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Community Impact Award

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, center, presented the first Community Impact Award to Burlington officials, from left, Finance Director Steve DeQuaker, Fire Chief Alan Babe, Mayor Jeannie Hefty and City Administrator Carina Walters.

YORKVILLE — Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave devoted a segment of his 2018 budget message at Tuesday’s County Board meeting to introduce the Community Impact Awards, which are presented to an individual or group of people and a nonprofit organization “making a difference in Racine County.”

“In a world that sometimes feels as though it’s moving just too fast, I want to pause a moment and shine a spotlight on a couple of these truly thoughtful and dedicated people and their good work,” said Delagrave.

The first award went to six Burlington officials in recognition of their work during the floods in July: Mayor Jeannie Hefty, City Administrator Carina Walters, Fire Chief Alan Babe, Police Chief Mark Anderson, Director of Administrative Service Megan Watkins and Finance Director Steve DeQuaker.

“These six leaders symbolize the can-do attitude and strength of all the first responders, volunteers and countless others who rose to the challenge and put others before themselves, helping the community truly be Burlington Strong,” said Delagrave.

Hefty, Walters, Babe and DeQuaker were present to receive the award, which also comes with a $2,000 grant. Hefty said the city does not know at this point what the city plans on doing with the grant, but she was happy to receive the award, which she saw as a recognition of the people of Burlington.

The nonprofit organization that was recognized was the Caledonia Conservancy, a majority volunteer organization that since 1994 has conserved more than 170 acres of walking, biking and equestrian trails in the village.

“Their efforts have expanded recreational trails and allowed residents to enjoy the area’s natural beauty,” said Delagrave.

Executive director Suzi Zierten was present to accept the award along with some of the Conservancy’s longtime volunteers.

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Christina Lieffring covers the Burlington area and the Village of Caledonia. Before moving to Racine, she lived in Nebraska, Beijing, Chicago and grew up in Kansas City.

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