It's the season to be thankful for all the blessings in life. And for me, a big part of that is being thankful that I live in Rosemount and come in contact with so many people doing good work for the community in so many ways.
I appreciate that over 100 citizens turned out earlier this month to discuss how we might improve our city by adding recreational options. The open house was the latest step in weighing the costs and benefits of a possible indoor facility. A lot of work remains to be done before the consultants' report is ready next spring, and our success depends on the ideas and support of Rosemount residents.
I also had the opportunity this month to talk in an informal setting with those who serve on the commissions that advise our City Council. The council hosted an appreciation dinner and invited the 36 residents who dig deep into critical issues for our quality of life, from planning parks and maintaining our drinking water to sharing the views of our youth and working to keep our community sustainable. Their recommendations help the council set the agenda for Rosemount.
But I'm also thankful for the multitude of people who work on efforts beyond the scope of city government. Our community benefits from the energy of hundreds of volunteers, many of whom never set foot in City Hall. They serve our places of worship and our highly regarded schools. They perform civic functions like producing our great community celebrations and providing recreational and cultural opportunities.
And just this month, 97 residents stepped forward to work as election judges and assure the vote in Rosemount was accurate and fair. It was an especially busy election with record high voter turnout (77 percent), so a special thanks is deserved.
A few weeks ago, another volunteer effort concluded. People from across Dakota County helped operate a temporary shelter for the homeless at one of Rosemount's churches. They provided sleeping space for 50 or so people who had no other safe option. The shelter has moved to locations in other cities, and it is a sobering reminder of the challenges that many of the people among us face in their lives.
And very dear to all of our hearts is the service far from home and family by the personnel in the Red Bull division. They left their headquarters in Rosemount this fall to take up posts in the Middle East. The general who welcomed them as they assumed their mission praised their selfless service, and he thanked their families and employers. I know our community joins in those thanks and looks forward to a safe return to us next year.
With all those contributions in mind, at home and around the globe, I appreciate the work of everyone to keep Rosemount a better place. I wish you and your loved ones the best this holiday season. And we look forward to more accomplishments in 2019.