Reflections of a “Virtual Mayor”
Monday, January 11, 2021, was my first meeting as Shorewood Mayor. Due to the Covid pandemic, this meeting and all meetings for the first six months of 2021 were held virtually. Zoom meetings, telephone calls, and emails became my main methods of communicating with Shorewood residents.
Finally, on July 12, 2021, in-person city council meetings resumed at city hall! It has been wonderful to meet residents, to put faces to voices that I’d only heard on the telephone, and to have well-attended, traditional, city council meetings once again at city hall. Residents may still watch Shorewood’s City Council meetings virtually but, just as before, a resident must come to city hall to participate in a meeting (before the pandemic, an individual needed to be physically present at city hall to address the city council during a meeting). For a complete meeting calendar, go to http://ci.shorewood.mn.us/calendar.php.
Shorewood Reaches Out to MnDOT Following Fatal Highway 7 Collision
After a tragic collision at the intersection of Eureka Road and Highway 7 claimed the life of 20 year old Parker Nelson, I wrote a letter to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This letter includes the names and contact information of individuals that Shorewood residents should contact with their concerns about the safety of this intersection or the safety of the Highway 7 corridor in general. The letter can be found on Shorewood’s website at http://ci.shorewood.mn.us/index.php by scrolling down to “Latest News.”
As everyone is aware, road construction and road improvements are occurring throughout Shorewood. These road construction, improvement, and mill and overlay projects are all on schedule or ahead of schedule. Thank you for your continued patience during this road construction season.
Recently, I hosted my first “Coffee with the Mayor” at the Pillars of Shorewood Landing and I can’t wait to return for another get-together. On August 3rd, I enjoyed meeting residents at their neighborhood “Night to Unite” parties; thank you for the invitations.
I look forward to meeting even more residents in the future. Perhaps I’ll see you at Shorewood’s Movie in Freeman Park on August 27 at 8:00 pm for an outdoor viewing of Disney’s “The Lion King.” Another great community event is the Excelsior Fire District Open House which will be held on October 7; I hope to see you there.
Thank you for your emails, questions, and telephone calls. As I have told many of you, there is no such thing as “too small of a concern” because if something concerns you, it is worth talking about. email@example.com.
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