Mayor John Iacoangeli
Served 2003 through 2005
John and the web keeper have a friendship that goes back many years and we both share a belief in the need for historic preservation to give Monroe an even brighter identity as a place to visit, live, worship, and do business. John served the City as an excellent professional planner. An incident occurred years ago when a non conforming use was expanded by city council by granting a liquor license. The writer's opinion was that this was illegal and the paperwork submitted to the state required an official to misrepresent the zoning for State approval. John convinced the council to establish a rule never make this mistake again. If you look at
You can see how some subsequent administration paid no attention to the requirement to check the zoning when approving liquor licenses.
When you examine the periods when he was planner, you will find much of what we have today as plans for our identity and relationship with our Lake environment was put in place.
John had many eligible properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This includes the Sawyer House and Woodcraft Square which was developed into senior living apartments. However once he left his planning job, no one ever saw a responsibility to update the data on these and other properties. Both Woodcraft Square and The Sawyer House are listed as vacant with no updates as of April 2012. Perhaps the City has no historical expert with John's common sense and John's mission oriented approach when our planner.
The web keeper respects John as one, who stands out, as a man of great determination whose thinking is never clouded with fear or the concept of impossible.
David Alkire Smith
Mayor John Iacoangeli interacting at a Main Street Meeting
A High Point in John's Service as Mayor
Jim Ryland of the County Museum staff prepared the visual presentation and researched the information on the eligible homes.
Dick and Jean Micka Receiving their plaque for their outstanding work in preserving the Governor McClelland House
No Mayor has ever been perfect in his or her perception of what priorities to set or how fervently to argue for their idea of how limited resources ought to be spent. John wanted a roundabout or traffic circle at the five way intersection of Laplaisance Bay Road, Scott Street, and and Sixth Street. Such a feature would be valuable for traffic calming on East Noble in the Mason Run Subdivision. He did not get it where it was absolutely not practical and was criticized for wasting money on consulting fees for an obviously impractical and needless intrusion into a historic neighborhood. There were issues that were more philosophical than necessary or helpful with the downtown merchants. No one is expected to be perfect.
The purpose of this discourse is not to defame John or detract from his many good ideas. I have considered every Mayor a friend, but they all made both wise decisions and mistakes that help define what Monroe is and can become.
David Alkire Smith
May 16, 2006
John's Greeting Message as it Appeared on the City Website
Bonjour mon ami and welcome to historic Monroe. Nestled along the River aux Raisin (River of Grapes), now know as the River Raisin, Monroe was founded in the late 1670ís by French Canadian explorers, and is the third oldest community in the State of Michigan.
Residents of Monroe receive all the benefits of a small town with a historic downtown and traditional neighborhoods reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, highly regarded medical and educational facilities, and cultural venues. Our regional location adjacent to the Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio metropolitan areas enables our residents the employment, recreational, and cultural opportunities afforded by these diverse cities.
To continue our heritage and traditional Midwest values our vision is to become the most vibrant, walkable, historic small city in the Midwest.
I hope you enjoy your digital visit to Monroe. Bon au revoir.
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