Hello Friends and Neighbors:
Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means—it will be time to spruce up our yards and homes. Sometimes we get accustomed to what our properties look like and don’t really see what needs to be done to make them neat, clean and safe for our neighbors. Take a look around; do you need to rake the yard or tear down any dangerous or unsightly buildings? Did you know there is a City Ordinance for these problem areas? Abandoned or unlicensed vehicles parked on properties are addressed in the City Codes as well. There are various fines for these violations and Ordinance tickets can be given. Cleaning up your property will avoid the consequences of a ticket and costly fine.
Just to let you know one of our future plans in negotiations is: A combination grocery store and possibly a laundromat. We are just at the negotiating stage, but I think this has a good chance of getting accomplished. We will let you know as soon as we know the outcome.
The New Boston Fitness Center had a good opening and I hope anyone who is interested in using the Center will sign up. The cost is $10.00 per month for one, $20.00 per month for families. We ask that anyone who becomes a member respect the equipment, other members and keep the area and equipment clean. The Fitness Center is located in the old Boat Club building behind Shotwell Park. Call or go to City Hall for details.
We are still awaiting the word from the DNR in regards to the archaeological report on the campgrounds. We are unable to start any work until they give us the green light.
One of our projects for this summer will hopefully be to resurface our roads. We have been saving our Motor Fuel Tax income in order to do the job. We will need to get bids, have an engineer oversee the project, and get the DOT approval before anything can be done. It is a long detailed process—but will be worth the extra work to see our roads improved.
Soon we will start the planning for the Fish Fry. Again I say we need some of the younger members of the community to come to the meetings and volunteer to help. We have a lot of excellent helpers for the event, but could stand more. It really is a good way to help the community with projects as the Christmas Baskets, Angel Tree, Easter Egg Hunt, Trick or Treat as well as the Fitness Center start-up expenses.
I would like to encourage you all to get out and vote at the upcoming election April 4, 2017. It has been an honor serving as your Mayor and I look forward to continuing my service.
Thank you for your support and interest in the City of New Boston.
Christopher DeFrieze, Mayor