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Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy has offered his annual update on the state of the city of Sycamore, following the end of its fiscal year on April 30th:

 

The past year has been fruitful for the City as both challenges and opportunities have been met or exceeded.  Some new people entering City of Sycamore public service are Human Resource Director Maggie Peck, Police Chief Glenn Theriault, City Engineer Mark Bushnell, Police Officers Jacob Hayes, James Stehlin, and Kaitlyn Young, Plumbing Inspector Greg Hunt, Paid On Call Firefighters Jonathon Carcamo, Connor Hickey, and Owen Wilkens, and Crossing Guards Kevin Noe, Glen Roberts, and Joe Rudinski.  Most of the new hires resulted from retirements or resignations as City carefully controls its payroll.  Welcome to Team Sycamore all of you. 

City Manager Gregory with City Council approval has managed City in a professional and tactful manner and has excelled in representing the City among various community boards and committees.  He has the explicit trust and confidence of the mayor and City Council as the Chief Operations & Financial Officer.

Public Safety continues as priority one beginning with City Manager Gregory and Fire Chief  Polarek and SFD personnel and Police Chief Theriault and SPD personnel all working together to preserve and protect life, limb, and property in the City with the most updated and affordable equipment available.

Public Works under Director Busse and PW personnel continue to ensure the health and wellbeing of people by professionally operating the water and sewer systems and by maintaining and repairing streets, alleys, and sidewalks in the City.  The Annual Street Program continued last year with the most aggressive approach ever as Bethany Road and numbers of streets, walks, and alleys were resurfaced or repaired.

Building & Engineering Division Director Sauter and B&E personnel inspected and permitted a record number of single and multifamily housing starts in recent years as well as commercial/retail, office, and industrial additions and/or renovations in the City.  B&E Division people offer City code compliance assistance as well.

City Clerk Smith, City Treasurer & Assistant to the City Manager Orton, Human Resource Director Peck, Finance Office Accountant Prombo, and their personnel administered City business and people affairs with expert capability and always in the spirit and intent of accurate, timely, and helpful customer service.

City Council, along with over 100 volunteers, staff boards, committees, and commissions who work at serving you our customers to the best of our ability.  Team Sycamore includes all of us as we work to improve City with excellent services and increased job and housing opportunities so that people can live, learn, work, worship, and play in the best place where “Life Offers More…………Sycamore.”

As I leave office April 2017 my hope is that a new mayor will be in the office every business day to answer the calls and be of assistance to whoever needs it.  People should consider asking voters for the mayor’s job over the next 2 years.  Thank you for another year of public trust and service for Sycamore.

P.J. Harrigan

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