September 13, 2012
Seventh Annual Awards Dinner Hosted by Midland Fire & Rescue
The Midland Fire Department's 7th annual awards dinner will be held on Thursday September 13th from 6pm to 8pm in the upstairs ballroom at Midland Country Club. This even is ticketed and seating is limited. Several attendees will be honored with the following awards:
Firefighter of the year
Officer of the year
Paramedic of the year
Rookie of the year
Awards of Commendation
Letters of Appreciation
City of Midland receives Transparency Award
The City of Midland was recognized by the Texas State Comptroller's office for effectively implementing financial transparency and was awarded a Leadership Circle Award for a third consecutive year.
The City of Midland has earned a Silver Leadership Circle Award by scoring 13 of 20 possible points on our ratings criteria. Director of Public Communications, Persephone Dakopolos notes that improvements can still be made by improving online accessibility. Dakopolos aims to work with city finance and comptroller staff when website improvements begin later this year.
City Utility Rates Approved in First Reading
The City of Midland approved in a 6-0 council vote to approve utility rates in their first council reading on September 9, 2012. Council will host a second reading on September 25, 2012. The public is invited to make comment before their council, during this time.
Rate increases are proposed as follows:
2k gallons = +$.36 / gal.
3k - 10k gallons = +$.24 / gal.
11k - 25 gallons = + $.69 / gal.
> 25k gallons = + $1.70 / gal.
City Council Expands to Include Midland Youth
Created in partnership with Community Services, staff and council, the mission of the Youth Advisory Council is to advise Midland City Council and staff on issues affecting youth today. As an important demographic, MYAC will represent youth by gathering concerns as well as addressing possible solutions. All middle or high school students, public or private, whom are residents of Midland, regardless of GPA, are eligible for participation.
Students will share in the local government process, become leaders of their peer group, and make valuable change in our community.
City Council Meetings Now Available by Tweet
Upon conducting a resident survey on accessibility, citizens of Midland requested that their city council meetings be more readily available. Working to utilize, more effectively, the social media systems the city currently employs, The Department of Public Communications (or citycom) has begun tweeting each council meeting.
Residents can find the agenda online at the city website(MidlandTexas.gov) , then follow along with public comment, council motions, and city actions with the click of a mouse. Just follow us on twitter (CityOfMidland). All council items will be marked #COMcouncil.
City of Midland Teams Up to "Toss the Boss"
The Buffalo Trail Council is once again taking fundraising to new heights! Over the Edge is a unique fundraising event, providing participants the thrilling chance of rappelling down a building in an exciting and completely safe environment. And that building just happens to be the first skyscraper in Midland, Wilco Building.
This year, Mayor Wes Perry has agreed to be tossed by the employees and residents of Midland. You can help "Toss the City Boss" by making donations at www.stayclassy.org/wesperry
Or you can always join him at the top by creating your own fundraising page at www.overtheedge4scouts.stayclassy.org
Mayor Perry will be tossed on October 3, 2012.
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