New Year’s thoughts
from our Village Trustees
compiled by Melanie Jongsma
In planning the first 2018 print edition of The Lansing Journal, we thought it might be fun to hear from our Trustees. We asked for a sentence or two with this as the theme:
What are your New Year’s resolutions for Lansing?
Five of the six answered the question:
1. Continue to dialogue with residents so that all residents feel this board listens and responds to their questions, concerns, and/or comments!
2. Reach out to county, state, and federal officials to see how Lansing can work with them on projects important to Lansing.
My New Year’s resolution for Lansing is for it to continue to be a place that its residents can be proud of and to keep promoting activities and attractions that help Lansing promote that small hometown feeling we have grown “accustomed to.”
The continuation of the Village Board and Departments working well together.
Working on the repair and repaving of the Village streets.
And Economic Development and Building future.
I look forward to continuing the good work that we have established in 2017 as a board of trustees and leadership in our Village government. There is a real sense of unity and teamwork resulting from the renewed relationships with our various departments in the village. Trust and appreciation flows out of time spent together working on improving services while staying within our budgetary limitations, so I look forward to those types of things growing stronger in 2018. The Human Relations Commission is an important part of what I hope will be a great year of bridging the gap between people groups in the village in 2018. It takes a little while for a group of new trustees to learn their roles and turn from the inward focus of on the job training to an outward focus of accomplishing the goals of improvement, so in many ways it seems like we are just getting started. Building strong relationships, working on win/win solutions, and making sure all the voices in our village are being heard and appreciated should keep us all busy in the year to come.
I would like to get to know the men and women at the Public Works Department better in 2018. We also have a new Public Works building on our future plans. I have seen the blueprints, and the building looks great. We have purchased some property along Burnham Ave. This will allow us more room to place the new building. We can possibly place the building closer to Burnham Ave, making it easier for our our residents to get to. So hopefully in 2018 we can get the ball rolling on the new facility. One thing you learn when you are in politics, things take time. Nothing really moves fast enough, but we will have a new building, and the men and women of our Public Works Department deserve it along with our residents.
Trustee Skrbina also added, “Thanks for the great effort that you do for The Lansing Journal, and have a blessed Christmas and a blessed New Year!”