Being a mayor is a tough job. But Rush City third-grader Addy Janssen thought it would be a great one.
Back in October, Rush City Mayor Dan Dahlberg came up with the idea of having third-graders write a letter to the City Council on what they would do if they were mayor for a day. He spoke to Rush City Schools Superintendent Teresa Dupre, and she agreed it was an excellent idea.
Dahlberg and his wife, Deb, read the letters over Christmas and decided on the finalists. Dahlberg brought the essays to a later council meeting, and the council voted that Addy’s essay was the winner and she was best suited for the job.
Here is Addy’s letter to the City Council:
“Dear City Council,
“I like the pool because on a hot summery day you can go to the pool and cool down. I also like Chisago County cops. I would like some more Chisago County cops to step up our safety. We could build more restaurants to bring in more people to raise money for our school that we could use on our field trips. We could build a Chinese place in Rush City so we don’t have to drive all the way to a Subway, too. I would like the Burger King to shut their lights off so we don’t burn fossil fuels. I would like to make a club to pick up trash so we don’t pollute our animals.”
On May 8, Addy got the opportunity to be honorary mayor for a day. Addy had to go to school, but after she was finished with that, her day was busy. She was joined by her parents, David and Briana Janssen, her brother Kaiden and younger sister Gabriella. Dahlberg was also there to help her along the way.
“We are pretty excited about this,” Briana said. “We are very proud of her.”
Addy got a tour of the city, which began at the water treatment plant. The next stop was the maintenance garage, where Addy got to ride on a loader and drove a lawnmower.
The tour continued to the water tower in town. Inside the water tower was a huge ladder leading to the top of the tower, and it echoed inside.
“It was fun to go see the water tower,” Addy said.
Addy and her family made a stop to City Hall and met city workers Sue Hochstatter and Lisa Ripp.
The last stop of the tour was the fire station. Firefighter Noel Nessel explained the different types of fire trucks and vehicles the Rush City Fire Department uses.
After a pizza dinner, Addy was escorted to City Hall in a fire truck for the City Council meeting. Dahlberg made a special gavel just for Addy, and she started the meeting like any mayor should — with the Pledge of Allegiance.