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Viewpoint: Connect through Midsummer Faire, Night to Unite

By Logan Martin, Rosemount City Administrator

This week we are enjoying another of our great community celebrations that make Rosemount such a vibrant place to live. The 2018 version of Leprechaun Days is entertaining folks of all ages and drawing many from other communities.

Here at City Hall, our parking lot is transforming into a carnival. The Midsummer Faire will run Friday and Saturday, leading up to the fireworks Saturday night. You'll want to get a vantage point early in Central and Erickson parks for the aerial show, which has been called one of the best in the metro.

The Faire is a wonderful way to get your fill of treats and take a couple of carnival rides. But there are also several booths set up for local businesses and community groups to talk with people.

One of those groups will be our Rosemount City Council. Council members tell me they've had great fun through the years meeting their constituents at the Faire. The Council will have a member or two in the booth 5-9 p.m. Friday and 1-8 p.m. Saturday, and you'll want to stop by to see a slideshow of current projects in town or to find your property on the big map, all while getting some must-have Rosemount swag.

Share ideas

Next to the council will be a booth for the Rosemount Environment and Sustainability Task Force. They'll have some fun, interactive activities to try and opportunities to learn about energy saving tips. Also, be sure to pick up a free "water saving kit" of fun gadgets for your home, donated by Minnesota Energy!

We try to give our citizens many ways to make their voices heard throughout the year. But the informal setting of the Faire appeals to folks who have a question for the council or an idea to share for our city.

As always, there's a lot to talk about. The council is busy putting together the budget for next year. Our Parks and Public Works crews have a full plate creating facilities in Rosemount's neighborhoods, like new fields at the Flint Hills complex and a new park at Horseshoe Lake. And the number of those neighborhoods keeps growing with the boom in housing.

Volunteers and neighbors

Come Sunday, when Leprechaun Days ends, we will thank the volunteer committee that works so hard and accomplishes so much to bring this community celebration to life. Simply put, the city could not host this event without this legion of volunteers, so a hearty thank you is well deserved!

And just ahead, there's another important event to strengthen our community. Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Night to Unite in neighborhoods across Rosemount.

Council members and I will be hitching rides with Rosemount Police, Fire, and Public Works departments to visit as many block parties as we can that evening between 6:30 and 9:30. That's a tall order — there were 44 parties last year. And there's always room for more; in fact, if you're reading this before the Friday deadline, you can still register a party at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/ntu.

For the evening of the 7th, we ask that you turn on your outside lights, get outside, and join your neighbors to build a sense of community and to trade tips on ways to prevent crime. Studies and experience show that just getting to know your neighbors a little better can make a big difference in keeping our community safe.

As city crews drive around, they will offer to collect donations for the food shelf. And you'll have another chance to speak with council members about what's on your mind.

I look forward to hearing your ideas, and just saying hello. It's what makes Rosemount such a great place to live.

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