The mayor's primary responsibility is to be the chair of the council and related meetings and the signatory of official city documents. Beyond that, the role is determined by one's interest, enthusiasm and energy for the people and interests of our city. Interest and enthusiasm involves visions, research, meetings, follow through, planning and bringing people together to make visions a reality. That's where the energy part comes into play. I mentioned in my previous Mayor's Perspective that I am fortunate enough to have the time, energy and financial security to commit to the citizens of Delta.
A change that I am working very hard at is involving our citizens, business owners and community leaders in the growth and direction for the future of our city. Your input is critical in that process and I look forward to hearing from you and encourage your involvement in the process. I am also working to ensure that ideas, visions, and plans are acted upon and not just a memory of things that were once "talked about."
Like you, I too have heard complaints and concerns regarding our golf course and the financial drain to our city. I have no interest in abandoning what our taxpayers have so heavily invested in. Many recognize that Devil's Thumb is a true gem in our community and through a private development partnership(s) can become a financial asset. If you are not aware, in addition to the golf course we also own over a hundred acres of undeveloped land adjacent the golf course. This is one of several major projects on my radar. Much like the golf course, the airport (Blake Field) is also a gem in our community. Unlike the golf course, the airport is owned by the county and a potential source of much needed revenue for the city and the county. For needed expansion, which includes commercial development, the airport has a need for expanded and improved utilities. City utilities currently end at the airport property boundary. This discussion has been ongoing for far too long. I recently presented a viable solution to address these needs and I'm pleased to report that progress is proceeding.
The financial stability and prosperity of our downtown Main Street businesses are also on a lot of people's radar. It is my sincere belief that if negotiations with CDOT involving our bypass (Confluence Drive) were successful, our Main Street could become a thriving component of our city. I have initiated those discussions with the assistance of the governor's office and our state representatives. As I have stated in my first article, "The word 'no' or 'can't' just means that we need to find another way to "get it done."
It's amazing what we can accomplish if we all work together.
Mayor - Delta