Administrative Professionals’ Day is today and it should not go by without taking the time to recognize the outstanding customer services provided by the Meridian Township Administrative Professionals. Not only do they play a vital role in our day-to-day operations, but they are the real backbone of our day-to-day customer services.
Reflecting back on 2015 I recall many instances where our team members went Above and Beyond the day-to-day job duties. There are too many examples to mention each one, but there are a few that fully express how the entire team came together with a positive attitude and positive leadership.
Meridian Township is prepared to begin removing brush following the July 8th storm. We realize the hardship the storm placed on homeowners in Meridian who went without power and damage to trees and homes. Township staff worked closely with Consumers Energy and Lansing Board of Water & Light to restore power to homes as quickly as possible. We thank them for their expeditious efforts.
Staff worked at maximum levels to help residents in need and provide quick and timely communications. Also in response, the Meridian Township Board made the call to collect limbs and brush due to the storm damage. We have contracted with Redwood Landscaping who will be in the area beginning Monday morning July 18 to begin picking up storm brush. We will start north of Grand River Avenue (Wardcliff) on Monday, July 18. This is not a tree removal program.
Our goal is to complete the brush pick-up in 2 weeks. Please follow these simple steps:
Place all brush in a neat pile next to the street by 8 AM, Monday, July 18.
Do not place debris from a tree removal as private tree removal is the responsibility of the homeowner.
Residents who had large limbs and trees come down during the storm on Friday, July 8th must contract with a local service for removal.
Only place storm related brush near the street. At a cost of $3,000 per day we are sensitive to this issue.
Any illegal dumping on Township property (parks, land preserves ect.) will be fully prosecuted.
This is a Meridian Township Board project. We thank the Township Board for providing this service to the residents of Meridian Township who experienced storm damage and we thank our residents for their cooperation and for helping keep Meridian a Community of Choice.
My father, Carleton Walsh, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 until 1955. My brother is my only sibling and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008. My father was stationed in Greenland and my brother spent a lot of time in Okinawa.
I grew up in a family where military service was a mainstay. Growing up in a military family taught me the respect of the American flag and the importance of properly displaying the flag. I remember my father would show up at my doorstep, no matter which home I lived in, with a flag in hand. That meant a lot to me. I participate in the Kiwanis Club of Haslett flag program which hangs flags six times a year. The “Flags Over Meridian” programbrings back memories of the honor and respect my father taught me.
Ironically, the bridge completion on Okemos Road is expected to be on Flag Day, June 14th. This Memorial Day weekend, we hang the “Flags Over Meridian” to honor all those who serve and we thank them for their service.
I encourage you to take part in one of two Memorial Day Services being held in the Township on Monday, May 30th. The Township offices will be closed that day as we spend the day in remembrance, honor and tribute to those who have sacrificed for our country.
Over the past few months our TEAM has drafted a 2016 Action Plan and Strategic Plan including Township-wide projects. The Township Board has spent hours vetting the goals and objectives to create a unified blueprint for 2016. I want to give credit to the board and staff for their hard work,passion anddetermination put into this massive undertaking. We have not seen anything like this yet and we look forward to our commitment that our efforts are in line with continuing to make Meridian a Community of Choice. Continue reading “2016 Township Plan”→
Due to the many days of rainfall we’ve had, the reconstruction of our municipal parking lot project has fallen behind schedule. The high level of accumulation we’ve experienced has caused failing drainage structures and poor soil conditions, putting us further behind.
Today, we welcome another new business to the Township, Premier Dance Company in Haslett who is hosting a grand opening tonight. We’re happy to be a community of choice for businesses and we’re happy to see these openings as a sign of the economy going up and thriving in Meridian Township. We appreciate the investments new and long-time established businesses have made in redeveloping sites that were vacant, signing new lease agreements where space was once vacant, as well as upgrading and renovating existing sites. Continue reading “Pardon our Dust: Township Improvements”→
I am proud to be an Honorary Chair of this year’s Parkinson’s Walk-a-Thon for the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. I think most of us know someone who is living with Parkinson’s. I give my sole to Parkinson’s on Saturday, August 8th in honor of Ron Momany of St. Joseph. Ron was the Finance Director/Clerk in St. Joseph, and I had the pleasure of working with him in the mid-90’s. Ron was diagnosed with Parkinson’s around 10 years ago. He is not alone in his journey and I invite you to walk with us this Saturday to show support.Continue reading “I Give My Heart and Sole: Parkinson’s 5K Walk and Run”→
I remember my first job when I was 10 years old. For three summers in a row, I worked at Gee Farms in Stockbridge picking green beans. This job really taught me the value of hard work. The more beans you picked, the more money you made. My second job as a Dishwasher at Bill Knapps taught me the value of good customer service and loyalty to the company. I worked there for 9 years throughout high school and college and it was more than the free birthday cake that kept me there, it was a love for the company and work ethic development. Continue reading “Meridian Welcomes Open Doors of Opportunity”→
Building a Solid Foundation Behind Every Municipal Project
As I enter my 30th year in municipal service and look forward to the projects Meridian is on track to complete this year, I tend to reflect on the numerous people I’ve worked with and the long lasting relationships that have been built over the years.
It’s the relationships I’ve made that stand out above everything else. Collectively working on projects not only contributes to a sense of pride and community placemaking, but I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to build long lasting relationships from those projects. Building community spirit far outweighs the projects themselves. When we work together and build together, the gain is significant. Right now, in Meridian, we are doing just that with the Okemos Road Redevelopment Project, the New Central Fire Station, and the new Pedestrian Pathway Bridge over the Red Cedar connecting the community together.
I treasure what is to come in Meridian and the relational opportunities while serving here.
When I think about my former days, so many relationships stand out to me like working with former Jackson City Manager Bill Buchanan who gave me an opportunity to learn, listen and grow from my mistakes. While Bill and I have both moved on in our careers, our relationship has remained steadfast. Recently, Bill invited me to his retirement in Kansas from his position as Sedgwick County Manager. It touched my heart that he remembers our time together.
I also think about the early 90’s when I served as City Manager in Cedar Springs where my family formed a lifelong friendship with former Mayor Linda Hunt. Today, we keep in touch through Facebook, but it seems like yesterday when she attended the most important day of my life; my wedding on January 2, 1993. In 2012, I was honored to be asked to help Cedar Springs find a new city manager.
While in St. Joseph for 17 years, many valuable projects were completed. But it is the relationships, not the bricks and mortar, which added to a solid foundation for my career, and one in which I cherish as I build new relationships in Meridian Township.
As my family and I attend graduation open houses and weddings this summer, it is the relationships newly formed and long lasting that are a testament to the true foundation behind the projects for each of the communities I’ve served and am currently serving in Meridian. We have so many wonderful projects in Meridian, and I look forward to continuing to build more relationships on top of the ones that have already begun. I want to thank the hospitality the Meridian Team received while in St. Joseph during our annual team building; Laurie Moore, Bonnie Lewis, Christopher Heugel, Ken Kaszubowski and Carla Sykora, Janet and Phil Dykstra, Chris Cook, Mayor Mike Garey, Lisa Czanko Bartoszek, Retired President of Whirlpool Bill Marohn, Director of Global Communications for Whirlpool Corporate Headquarters, Jeff Noel and last but not least, St. Joseph Today Executive Director, Jill Stone.