Mayor’s Message May 1, 2017
CONGRATULATIONS CUBA CITY!
Last Friday night, Cuba City was recognized with the Main Street Revitalization Award for Wisconsin cities under 5500 in population. The award was presented by the Wisconsin Downtown Development Corporation. Jason Scott, WEDC Downtown Development and Regional Director, presented the award to the city. It is an honor to be considered for the award, but to win it is fantastic. The revitalization award would not have been possible without the time, commitment, and help of everyone in Cuba City. I hope that everyone realizes what a great honor it is to have been chosen for this award from all the cities across Wisconsin. The list of people to thank is very long. When you are close to a situation, we sometimes do not realize what has been accomplished. Please stop and take a look of all that has been done and how great Cuba City and our Main Street looks.
Winning the award also gave the City the opportunity to thank some very deserving individuals and organizations for their commitment. It takes everyone to revitalize a city. The list of people and organizations to thank is very long and I hope I do not miss anyone. The Cuba City Chamber of Commerce has been one of the driving forces in helping revitalize Main Street. Tim Gile, Chamber President, accepted an award for everything the Chamber has been a part of. His leadership and dedication have been instrumental and I thank every Chamber Member for being a part of this award. From the signs entering the city, to the flower pots, waste containers, and for being a huge donor for our new Christmas lights, I thank every member. Being a member of the Chamber of Commerce is a great honor.
Donna Rogers and the City of Presidents Committee are to be commended for their many contributions to the city. Donna received an award for the countless hours she spends promoting Cuba City. She is a person that gets things done and we thank her for her dedication. The City of Presidents Committee has done a great job continuing the bicentennial theme as the “City of Presidents”. The shields that line Main Street and the Presidential Park near the caboose have visitors wanting to know the history of how we became that city. Hopefully soon we will have a Presidential Museum to go along with our theme.
Others recognized were the “Cubans of the Month”, the group of dedicated people who water and take care of the plants on Main Street, the owners and businesses that took advantage of our façade improvement grants, and everyone who has had a part in making Cuba City a great place to live and raise a family.
A big thank you to our EDD Bob Jones for his work and leadership, to the City Council members for their time and dedication to the City, to the Committees, Commissions, and Boards, to the great employees of Cuba City, to our Fire Department, to our Police Department, to the Cuba City Rescue Squad, and to anyone I may have missed for helping move Cuba City forward. Thank you to Dena Harris and the Tri-County Press for their great coverage of all City events, and to the Banfield’s Swiss Haus for the great meal and beautiful hall.