Do you know where your water goes after it goes down the drain? Do you know what it takes to treat the water that you drink? Or who takes care of the streets you drive? Or who plans, designs, manages streets projects? Many of us pay taxes each year without understanding the answers to questions like these. We want to help you understand your community and what makes it work. This is why we are introducing the Number YourBigLake campaign.
Number YourBigLake is a series of tours, Facebook Q&A sessions, open houses, and more. All are welcome to join in these events to learn more about your City of Big Lake, and what makes so many of the things around you work!
So far we have scheduled the following events:
Facebook Q&A with City Administrator Clay Wilfahrt
City Facebook Page November 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.
As City Administrator, Clay is appointed by the City Council to lead the City staff and oversee the overall mission of the City. Clay will be on the City’s Facebook page and have a conversation with residents. Clay will spend an hour responding to resident questions about the City of Big Lake. Residents can ask questions about anything happening with the City, and Clay will spend some time answering them.
Facebook Q&A with Chief Joel Scharf
City Facebook Page December 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Chief of Police Joel Scharf will be on the Police Department’s Facebook page to have a conversation with residents and take the opportunity to answer any questions. The Chief will spend an hour responding to residents' questions about the Big Lake Police Department.
Water Treatment Plant Tour
Staff will be available to provide tours of the City’s Water Treatment Facility. Built in 2007, the plant was designed to keep the water consumed by Big Lake residents safe for consumption. Learn why the plant is necessary, and what makes it operate. If you wish to attend, please send your name, phone number, address, and whether you prefer an a.m. or p.m. tour to Cathy Lindberg via email.. Review additional information about the Water Treatment Plant.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
When water leaves your house or businesses, that is the beginning of a long and complicated process for the City to treat the water to get it clean enough to emit into the Mississippi River. Come learn how the City turns your wastewater into water that is clean enough to put into the river! If you wish to attend, please send your name, phone number, address, and whether you prefer an a.m. or p.m. tour to Cathy Lindberg via email. View additional information about the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Facebook Q&A with Mayor Raeanne Danielowski
City Facebook Page January 4 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Mayor Danielowski will be on the City's Facebook page to have a conversation with residents and take the opportunity to answer any questions. The Mayor will spend an hour responding to residents' questions about the City of Big Lake.
Open House about state of City finances
January 11 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Finance Director Deb Wegeleben will give an update of the City’s financial situation. Deb and her finance staff put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the financial stability and well being of the City. Deb will explain what drives costs, and why the City’s budget looks the way it does. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of this meeting.
Tour of City Hall
Join several City Hall staff for a 30 minute tour of City Hall with brief descriptions of the staff and what they do. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the tour. A specific date will be provided in the future.
Tour of the Big Lake Public Works Facility
March 22 at 6 p.m.
The Public Works Department will be opening their doors to the Public. Come learn about the facility that houses all of the equipment for snowplowing, streets maintenance, parks maintenance, and more!