By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
In speaking at the recent Lion’s Club meeting, city manager Barry Sullivan praised the efforts of the Gainesville club through their service to the community and for their focus on providing eye care and glasses to those in need.
“Although traditionally Gainesville is a conservative town, it is also the most giving city that I have had the privilege of being associated with,” Sullivan said. “People here give not because they have to but because they want to.”
Regarding city matters, Sullivan also spoke of a new practice of thinking known as “Lean” that is being used in progressive city governments that are always looking for ways to serve their constituents more effectively and less expensively.
He explained that Lean is a system of thinking and way of working that emphases reducing waste in both time and material costs while providing the same or enhanced value to the community or company. The lean program also uses frontline workers that have unique insights into how work is performed and to advise alternative methods or
“We have been using the Lean system in making decisions on regular operations in the city one example being the lengthy and expensive steps that have to be taken in the demolition of buildings,” he said. “It didn’t use to be much of an expense or problem but since the city council has set goals to clean up the town and tear down structures that need to be gone, the cost of doing so had risen so much that we needed to analyze our processes.”
Sullivan said that the overall goal is to provide a healthy and safe environment for the community and that workers have already demolished 28 residential structures this year and five city owned buildings. The original goal of the council was the demolishment of 20 houses so Sullivan believes that they have surpassed the original goal by analyzing the original procedures and coming up with better more cost effective ways.
“We have been approached by a private business that has torn down these older properties in exchange for the salvage they recover. Excluding left over concrete, they haul away any excess trash and debris at a definite cost savings for the city.
In other Lion’s Club business, the 3rd annual golf tournament on July 20 will consist of a two person scramble event with cost per team of $135 or $65 per player. Interested parties can contact the Gainesville golf course to sign up a team and registration will need to be completed by July 16. The tournament will start with a 7:30 a.m. sign in. Drawing prizes, cash prizes for first and second place teams per flight and cash hole prizes for nearest to the pin and longest putt will be highlighted.
This fundraiser is an important event for the club in order to provide eye examinations and glasses to needy children who cannot afford this care.
By CATHY MOUNCE
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