Courtesy Linda Blow.
Well, I'm gone. Today was my last day but I couldn't go in. I'd had enough of just sitting waiting for the clock to move. I want to thank the citizens of Milton for participating in all of the events over the past three years and especially the volunteers who made it happen.
I came to Milton three years ago to work with Aaron Bovos. He told me if I came he would have me work with the volunteers and that is exactly what I wanted. Trite as it may sound, I love people and I found the citizens of Milton to be similar to my hometown of 5,000 - warm and open and eager to get involved.
The position I held of Special Projects Coordinator was perfect for me and I have such fond memories of all who I met and worked with. Please continue to support the events, they are an integral part of what makes Milton different.
I guess in hindsight, at least from the Council's point of view, I overvalued myself. It's such a sad state of affairs in today's world that you become a line on a financial sheet. I'm sure the City will use my pay for something more valued and logical.
All those countless hours spent on holidays and rain or shine weather were all for naught as far as valuing my services but it wasn't for them, it was for the citizens.
One of my mentors, former City Manager, Billy Beckett, believed tht the community activities and events are such an important component of developing and maintaining the sense of community and in fact, the more events the better even in hard times.
Those who make the decisions for the City will tell you that the events will continue, in what manner remains to be seen. Apparently and assumedly it will be given to someone who "does" that type of thing and the hands on connection I have developed over the years with love for my job and the citizens is not necessary.
As I looked around my office I knew that part of me is there and I will take the memories with me. I guess that's a fair trade. Please be good to one another and think good thoughts.
I love all of you.