Danville Express

Perspective - January 12, 2007

Mayor reaches out

Mr. Mayor brews a mean cup of coffee. Mayor Mike Shimansky was the host at an informal get-together last Friday morning at Father Nature's for any resident of Danville who wanted to come and talk about the town. The Town Manager and the Police Chief were also there to answer questions. Shimansky said he didn't know what to expect; he thought it might just be the three of them.

More than a dozen residents came to the informal gathering to ask questions, voice concerns, and learn about plans under way in town. Shimansky said he got the idea for the coffees when he was campaigning for re-election and residents told him they didn't know about things until "it was too late." This is a casual way for everyone to find out about town plans in their early stages, as well as to let the mayor and other city officials know what's on their minds.

Danville is very good about communication with its residents. Town Council members take turns manning a booth at the Saturday Farmers Market on Railroad Avenue. They not only listen to concerns, they attend to them by contacting the appropriate staff person first thing Monday morning. Councilman Mike Doyle was also at Shimansky's coffee last Friday. Fifteen years ago, then-Mayor Doyle instituted something similar by having coffee at a restaurant on Hartz Avenue each morning where folks could join him.

Shimansky's coffee klatches will be held the first Friday of each month; the next one is scheduled for 7:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 3, again at Father Nature's on East Prospect Avenue. Come with questions, concerns, to see what's new, or just to meet the mayor. Given this added opportunity to be informed, people can't complain that they didn't hear about things until "it was too late." The gathering makes an interesting start of the day for any Danville resident - and the coffee is good, too. •


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