, the city staff and I are working diligently to prepare for all the things to come in 2019. There will be some new construction projects in addition to improvements to our downtown.

These projects stem from our newly adopted Capital Improvement Plan. Every approved project is directly linked to the line item that funds it within our budget. I want you to know that I don’t take the responsibility of using our taxpayer funds lightly and I will be seizing every opportunity I can to leverage all available with those funds. That way, we can accomplish what we’d like to, while also saving ourselves some money.

I encourage you to review the story on our Capital Improvements Plan and the projects and equipment we will be purchasing for Fiscal Year 2019.

On December 10, we achieved our first ever Economic Development Strategy. With the help of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, LSCP, Beckett and Raeder, and several members of our community, we were able to develop a well-rounded plan for our economic future: “Moving Forward.” It incorporates eleven points of action designed to retain, expand and attract new growth. I am excited to share this plan with you; please feel free to take a look for yourself, share it, and join us as Negaunee strives to move forward.

The new year will also bring changes to our downtown. More local business and building owners have become encouraged by the projects recently finished at Tino’s Bar & Pizza and Smarty’s Saloon.

As the city’s relationship grows stronger with our business community, our hope is that more will want to get involved in the MEDC facade program. In fact, several businesses are already preparing to engage in projects of their own. I want to reassure everyone that Negaunee’s character and history will play a big part in shaping these ventures.

As always, I invite you to take part in the many opportunities to engage your government. The best way to find out about our meetings is through Facebook and our website, www.city ofnegaunee.com.

I wish you all a joyous holiday season and here’s to a productive and prosperous 2019!

—Nate Heffron