This is my first effort to collect my thoughts and let you, the folks of Hominy, see how things look from my perspective as City Manager. My purpose is to inform you of what is happening and give you a bit of insight to the decision factors that influence me. I hope you find it informative and maybe a bit fun.
I will start off by discussing two items this week. One is this very article. I received a load of requests to know what is going on. I have mentioned the posting in this newspaper and many times hear “Oh, I don’t read the paper.” Why not? This is the information I would subscribe to if I were you. As a matter of fact, I have been a subscriber for many years before taking the job with the city. I actually subscribe to four publications to keep up with county activities and differing perspectives on key topics that will appear, in all of them to get a better “rounded” perspective of things.
The City has a website. We are refreshing it. Here, you can click and add yourself, to what I call, ‘robo call’ emergency updates. Water and power outages, storm warnings that are local, will ring on your phone to let you know what is happening. You can also read about meeting announcements, current information, and contact information.
There is a City of Hominy Facebook presence. This will also share similar “late breaking” announcements. Finally, I plan to continue a quarterly “Meet the City Manager” gathering; similar to the one I hosted and advertised, for Oct. 8 at the Hominy Community Center. Twenty-two folks showed up and we covered many topics.
This leads me into the second item, one of the topics I discussed. While picking up speed as any “newbie” and dealing with the unscheduled and urgent issues of every day, my focus is on our infrastructure improvement, long term. This would be our water system and electric grid. Our City’s safety is also of great importance, and we have outstanding Fire, Police and EMS personnel who are dedicated to responding to emergencies in our community.
I will drill down into the details as we go along in future editions, but I will leave this as a general overview and introduction. In closing, I would like to say I am so impressed with the employees who serve this community. From the front desk of City Hall to the folks mowing, and working electric, water, sewage, senior center, and staff our library, all I have engaged with are truly dedicated to serve. We are blessed.
Hominy City Manager