During the May 4, 2015 City Council meeting, Mayor Harry Rediger presented a proclamation honoring May 4-8 as Local Government Week in Cape Girardeau. The proclamation read as follows:
Whereas, local government is the backbone of our democracy and the bedrock of our political system; and a testimony to liberty, freedom and the right to elected self-government; and
Whereas, citizens of Missouri rely upon local governments to deliver essential community services such as clean water, police and fire protection; and
Whereas, the continued success of our local governments in meeting the needs of our citizens is a key element in maintaining the overall quality of life in Missouri; and
Whereas, the rich tapestry of local governments in Missouri is represented by thousands of hardworking citizen officials, many of whom serve without compensation; and
Whereas, through education and awareness, the importance of local governments can be communicated to citizens, state legislators and the news media; and
Whereas, recognition of local governments’ accomplishments will give Cape Girardeau residents a better understanding of how essential local services are provided; and
Whereas, establishing an annual “Local Government Week” would focus attention on the need for strong, independent and active local government in this State and recognize the valuable contributions made by residents serving their communities in public office; and
Whereas, to celebrate Local Government Week and to involve the public in their local government, Cape Girardeau hosted Friends of the Park Day and celebrated Youth In Government Day.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby proclaim May 4th-8th, 2015, as Local Government Week.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, this 4th day of May, 2015.