Menasha continues to grow and become stronger as a result of the faith that all of you have in our community and the tireless efforts of our City staff. Recent highlights include; the completion of One Menasha Center bringing hundreds of new people to our downtown on a daily basis. Substantial housing growth on the City’s east side, with the build-out of The Ponds subdivision nearly complete and renewed activity in Lake Park Villas. Menasha residents will enjoy two new playgrounds, an expanded off street trail system, and over one million dollars of street construction due to projects completed in 2016.
Even more good news; we are making faster progress than most of our neighboring communities! Our equalized values increased by 4% citywide over the past year. Values increased in both counties and new construction is at 1.6%. This compares favorably with our peer communities, whose equalized values increased anywhere from 1 - 4% with new construction in the range of 1.2 - 2.12%. Menasha is in a much stronger position today than one year ago.
This year the work to make Menasha a stronger community continues. We have just moved City Hall to 100 Main Street, strengthening our partnership with the Menasha Joint School District. The merger of administrative offices will create a more user friendly experience for residents and promote partnerships which save money and provide better service. We’ll be promoting community pride with the installation of a new entrance sign at the Racine Street roundabout and reinvigorating neighborhoods with another Rock the Block project on the west side of Doty Island. We will also be making strategic infrastructure updates to Shepard Park and will start construction on the Loop the Lake project.
We’ve accomplished a lot working together to make Menasha Strong! Let’s make 2017 another great year!