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It was nice to get a hand written note from the Cavalcade Staff. Believe it or not, I still have my Cavalcades, though they are not regularly referenced. I know the work that went into producing the 2014 edition will be under appreciated by their classmates now, but no doubt appreciated greatly in the future.
In October I pressed the Town Council to move forward with an Action Plan to start implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. Unfortunately the first meeting scheduled was a bust and at the next Council meeting discussion of another meeting got tabled until after the first of the year. I understood why the Action Plan meeting was put off until after the first of the year, but I think there are discussions that can be had now. The Town Board, Plan Commission and Redevelopment Commissions are the ultimate arbitrators of how this moves forward. I put the following thoughts down in an email to chairs of those entities in hopes of getting this moving forward.
Low/No Dollar Action Plan for the next six months:
At a meeting Thursday evening I was asked why MCEDC (Marshall County Economic Development Corporation) is included in the Affordable Housing Task Force for Culver and I didn’t give you the best answer. Let me see if I can do better here.
One of the things that came from the MCEDC BEAR meetings was the need for more good employees. In the last six months the unemployment rate in Marshall County has dropped another percentage point to 4.5%. (Doug Anspach, former PEDC Director, used to say that at 4% unemployment everyone that is able and willing to work is working.) Since no one is stepping up to address this employment issue, we have added “Workforce Development” as one of our four main action items in the MCEDC strategic plan. Housing is just one of the issues that needs to be addressed under workforce development.
A while back I wrote about my grandfather being interviewed by students from the Weidner School of Inquiry regarding his service in World War II. The exhibit at the Marshall County Museum that resulted from this is open. This is a flyer for the Open House a couple of weeks ago. That’s my grandfather as the poster boy for the event! Unfortunately my grandfather was recovering from double pneumonia at the time and didn’t get to attend. Stop by and check it out. My grandfather turned 100 this year. There are not many WWII veterans still around. We need to learn from them and remember them.