Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste
It's the season to be thankful for all the blessings in life. And for me, a big part of that is being thankful that I live in Rosemount and come in contact with so many people doing good work for the community in so many ways.
It's the time of the year for a great transition for Rosemount and many of its families. Our children are completing another year of school. Nearly 600 of them will embark on their biggest transition yet, as they graduate from high school. Some of the people who led their education are also making a change. Next week at the City Council meeting, we will give our commendation and best wishes to District 196 Superintendent Jane Berenz and RHS Principal John Wollersheim, who both will retire this summer.
As we move into spring and the landscape begins to green, we can marvel at the natural resources we're blessed with in Rosemount. I'd like to suggest three simple steps you can take to support our environment.
The Rosemount City Council is about to take action on a key document for how the City operates to serve you: the budgets for 2018. You can still have a voice in this process during the public hearing that the Council will open next week. City staffers began working on the budgets early this year, and my fellow Council members and I have been providing feedback to guide the process since the spring. The proposal is our best effort to balance services that citizens need and want with the demand to keep government affordable for our taxpayers.
Last weekend we enjoyed the celebration of one of the most important features of Rosemount, our public high school. The centennial of RHS marks a strong record of accomplishment by the students, staff, and boosters of the school. It's a strength of Rosemount that we have so many institutions with long histories of service to our community. And the list is not limited to our schools. We've been reminded recently of a couple of additional examples. They are local businesses that have stood the test of time.
The city of Rosemount's staff has been busy this summer working on the comprehensive plan for our community. We're required by state law to look 20 years into the future. And that's a tall order. I think about what it was like to do that 20 years ago. In the late '90s, Rosemount's population was about 14,000. Since then, we've added almost 10,000 residents. Almost three-quarters of our families today lived somewhere else back then.
We are in the midst of another successful Leprechaun Days celebration in Rosemount, and the crowds prove that our residents and our guests from out of town find this a highlight of the year for our community. We'll join another great community event next Tuesday night, spread out across Rosemount as neighbors get together at block parties during Night to Unite. It's a great way to enjoy one of our dwindling number of summer evenings, and to pick up tips on how to keep our families safe.