Wednesday, February 02, 2011

See what we've been up to.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The City of Milton’s 2010 Annual Report is now available for you all to download (click here if you’re interested). I hope that you will. There’s been a lot of hard work put into it, and I feel it does a great job of representing the huge strides Milton has made.

Looking through the pages, it’s hard to believe we’ve accomplished so much in just one short year. But that’s what happens if you get a good group of people working hard every day: You see big changes.

Let’s just go through a short list real quick:

No. 1: Transitioned from a private-public partnership form of government to new hybrid model, saving more than $2 million in taxpayer dollars over two years by doing so.

In a year where virtually every story about government finances was a scary one, this stands out. And the amazing part, to me at least, is that we actually increased services and made the transition without any major hiccups. That speaks volumes to the type of leadership we have in place here at City Hall.

No. 2: Gave our citizens plenty of opportunities to make Milton the type of place they want it to be.

Whether it was through charitable donations, our popular special events, our efforts to keep Milton clean and green, or residents giving us their two cents on important laws and planning, City Hall continued its open door policy. That’s just the way we do things here, and it makes me proud.

No. 3: Wracked up a slew of awards in virtually all departments.

Everyone got in on this effort, including city staff, City Council and our hard working volunteers. In 2010, Milton received awards for finance, green space efforts, law enforcement, government training, special events publicity and more. While these certainly aren’t the reason so much work gets done at City Hall, it sure feels nice when you’re recognized.

No. 4: Kept our high-performing departments happy, healthy and funded.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having good people in the right positions. Take a look through each department’s Annual Report section and you’ll see what can happen when City Hall employees are given the opportunity to perform.

By looking through this report, I hope you’ll gain a wealth of information about what the City of Milton has been up to this last 12 months and where it’s going in the next few years. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what’s next.

As always, my door is open at City Hall if you have comments, questions or concerns.

Mayor Joe Lockwood

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