The meteorologists say we Minnesotans earn our summers. That seems especially true after the winter we endured this year. In Rosemount, we give you plenty of choices to put these warm days to good use. The farmers market is underway in the parking lot on the south side of the Community Center, Tuesdays from 1-5 p.m. As we get deeper into the growing season, you'll see the number of vendors' tents multiply, but there are always fresh produce and other goodies to discover.
One of the exciting challenges of a growing community is to provide the facilities and services that citizens want and need. One of the benefits is that we can work from a clean sheet of paper and we have more people to provide ideas and help cover the costs. At the city of Rosemount, we are working hard to address these opportunities in the planning for an indoor recreation center, which we continue to hear is something residents desire.
Springtime brings a sense of renewal to our community — from our yards to our homes, and for some of us to our fitness plans as we find it easier to get outside and move. The same is true for city government in Rosemount. I had the honor of delivering our state of the city message last week, and it was full of the steps we are taking to maintain and build on the quality of life in our community. Later that day, our City Council approved its revised goals and initiatives to benefit Rosemount.
I often write about how strong the quality of life is in Rosemount. Of course, you'd expect to hear that from the mayor. So it's gratifying when an independent source says the same thing. Good news came again this month.
Many of us start the new year with renewed energy and a sense of purpose. That's also the way 2019 is beginning for Rosemount city government. And there's a way you can help us keep the energy flowing. We were joined on the City Council this month by two new members who are busy learning from the inside about how the city operates. Tammy Block and Paul Essler are providing fresh voices and perspectives on what our government should accomplish for citizens. They are sharing their views on what our priorities should be.
The end of the year and the start of a new one is always a time of transition in our lives. And the same is true in the life of our city. This year, it's especially a time of transition for our City Council. Two of my colleagues on the council will end their terms, and two citizens will take their places. All of us will work to maintain Rosemount's quality of life. On New Year's Eve, Mark DeBettignies will conclude 16 years as a council member.
With summer in full swing, many of us are taking or planning vacations. But some of the best opportunities for fun are close to home in Rosemount, and many are free. Much of our community's quality of life comes from events that bring us together. Some of the best opportunities come during the summer. We saw that last week in the wide variety of activities staged by the Rosemount Area Arts Council for its ArtBlast. And there's much more to come in the weeks ahead.
As we on the Rosemount City Council consider the issues and opportunities before our community, we know that the decisions we make will only be as good as the information and feedback that go into them. That's why the council this year has set a goal to intensify our emphasis on public engagement. We saw the benefits of bringing more people into the work of city government during last week's council meeting. We heard a report on the accomplishments of the Environment and Sustainability Task Force that we assembled last year.
We live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. That's what our license plates say, and that's where many of us have enjoyed great vacations. But there's another source of water that I'm asking our citizens to protect. I find that many people are surprised that the water we drink in Rosemount comes not from a surface lake, nor from the Mississippi River on our northeastern border. It comes from aquifers — natural underground reservoirs — hundreds of feet below Earth's surface.
Last month I shared with you some of the work we on the Rosemount City Council are doing to set the community's goals for the next five years. I want to give you a closer look at the details of a longer-range effort — and let you know how your voice can be heard on these critical issues for the future of our hometown.