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Feb 16

When We Work Together

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 4:44 PM by Melinda Mayo

Probably more than any time in recent memory, over the course of the past year we have witnessed various segments of our Community come together to address a myriad of issues:  From virtual learning academies to help children required to learn remotely to ensuring the most in need have access to food; and from fundraising to enable completion of the largest playground in the City to church members helping their fellow congregants get pre-registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.  I wanted to use this post to highlight a few recent examples of City employees working together for the betterment of the community.

Fostering a Firehouse Dog

Over this past weekend, the Trojan Dog sculpture was returned to its home in front of the newly constructed Fire Station 7 in Grandin Village.  For more than a year, the sculpture has been resting in front of the Raleigh Court Branch Library under the watchful eyes (and care) of library staff.  The return trip was itself a partnership of Fire-EMS personnel, neighbors to the fire station, and local media.  

Answering the Call

Last week staff from the Main Library and Melrose Branch along, with the City’s COVID Support Specialist, spent a portion of Friday morning answering phone calls, helping residents get pre-registered for upcoming neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine clinics. The clinics are a collaboration between the City, the local health district, and dozens of Community members and partners.  This effort was further supported by the Community Engagement Manager and Emergency Management personnel, and will help ensure 200 of our elderly neighbors gain timely access to the vaccine.

Going Digital 

Last week also saw the opening of the Crystal Spring Library E-branch, the first of its kind in Virginia.  This facility was the result of collaboration between the Libraries, City Engineering, and residents from the surrounding neighborhood, and eventually will include further collaboration with the Arts Commission and area youth.  This collaboration has resulted in increased access to library products and services in an area long lacking such services.

These are but a few of the most recent examples of teamwork among various City employees and departments.  It is an honor to work alongside so many employees dedicated to serving the public’s interest and well-being.  As has oft been said, actions like these are what makes this Star City an All-America City!


— Bob Cowell


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