If you were unable to make it to the Millcreek Open House on January 24th, I wanted to give you a look inside our new office space and introduce you to some of our Millcreek City Staff. The new space houses our front office team, communications and programs staff, engineering staff, building permit reviewers and inspectors, community development staff and planners, economic development team, business licensing staff, emergency manager, code inspectors, City services director, City recorder, City manager and an office for the Mayor.
Our goal in expanding the office space is save tax money by bringing these services in house while providing better, more efficient services to Millcreek residents; having these services in-house eliminates some costly contracts.
Our new Council Chambers can seat about 120 people with some additional room in an overflow area. We found that Millcreek residents are interested in being involved and attending our meetings. Our original chamber space proved too small to accommodate the interest of our citizens — a good problem to have for a City! I’m thrilled that so many people attend our meetings and are engaged with what is happening in Millcreek.
The new Chambers also have a much improved sound system and better video capabilities which will enhance our Facebook streaming. You can watch any of our City Council meetings live on facebook.com/MillcreekCity/.
You can now apply for a business license or building permit online through our website Millcreek.us, or if you prefer, you can come into the City offices and use the computers there to apply. Staff is available to help if you have any questions.
We have some great Millcreek-specific artwork on our walls, thanks to the efforts of Mike Winder, our City Economic Development Director.
We have a lot of blank halls that still need artwork. If you are an artist and would like to share your work to hang at City Hall for a bit, please let me know.
Our former council chambers is now our Promise Room. It’s a great space for public open houses, such as this one on our City Center. We will also be using this room regularly for our Promise Leadership Committee meetings.
Our Promise Program is up and running! The after school program at Mill Creek Elementary will begin soon. We currently have over 20 Millcreek residents volunteering to read with kids, helping to improve student literacy and comprehension. If you are interested in volunteering, contact program director Ashley Cleveland.
If you are in the neighborhood, I hope you will drop by City Hall to look around and say “hi”. Our goal is to serve you and we want to make doing business with Millcreek an easy and enjoyable process.