Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Lake Worth Sister City Board meeting is next Monday

See the agenda below. And don’t forget, the next day (January 10th) is the City Commission meeting (no agenda as yet) which may be very dramatic—or maybe it will not be. Everyone will have to wait and see. Predictions seem to split 50/50.

If you recall, Commissioner Ryan Maier, also the Commission liaison to the Sister City Board, has unofficially/officially decided not to run for re-election in District 4. At the Commission meeting next Tuesday we just might learn why; the public has been kept in the dark since December 27th:

Then-citizen Ryan Maier, an image from his campaign literature. Maier is the current Commission liaison to the Sister City Board.

Whilst other cities like Boynton Beach see the importance of Sister Cities, our own Lake Worth Sister City Board and the board liaison, can’t make quorum and reach out to our Finnish friends in Lappeenranta. Here’s recent news by the Post’s Alexandra Seltzer with the headline: “Boynton Beach residents, meet your new sister from Finland”, two excerpts:

Boynton Beach residents: You have a new sister, and her name is Rauma.
     City officials this week agreed to becoming Sister Cities with Rauma, Finland.
     The two cities can connect on issues they both experience, part of a bigger national picture that goes back to the 1950s. [emphasis added] President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the Sister Cities International, a nonprofit, in 1956, and now cities all over the country have been partnered with communities across the world.

[and. . .]

     There are about 26,000 Finnish residents of Florida, and between 10,000 and 12,000 in Palm Beach County, Makila [Honorary Consulate of Finland Peter Makila] said. Traditionally, the Finnish residents have lived in Lantana and Lake Worth, but Makila said there has been a recent shift south of there.

The agenda for next Monday:

Sister City Board meeting
Monday, January 9th at 5:30 pm
City Hall Conference Room
1. Roll Call [cross your fingers!]
2. Goals and Objectives
3. Future Events
4. Discussion of New Sister Cities
5. Adjournment