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Your response to these articles has been an inspiration and I truly appreciate it. Most comments involve your appreciation of staying informed and knowing that you have a voice in the decisions we make.

In my previous column, I referenced acting upon visions and plans as opposed to just talking about them and the old "West Appliance" is a prime example of action.

The City of Delta acquired that building and a plan was developed to turn the location into a revitalized space in our downtown. We reached out to the University of Colorado and their Architecture and Planning Dept. for concept and design assistance. A public meeting was held to gather your input and a very enthusiastic audience did exactly that. Your input was invaluable in the initial design process. The architecture and planning team took those ideas and developed four conceptual designs that were presented at a March meeting. Elements of each concept were evaluated, some eliminated and others incorporated in a final design which was presented at the April 16 council meeting. What an impressive transformation of a truly blighted space and in a relatively short time frame.

During the design process, the Delta High School Advisory Youth Council was given the task of naming the proposed "space/park." I am very pleased to announce that the Youth Council presented your city council with that name at the April 16 meeting, "West Legacy Park." The name was overwhelmingly received and I want to thank all of the Advisory Youth Council students for their diligence and thoughtful approach to the task.

The design process also involved engineering studies to ensure the remaining north and south side walls would be structurally secure. Demolition of the old structure and asbestos mitigation will make way for an exciting new space downtown with a projected completion by the end of the year. In addition to a central gathering space, it will also provide a catalyst for our downtown revitalization.

I presented a unique idea during the planning meetings to help with the funding of various components of the project. Much like major ball parks that sell the naming rights for stadiums, I proposed promotional advertising placards on elements within the park. What a great way to recognize corporate/business and individual contributions and I welcome your interest.

There are no significant updates regarding the bypass and our Main Street revitalization, but we have had several meetings regarding the process and a meeting is scheduled with CDOT in mid-June. Trust me, nothing happens without meetings. The golf course and surrounding city-owned property has also moved to the meeting phase as opposed to the ignoring phase and that's progress.

Ron Austin
Mayor - Delta

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