DECEMBER 14TH, 2020
Dear Eaton Rapids,
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to all of our city employees that have worked diligently throughout this most difficult of years. Thank you to my city administrators for keeping things running the best that they could. Thank you to my boards and committees for keeping their tasks in focus and staying dedicated to their fellow citizens.
Thank you to my fellow councilmembers; Councilwoman Colestock, Councilman Wichman, Councilwoman Politza and Councilman Steele. Without your guidance and steady hand it would have been easy to go off course.
Most of all, thank you to our community. You pulled together and never let the negativity of 2020 impact you. While you may have had differing opinions on the elections, the pandemic, the wearing of masks and a myriad of other things you still supported one another and never lost sight of your humanity.
I see that out my office window as I type this. I see the brightly lit Christmas tree on Hamlin Court. I see the presents that have been lovingly placed underneath. I see the beautifully colored hand knitted caps and mittens carefully tied to the downtown light poles with their messages of encouragement. The street light poles adorned with their Christmas finery. That tells me this is home.
I hope you have participated in the many city sponsored Christmas events that have been taking place. The ornament art project, the house decorating contest, the all to important letters to our favorite Jolly Old Elf, the Elf on the Shelf competition, the coloring contest and the ugly sweater contest. All worthwhile and subject to bragging rights.
I would like to invite you to join us at 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 24th, on the City of Eaton Rapids Facebook page and website for a rendition of the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It is our pleasure to bring you the reading of this timeless classic.
To all of you from myself and the City Council, the City Administrators and the City Staff we wish you a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year.
As always, I bid you Peace and happiness.