As many of you know, not only am I mayor of Pequot Lakes, but I'm very involved in the Pequot Lakes Community Library (as volunteer coordinator). Recently, someone donated a book for our collection, "What Makes A Great City," by Alexander Garvin; needless to say, it caught my attention.
The past weekend was a wonderful example of the variety of activities that make our community special. On Saturday, Henry Liedl and his hearty band of high school students totally revamped the 2014 homecoming celebration.
It is wonderful that we finally are seeing some warmer weather. With that, however, comes the continuation of the “Frozen Water/Sewer Pipe Saga.” As you may have read, cities all over Minnesota are struggling with frozen water and sewer lines, Pequot Lakes included. Right now, the frost level is down into the ground at approximately 8 feet and, it is my understanding from those in the know, this depth will continue to go down before it goes up — go figure!
As this new year unfolds, the Pequot Lakes City Council will be developing 2014 goals that we will work diligently to achieve. Last year, at our January planning workshop, the council did the same and, I’m pleased to report, in 2013 a great deal was accomplished. Needless to say, some goals were fully implemented while others are still “in progress.” As I’ve discovered over the past five years, it somehow takes lots longer in government to get things done than if we tried doing them at home.
As we move into the holidays, I want to personally thank all of the Pequot Lakes businesses and community members who take the time to put up lights and decorations to help make our town look so welcoming and festive. Having participated a week ago (along with my husband and one of the Breezy Point North Stars hockey players) in helping decorate the library with lights in two below zero weather, my thoughts are for putting up lights next October when the weather might be at least decent for being outside and up on a ladder.
Rumors, rumors, rumors. Remember when I suggested several years ago that if you hear something strange, follow up by calling city hall (568-5222) or the mayor’s office (568-2355)? Well, last week I learned that the city is going to sell Sibley Lake Park — is it true? Absolutely not! But, on behalf of the Park Board members who work very hard to make our parks top-notch, let me give you some background.
Everyone must be wondering where the Pequot Lakes “thanks” were for the wonderful Day of Caring that the high school students provided to the community on May 9, especially since the city of Pequot Lakes had four major projects. It isn’t that we didn’t truly appreciate the program. It’s that I left town for just over two weeks that afternoon (after working in Trailside Park all morning) and this is my first opportunity to say thanks.
Although the weather has certainly been chilly over the past weeks, the snow and cold bring out the snowmobiles and ice fishermen, among others. It’s nice to see the trails and lakes in use. On the other hand, our city streets seem to suffer from the same issues that are positive for the above mentioned. Just to remind everyone, the streets (and certainly my driveway) are made worse from the three times that rain arrived to freeze prior to it snowing again. We have a big sign, “Icy - Caution” stuck in a snowbank near our front door.
Many exciting things have been going on in Pequot Lakes. This is an opportunity to let you know just a few bits of information. First, it is truly my pleasure to tell you that we believe the infamous “brown water” issue has been resolved. I can’t promise that it will never happen again, but chances are very slim.
The holiday season is in full force in Pequot Lakes. Take time to drive through our community after dark, noticing that almost all the buildings and much of the park are beautifully lit for the season. During the day, take time to look at the wreaths welcoming you to the businesses – many decorated with bobbers to remind you exactly where you are. This is thanks to the cooperation between businesses, Business Connect and the Pequot Lakes Business and Community Group.