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From Pam Conley, Mayor Pro-tem, City of Cedar Springs

I wanted to take an opportunity to check in and let you know about some of the fabulous things that the City, under the direction of the City Council and in coordination with the City Manager, is working on. 

We are beginning a large sidewalk project; the construction of a pocket park near city hall; a landscaping project being implemented by the Garden Club; starting the first phase of building a new fire station; and implementing several water and sewer up grades. Through the generous support of the Community Building Development Team, we have seen the completion of a new library and we are now looking forward to the construction of an amphitheater in the reclaimed green space that is now known as The Heart Of Cedar Springs. 

Since the beginning of my residence in Cedar Springs I have served on a variety of boards, in a variety of positions both elected and appointed, and the current Council is among the most hard working, diligent, and collegial I have had the honor of serving with. 

Rose Powell attends a multitude of meetings every month for various organizations and reports back to the rest of Council. 

Lisa Atchison brings her experience from Planning Commission and her eye for detail to every ordinance and contract that comes across our desks. 

Molly Nixon has followed through with her commitment to transparency by supporting the use of YouTube to publicize meetings and supporting the “Ronny Merlington Policy” of ensuring we hear items twice before voting on them. 

Jerry Gross, as a former Fire Chief, has been instrumental in explaining details of service and explaining needs regarding the fire department and safety of our community. 

Perry Hopkins has been a link to the business community, helping to provide a voice for their issues and concerns. 

Mayor Gerald Hall is very much the straw that stirs the drink. His deep knowledge regarding infrastructure has been invaluable as we manage up grades to our water, sewer, sidewalks, and roads. His long history in the community is priceless in working with existing and new businesses as they look to up grade or move in to our community. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with him, and the rest of this Council.  

Mike Womack, our new City Manager has been a wonderful addition to our team. His expertise—not only in city government but also as an attorney—has saved the City tens of thousands of dollars. He has provided faster responses to questions that would have previously required a consult with the City Attorney, which not only costs billable hours but also requires wait time for a response.  

I invite you to stop in, hear about the great things we are working on, and take a few minutes during public comment at our monthly meetings to let us know concerns you many have, things happening in the community you are excited about, or to just say hello. I can say this entire Council would love to hear from you. 

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