Hancock thanks resident for volunteer work during downtown road construction

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette Hancock Mayor Lisa McKenzie, right, during the Hancock City Council regular meeting Wednesday presents a plaque recognizing the efforts of city resident Deborah Mann, left, who acted as liaison during last summer’s construction project of Reservation and Quincy streets.

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council Wednesday recognized the volunteer efforts of a Hancock resident during the Reservation and Quincy streets construction project last summer.

During the council’s regular meeting, Mayor Lisa McKenzie presented Deborah Mann a plaque for her efforts as liaison between the city, contractors, businesses and residents during the construction.

City Manager Glenn Anderson said besides Mann’s work during the construction project, she also volunteers for Italian Festival, several city committees and Make A Difference Day, which involves volunteers cleaning up the city.

McKenzie said Mann’s efforts for the city are greatly appreciated by the council.

“You’ve done more than your fair share,” she said.

After McKenzie read the words on a plaque presented to her, Mann said she appreciated the recognition of her efforts.

“The (construction) project was a long time coming,” she said. “The real heroes of the project were the business owners.”

Some businesses lost revenue because of the construction, Mann said.

Downtown Hancock is improving because of the construction project, and the continuation of the streetscape project, which will continue this spring and summer.

“Take time to really look at Hancock,” she said. “It is a beautiful downtown.”

Mann urged business owners to seriously consider locating their businesses to downtown Hancock.