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City of Excellence Award

City of Excellence

The City of Monticello was awarded the City of Excellence honor in January, 2000 by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend.

GMA, in cooperation with Georgia Trend Magazine, sponsors the “Cities of Excellence” awards program to recognize Georgia’s best managed and most livable cities. The purpose of the program is to focus public attention on the many good things cities are doing to improve the quality of life in their communities.

City of Excellence Poem
A City of Excellence

There’s power in that name

So the City formed a committee

To capture the elusive flame

Let the search begin

declared the Mayor on the Square

While the Bands played and children cheered

releasing balloons up in the air

But before a single step

the search committee could proceed

A member addressed the Mayor

Ma’am, I believe I see a need.

The children have no place to play

and in my heart, a hark,

I’ll stay behind and work on

the construction of a park

And member two said, Mayor dear

I think I must remain

I just received a summons to repair a water main

So went members three and four

of that illustrious committee

to wear the many hats you wear

to any little city.

To plan the plans and fix the fixes

To cheer-ers and sometimes boo-ers

And then the final member’s beeper beeped

He climbed down in the sewer.

Until all were gone from the Square

The Mayor stood alone

Proud to serve, but bewildered

Her committee, now was gone.

She turned to leave and saw a light

Surround the square like a fence

And from the top of the monument

A voice said, “I am Excellence.”

You cannot capture Excellence, Mayor dear

or buy or sell or borr’y

For if you hold it then you sit

and begin the slide to sorry.

Do your work and fulfull the need

Write that on your City board

For the truth is the pursuit of me

is where you’ll find reward.<
–Stone Workman–