From the Desk of the City Admin – Winter 2017

From the Desk of the City Admin – Winter 2017

DATE: February  7, 2017
TO: City Council, Mayor, Staff and Community Members
FROM: Mary Garness, City Administrator
RE: Winter Quarterly Briefing

Dear Members of the Community:

Happy New Year!  Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous 2017!  As 2017 begins, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the extremely challenging yet rewarding year that has passed.  There have been numerous activities, including two major storms that have brought the community together creating a new sense of pride and respect for this place we call home next to the water.  It is …

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From the Desk of the City Admin – January 2017

From the Desk of the City Admin – January 2017

DATE: November  23rd, 2016
TO: City Council, Mayor, Staff and Community Members
FROM: Mary Garness, City Administrator
RE: Winter Quarterly Briefing

Dear Mayor Lewis, Members of the Common Council and Community:

It is my pleasure to present to the Council and the residents of Ashland the 2017 Budget. This budget reflects the cumulative efforts of City staff and elected officials to enhance Ashland’s quality of life through the provision of effective and efficient services.

Several factors have made the development of the 2017 Budget a challenge, notably State of Wisconsin imposed …

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From the Desk of the City Admin – June 2016

From the Desk of the City Admin – June 2016

DATE: June  7, 2016
TO: City Council, Mayor, Staff and Community Members
FROM: Mary Garness, City Administrator
RE: Spring / Summer Quarterly Briefing

Spring has sprung with trees and flowers breaking out in blossom providing a refreshing spring scent in the air. With spring, the slow, tired cycle of winter is broken and the warmth of the sun provides encouragement to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds us. This time of year also provides a welcoming sense of community as many residents and visitors come …

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From the Desk of the City Admin – February 2016

From the Desk of the City Admin – February 2016

DATE: February 2, 2016
TO: City Council, Mayor, Staff and Community Members
FROM: Mary Garness, City Administrator
RE: Items of Interest

The beginning of the year is always a great time to plan ahead, and time for me to communicate with you regarding some of the many upcoming projects and activities coming down the pipeline in 2016.  The City has a busy year ahead at all levels, whether it is about long-term planning, infrastructure improvements, or public safety.  2016 is shaping up to be a big year for our community. …

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From the Desk of the City Admin – 2016 Budget in Brief

From the Desk of the City Admin – 2016 Budget in Brief

DATE: January 25, 2016
TO: City Council, Mayor, Staff and Community Members
FROM: Mary Garness, City Administrator
RE: City of Ashland 2016 BUDGET-IN-BRIEF

Budget Overview

The City’s budget is intended to achieve the following objectives:

Policymaking—Establish policies with respect to priorities and service levels for municipal operations, by allocating scarce resources through the budgeting process.
Financial Management— Establish underlying financial policies and financial controls that are utilized by City staff to manage scarce resources.
Budgetary Control— Control and manage government operations in accordance with an approved budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available resources.
Management Tool— Provide an effective management device for all government activities. All City activities are funded through the budget, and the …

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