It has been a little over a year since I was sworn in as the Commissioner for District 3, and what a year it has been! I have finally stopped looking behind me when someone addresses me as Commissioner and feel like I have a better handle on what is expected of me by both the residents and my fellow Commissioners. As this is the time of year to be thankful and thoughtful, I thought I would share some of the highlights of the last year with you.
One of the first things I did as a Commissioner is to start this monthly e-newsletter, which I hope you find interesting and informative. My desire in doing a newsletter was to share what I do as your Commissioner to a wider audience. I send the newsletter out via email and I also share it on my Facebook page and on Nextdoor. I was the first Commissioner to do a monthly newsletter, however, others have started newsletters as well.
I have attended numerous trainings through the Broward League of Cities, the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities. Each training helped me gain a better understanding of my position. I was also able to hear from other elected officials from around the country who have different forms of city government, about how they handle issues similar to those we have in our City.
In addition, I have become involved in committees within these organizations that I believe are important to the residents of District 3 and the City as a whole. I am a member of the Legislative and Advocacy Committees of the Broward and Florida League. For the Florida League and the National League, I am a member of the Environmental Committee. With my background as an aide and analyst for the Florida Senate, I believe in being active in the legislative area to protect our City from bad legislation and to help promote good legislation.
Another thing I did shortly after being sworn in was to tour the schools that educate students from Tamarac. I wanted to know what programs were being offered and to see how the City could be a partner in education while understanding that as a city government, it was not our place to interfere in the public schools. I have been working on several initiatives involving the schools which aren’t ready to be unveiled yet; however, I am excited about one initiative that is close to fruition.
The City of Tamarac will be unveiling what we hope will be the first of many Little Libraries at the Tamarac Sports Complex on December 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm. This library will hold books appropriate for school-age children. It is a great opportunity for children who are at the park for a sibling’s game to read while at the park. I am looking to put some reading circles together as well.
I am thankful for the year past and appreciate the opportunity to represent the people living in District 3. I look forward to 2018 with more initiatives to come.