It’s a new year and by now I imagine everyone has begun working on their resolutions. Some of us may have only made it a few days before thinking, “I’m much too busy to exercise or eat healthy.” I hope those of you that are still going are able to stick it out and accomplish your goals.
Over the last month I have thought a lot about taking time to add up the good things in life. I was reminded again in January how short life can be when we lost one of our great employees. Craig Barratt, parks supervisor in our Public Works Department, passed away at only 41. Lehi City benefitted from his service for 10 years, and never was there a more passionate and hardworking employee. Our hearts go out to the Barratt family for the loss of their husband, father, brother, and son. We will miss him greatly.
Lehi City has many good things to add up. We have great employees that work hard to keep our city safe and clean and who provide necessary utilities and services for our residents. The city is gearing up for a new year with planning in all of our departments. We have some exciting projects coming down the line this year. Check out the city website for the 2017 Annual Report, which provides a summary of 2016 accomplishments and 2017 planned projects.
We also have some great young people in our city who have achieved much this past year. My hat goes off to the young men and women who have excelled in school, dance, sports, scouts, and various other activities. Keep it up, you are the best. We don’t have to worry about who the next generation of leaders will be. We are in good hands with these young people.
We may not always realize it, but we are blessed to have every inch of snow that has fallen. A lot of snow in the winter means water in the summer. All of this moisture is sure to make for a good year. I hope it keeps coming and that it melts slowly this spring. Our streets division is hard at work plowing snow and filling potholes. Please be patient as they work. Don’t even think about passing a snow plow or pulling out in front of one. If you do, you’ll lose. The trucks are big and heavy and they don’t stop on a dime.
We are also fortunate to have a quality library that offers a number of programs to our residents. I would like to invite everyone to attend the Lehi Library Gala on February 17 at the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn, featuring the Bar J Wranglers, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. If you have never seen them come check it out. If you have seen them, we will look forward to seeing you again. This supports a great cause and it’s a fun-filled evening of family entertainment. Get your advance tickets at the Lehi Library.
Take the time to add up the good things in life and the bad things won’t even count. Love your families, hug a kid, smile when it hurts, complain less and do more.
Sincerely Mayor Wilson