Where the Rails Cross the River
It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of 2014. While I’m quick to admit that the wheels of local government turn slowly, as I look back there are some strong accomplishments the City can point to over the past 11 months:
Held a city-wide cleanup and recycling day.
Provided low-interest loan to Lucky Dog’s, filling an empty building.
Sold the Prince Building in the 900 block of Second Street to be rehabbed.
Bought the two Gray properties on Cedar Street for future development.
Began negotiations on a property exchange to give Public Works a better facility.
Had a great “Ride the Rails” event in September.
Required the clean up of a number of distressed properties. (More to come . . .)
Improved the appearance of City Cemetery and parks.
Replaced two police officers and two public works employees.
Responded to near record snow and cold, and a damaging summer storm.
And much more, including countless meetings required to keep City operations moving forward. And to the Council’s credit, it did it all within budget.
Like most people, we’ll take some time to look at what we did in 2014 and consider what’s ahead for 2015. For the City Council and staff, we wish you all Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.