From the Mayor’s Desk

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

We appreciate all citizens who observed the recent burn ban in place throughout the city. As previously mentioned, when dry conditions are severe, a burn ban is issued. The ban announcement will be carried on the local radio station and if you are uncertain, please contact the Cherokee Village Fire Department at 257-2304 or city hall at 257-5522. In order to improve notification to our residents when a ban has been issued, we are taking the recommendation of one of our citizens to have banners posted at each fire station in the city when a burn ban is announced.

On the last Saturday in October, our senior center, under the direction of Dianne Knauss, hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for our “Storm Siren” project. The dinner was a rousing success with a little over $5,000 raised in the effort. If you missed out on the spaghetti, you missed a very tasty meal. A huge thanks to Dianne and those who assisted with the preparation of the dinner plus to Rep. Scott Baltz and the Mayor for underwriting its cost. However, greater appreciation goes to individuals who purchased tickets for the event which truly helped to raise the funds needed.

As for the “Storm Siren” project, we are very close to our goal by including a grant and pledges for the $35,000 needed for this project. However, we are still in need of donations to raise the last $5,000 needed to acquire the funds to purchase and install these sirens. The Cherokee Village City Council will be presented with a plan of action at its November meeting to complete the project. Hopefully, we will have all donations to fully fund the project available at that time.

Our street department is still doing roadside trimming in specified areas around the city. This work is being done to improve visibility for vehicle operators. We anticipate it to be completed sometime in early November. We have replaced an employee who we lost to cancer earlier in the year. Our replacement, Ed Soja comes to us with an extensive background in equipment operation and with required licensing needed to work in this assignment. We welcome him to the department roster.

Although, Thanksgiving has not arrived but is only a few weeks away, I am gratefully thankful for the work and dedication of all the city employees. The services they provide with the limited resources available are extremely vital for the life of Cherokee Village and their endeavors are greatly appreciated.

And for those of you, with thoughts of the Christmas season and all it entails occupying your minds; I invite you to participate in the Christmas lighting contest. The Neighborhood Ambassadors and the Townhouse Association are both sponsoring residential lighting contests. The former will include all residential homes and/or commercial sites and the latter contest is for townhouse owners. There are cash prizes for three places in both the residence and townhouse category. If you are interested, registration forms are available at city hall and the deadline for registering is Dec. 7. Also, the annual Town Center lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival will be Monday, Dec. 4.