Mayor Kim’s Corner

Keeping Our Community Tidy, Welcoming Baby Goslings, and May Celebrations

Hello again from Mayor Kim Johnson.

Despite the wet Spring there are a lot of things happening around our great community.  I’m excited to mention a few in this month’s column.

With a wet Spring comes fast growing lawns.

We want to keep our community looking beautiful so please try to keep up with lawn mowing. Now I know that is easier said than done. I continue to learn about our city ordinances, one regarding junk in our yards. Chapter 51 of our city code pertains to junk and junk vehicles and provides descriptions for both categories. If you have ‘stuff’ laying around your property, please refer to this chapter to decide what should be removed in a timely manner.

Spring has also brought the birth of baby goslings at the Grotto but I learned they don’t stay long.

Overall, I say ‘thank goodness’ because Mom and Dad Canadian geese are very LOUD at my house but the babies were sure cute. Also, I was very excited to hear that Paula and Peter, our new swan couple, as now making the Grotto pond their home.

May brings several celebrations for all of us.

Mother’s Day is a special day for many of us. As I remember my mom, celebrate myself as a mom but most importantly, the immense thankfulness for the gift of motherhood for my daughter who struggles with infertility. It’s also heartwarming to send a Mother’s Day ‘note’ to all the young moms that live in my neighborhood.  High school graduation is upon us and I wish all the seniors the best of luck as they open life’s next chapter, whatever that may be. Memorial Day is also a very important day to honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Please think about attending the local ceremony and fireman’s breakfast that weekend.

Thank you again for all your support and positive comments I receive on this column.

If there is anything you would like me to be doing as your Mayor, please reach out.  Be assured that there is no cost for this column.  We are very fortunate to still have an actual newspaper that serves our community.  Feel free to contact me at any time at my email ( or you can reach me by phone at 320-241-4770.