New Baltimore Showcased for Community Excellence

"Make New Baltimore Your Destination" effort recognized in statewide Michigan Municipal League community excellence award competition.

LANSING, Michigan – The city of New Baltimore was among 27 communities showcased on April 9 at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition during the League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing.

New Baltimore’s “Make New Baltimore Your Destination” effort was among seven presentations at the League’s Region 1 Roundtable, which includes all communities in the southeastern portion of the lower peninsula. The winning Region 1 entry was the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail “Come Paddle With Us” joint submission by the communities of Fenton, Holly and Linden. The other Region 1 nominations were Eastpointe’s Service Line Affordable Protection Program; Westland’s Core Shopping and Dining District; Plymouth’s Northville-Plymouth Fire Agreement, Rochester’s Main Street Makeover and Grosse Pointe’s Wellness Center and Patient Facility.

In the application about the project, New Baltimore Mayor Larry Smith explained that his five-square-mile community located on Anchor Bay at Lake St. Clair recently accomplished a number of projects. Those projects include completing a waste water plant; building and relocating the police station; expanding the library; constructing more than one mile of non-motorized bike/walking trails leading to the local high school; purchasing a new 24-foot-security boat; constructing  four new baseball diamonds; and constructing a new city park with walking trails on a 40-acre parcel of land.

“Our community did all these things and more while staying within budget for the past three years with a surplus of over $250,000 each year,” Smith said.

The 27 communities participating in this year’s CEA competition are Region 1 (southeast Michigan): Eastpointe, Linden/Fenton/Holly; Grosse Pointe, New Baltimore, Plymouth, Rochester, and Westland; Region 2 (central and southwest Michigan): Albion, Baroda/Bridgman/Berrien Springs, South Haven and St. Joseph; Region 3 (central-west Michigan): Belding and Whitehall; Region 4 (mid-Michigan): DeWitt, Ithaca and Mt. Pleasant; Region 5 (the thumb): Harbor Beach, Imlay City and Lexington; Region 6 (northern portion of the lower peninsula): Rogers City; and Region 7 (upper peninsula): Ironwood, Ontonagon, and Sault Ste. Marie. The winners from each region will now go on to compete for the statewide CEA title during the League’s Annual Convention September 18-20 in Detroit. The seven regional winners are Linden/Fenton/Holly, St. Joseph, Belding, DeWitt, Imlay City, Rogers City, and Ironwood.

The CEA program, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s communities.

For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or mbach@mml.org.

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.

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J. Jones April 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM
More reasons to re-elect this Mayor, when you see the list of accomplishments he has made for New Baltimore it is obvious he puts people before politics. Keep up the good work Mayor Smith and don't let the negative people get to you, they are jealous that you set goals and move the city forward, the council would like everything to be the same as it has for the past 20 years including them sitting in their chairs with arrogance disguised as politics.
Alice C Lewis April 26, 2013 at 02:14 AM
This is wonderful news for the city and for the folks that MADE this happen!! Kudos to the former mayor Mr. Goldenbogen, who had worked for many years on the bike path, Mrs. Thomas who along with the independent library board brought forth the library expansions. BayRama who donated the baseball diamonds, although the 4th has not yet been finished. A host of other wonderful people; a few being, Ken Butler, Larry Gingas, Judy Sproat, Mark Hackel and the Dept of Homeland Security for our docks! I've heard the saying...."It takes a village" and it sure holds true with this award! Everyone should be very proud!
Loretta April 28, 2013 at 01:57 PM
J. Jones, I think you are commenting on the wrong article. If not lets truly take the political angle out of this. Ms. Lewis is correct about this honor took a "village." This was the accomplishment of many individuals over a very long period of time, with the planning process(and various executions) having been started or in the works well before the current mayor took office. While he may have been at the helm while these accomplishments were completed, I would hardly accredit his vision or leadership for making all these things possible. Case in point, the boat docks (and the referenced police boat) were pioneered by a dedicated volunteer in our community, with significant help from Judy Sproat and members of the City Council. The wastewater treatment plant planning/renovation started a long time before Mayor Smith was in office (in fact I believe accusations were made against the form mayor during the election campaign). The four baseball diamonds were made possible due in large part to Bay Rama (and its dedicated committee and volunteers). These are just a couple of items. The point is, City Council, the Mayor, the various city commissions, community volunteers, etc, over the last 10+ years have made this city what it is. It is also these individuals who are moving the city forward. Credit should be given to the "village" who have been working these accomplishments for many years, no just one individual over the last elected term or two.


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