The city of Clawson has much to celebrate this year after passing two millages, maintaining fiscal stability and public safety and continuing the tradition of community events, Mayor Penny Luebs said in her State of the City address Wednesday morning.
Luebs delivered a speech in front of a crowd of city and school officials, business leaders and community members at City Hall. "We are in an era where local government is leaner and more agile," Luebs said. "We are driven by excellence and residents expect nothing less."
"We remain a creative can, do community," she said.
School Board President Kevin Turner delivered the State of the Schools address discussing the district's search for a new superintendent, school technology updates and Clawson Public Schools "points of pride."
Luebs focused much of her speech on the city's accomplishments and measurable progress.
- Clawson has become a member of the Oakland County Fire Mutual Aid and Oakland County Building Officials Association
- The Police Department continues with charitable programs such as the Stuff a Backpack Program and bowling fundraiser for a scholarship for Clawson students.
- Several new businesses have opened in Clawson, including Jerry's Famous Dogs, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Hips and Village Shoe Inn.
- Two millages were approved— one that allows the library to be independent and another that allows the city to maintain its services.
- The city is meeting Gov. Rick Snyder's mandates with a dashboard to increase transparency, collaborating with other entities (such as Troy), and working to implement changes in employee compensation.
- Working to improve the Rochester Road corridor for walkability and biking with the Rochester Road Access Management program.
Here are a few points from Turner's speech:
- School district revenues continue to match expenses.
- Enrollment is stable and predictable. There are 1,835 students in the district and one-third is school of choice.
- The district has purchased 900 new computers and 136 SMART Boards with the technology bond money.
Business leaders and volunteers honored
In the last part of Wednesday's event, the Chamber of Commerce presented awards to standout business leaders and community volunteers.
Business Person of the Year — Mary Liz Curtin and Stephen Scannell, owners of Leon & Lulu
Volunteer of the Year — Don Johnson, Relay for Life participant every year, volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society