Pleasant Hill -- Why it is the center of everything.
It takes a lot of hard work to make Pleasant Hill the community we all know and love.
The city of Pleasant Hill has more than 100 people who are part of that hard work -- either serving on one of our eight city commissions and committees, representing the city in regional committees or volunteering whenever and wherever the opportunity presents.
These fine citizens devote countless hours to ensure Pleasant Hill remains a great place to live, work and conduct business.
At the risk of omission, here's a capsule of the contributions our volunteers make.
The program provides transportation for senior residents at low cost five days per week, mostly for medical appointments to and from Kaiser and other facilities in Central Contra Costa.
This year we have had 26 friendly and reliable volunteers working as drivers and dispatchers.
Volunteer tasks range from filing, archiving records and other clerical and support duties, to vacation house checks, grass-roots emergency preparedness efforts in the CERT program, crime prevention via arrangement of Neighborhood Watch meetings, and to chaplains who provide nondenominational support to staff and community members.
This body spends many late-night hours deliberating over issues they recognize will have an impact many years later.
As an alumnus of this commission, I am keenly aware of and grateful for their commitment and dedication to our community.
I applaud their efforts to continually improve the look and feel of our city.
This commission's stated mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents, but in reality they're our community builders and amazing event planners.
They organize (and clean up after) our summer concerts at City Hall, host Community Service Day, and assist with Light up the Night in downtown Pleasant Hill, among other events.
When I was elected to City Council last year I was pleased to pass the broom (there is no gavel) to Sheila Cotruvo.
The commission has organized many forums and educational events over the past six years, and its members are actively involved in the recently established Pleasant Hill Education Initiative.
The three-member board and staff, assisted by the Engineering Division, do an excellent job of keeping the system operational and communicating with affected residents.
These volunteers and donate thousands of hours each year working to create a spectacular Fourth of July celebration and to improve our library, our regional parks, trails and transportation to name but a few.
Much of the work of all city volunteers goes unseen -- work that often means many late nights spent deliberating on important issues, organizing special events and festivals, hosting educational forums and workshops, and attending countless meetings on behalf of the city.
In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to acknowledge and express my gratitude to each of these volunteers, and their families, for their selfless and generous contributions that they make every day.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and wishing you the best in 2014!
Timothy M. Flaherty is the mayor of Pleasant Hill. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.