Sterling Heights City Council will honor Utica’s longtime Mayor Jacqueline Noonan for her 29 years of service at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Mayor Noonan is completing her fourteenth and final term as Mayor of the City of Utica, ending on Dec. 31.
MayorNoonan will always be remembered as the Architectof Utica’s Rebirth. This transformation would not have occurred withoutMayor Noonan’s leadership and passion to make a new vision for Utica a reality,including:
· The widening ofM-59 through Utica and Macomb County;
· Creation of theDowntown Development Authority, the catalyst for the improvements to the uniqueand charming downtown;
· The streetscapesand beautification of the downtown area;
· The enhancementof the City’s riverfront and the development of Memorial Park;
· The completionof the hike and bike trail through Utica;
· The developmentof Jimmy John’s Field.
MayorNoonan’s willingness to share her time, talents, and treasures has profoundlyimpacted the city of Utica and made its relationship with Sterling Heightsstronger and better; she was an advocate for regional cooperation. Mayor Noonannever hesitated to advocate for intergovernmental cooperation with SterlingHeights and Shelby Township, Utica’s immediate neighbors to the south andnorth, respectively.
"Sterling Heights has strong relationships withsurrounding communities and we collaborate with their respective staffs daily.I am especially proud of our longstanding partnership with the City of Uticaand Mayor Noonan specifically,” said Michael C. Taylor, Sterling HeightsMayor. “Mayor Noonan has been a champion for not only the City of Uticabut the entire region. Her skillful approach in addressing tough issues, her professionalismand her endless optimism for a bright future will be missed. We aregrateful for all that Mayor Noonan has accomplished and wish nothing but thevery best in her well-deserved retirement.”
Asif a distinguished career as a public servant were not enough, Mayor Noonanimpacted many lives as a teacher of French and social studies in the UticaCommunity Schools. Mayor Noonan never failed to credit the support of herhusband Jerry and their children, all of whom followed their parents’ path intopublic service.
TheSterling Heights City Council will be presenting a formal resolution to MayorNoonan on Dec. 6. For more information, contact Community Relations DirectorBridget Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org (586) 446-2471.