I am writing this months column on July 4th. City Hall is quiet at the moment, but Plattsburgh will begin to celebrate a parade and fireworks very soon. And, the weather is perfect for this years July 4th celebration! June started off with the 90th-year anniversary of the Ladies Bridge Club luncheon at the Elks Club. Connie Durkee invited me to attend and I read a proclamation congratulating the 68 members. The chamber of commerce had a very successful Business Expo, Dozer Day at the Clinton County Fairgrounds was well attended, the Relay For Life event had over 3,000 attendees and participants, and the Stafford Middle School Jubilee was held on June 14. The Villaris School of Defense held their graduation ceremony June 15. The first 2008 Fishing Tournament was held the weekend of June 21. These events are all very special and I was pleased to attend them all. I attended meetings with PARC officials; Media Central, who won the bid to create a new city Web site; Garry Douglas from the chamber; and the Waterfront Park Committee. We began interviewing for the recreation superintendent position. The Mayors Cup Committee work continues as July 10-13 festivities are just around the corner. I am very excited about the entertainment offered for the weekend. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate! The challenges I face on a daily basis continue in City Hall. Constituent and personnel issues take so much time each day it affects how I govern and what I would truly like to focus on. Skunks, potholes, union grievances, litigation and financial problems become the norm and not the exception, which is unfortunate. Taxpayers want services but no tax increases which is impossible to accomplish or provide. As long as I am mayor, however, I will do my best to balance the welfare of the majority of our city residents. No one said it would be easy! Enjoy the summer as it unfolds. Plattsburgh has so much to offer so please take the time to enjoy July and August! Donald Kasprzak is the mayor of the city of Plattsburgh. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.