Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development
I was just minding my own business.
Yesterday morning, I was at Tim Horton’s for a strategy meeting with Senior Services Director Karen Adcock for the Age-Friendly Auburn Hills program (set to start in January), when these three guys from our Department of Public Works walked in. Let me tell you … they’re a cool bunch of characters.
These men had just stopped by to get a quick cup of coffee. But, the way they interacted with the store’s staff was really neat. It reminded me how our City is still a small town in many ways. They were so friendly and kind to the staff.
I was just observing all this, when one of them came over to me. He said … “Hey, what’s happening Downtown? When’s that housing project going to get done?”
What occurred after that was fun. The group sat at our table and we talked about the Downtown and their ideas for how it should develop in the future … and what businesses were needed. They brought a different perspective to the table (literally) since they’re out in the field working and talking to people all the time. They see things I don’t. I told them about some of the cool, exciting projects we’ve been working on that they didn’t know – like the new road that’s being planned north of Auburn, between Squirrel and Adams. We learned a lot from each other in a short period of time.
It reminded me that when envisioning the future of our town, it might be smart to talk to the folks who are always “out and about” fixing the sewers and roads – more often – to learn their ideas for improving things.
As these men left to go back to work, both Karen and I looked at each other and said at the same time … “They’re really good guys!” It was obvious.
We have an outstanding team serving Auburn Hills – many people just like them – that care deeply about this place. It’s pretty special.