Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Retirement to Elaine Waegner!

The first employee to retire from the City of Taylorsville, had her last day of work today. Elaine Waegner, hired in 1998, was the city's event and volunteer coordinator.

Today employees threw a farewell party for Elaine, complete with a song, cake, and gifts.



"Elaine is one of the hardest working employees I've ever seen. She loves the city and it shows in her work," said Mayor Russ Wall. "She will be greatly missed by all who worked with her."

City administrator John Inch Morgan said she was the seventh employee hired by the city when it incorporated, so she is one of the longest-serving employees. She is the first employee to actually retire from Taylorsville.

"Elaine has seen the city change in a number of different ways. When she was hired, we had a strip mall city hall. She saw and participated in the building of the current city hall, Fire Station 118, Senior Center, and Taylorsville Rec Center. She has been an integral part of every city function from Taylorsville Dayzz to the volunteer picnics," said Morgan.



"My favorite part of working here was the people - the employees and the volunteers," Elaine said.
She particularly loved working with the Youth Ambassadors and Youth Council. One year she had 41 kids on the youth council. She feels like they are her "kids" and loves going to wedding receptions and such for the students she has worked with.



One of Elaine's favorite memories was working on the city float in 2002. The float won the "Theme Award" at the Days of '47 Parade.

Elaine is planning to still serve the city as a volunteer. "I am filling out an application to be on the Taylorsville Dayzz committee," she said.

Taylorsville is lucky to have Elaine Waegner! We wish her all the best in her retirement!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Planning for an Emergency, Part II - The Simulation Exercise

*Please note that this is an exercise and not a real situation. The places mentioned are not real.

This week disaster struck Capital City in Liberty County. A tornado blew through the town, leaving homes destroyed, families separated, and residents injured.

Mayor Russ Wall gave continual updates on the tragedy and assured citizens that recovery crews were doing all they could to restore utilities, open roads, and find missing civilians. He wrote policy to help the ROC (Recovery Operations Center) dictate priorities and carry out their duties.


Aimee Newton, Public Information Officer, sent out news releases, arranged press conferences, and did whatever was necessary to keep the media and public informed.

Community Development Director, Mark McGrath, helped facilitate a mitigation and recovery plan for the city, as dozens of businesses were destroyed, families were displaced, and the community needed to be rebuilt.

Police Chief Delwin Craig gave updates on the progress of emergency responders and made decisions necessary to help save as many lives as possible.



Patrick Tomasino (Chief Building Inspector for Taylorsville) played the role as a Public Works Branch leader. He was even on T.V., giving residents the instructions for how to dispose of debris left on their property from the disaster.


Lisa Schwartz (Taylorsville's Emergency Management Director), played the part as the Volunteer Coordinator for Capital City. She helped get hot lines set up to organize donations and volunteers. She also set up facilities where volunteers could participate in the recovery efforts.

Scott Harrington (Taylorsville's Chief Financial Operator) was the finance manager for the disaster. He helped make decisions on where money should be prioritized and how to best apply for reimbursements from the State and Federal government.

Rosie Rivera (Taylorsville PD Lieutenant) helped carry out public safety measures to ensure proper policy was followed and civilian deaths were minimized.



This is the Taylorsville group at the Emergency Management - Recovery and Mitigation Course in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In addition to this group of eight, last week a group of six Taylorsville staffers attended a different emergency management course.

As I said in the previous post, FEMA covers the costs for cities like Taylorsville to get trained. We learned important skills on how to recover from a major disaster, as we sat in classes for four days. The best part of the experience was the simulation exercise when we participated in our various roles. We learned many things to prepare the city in case of an emergency.

The worst part of the week???


The cafeteria food was not very good. Can you see the green hue of the hot dog? Yuck! (Photo courtesy of Mark McGrath. Mark, did you seriously eat that??)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Planning for an Emergency

This week several city employees are in Emmitsburg, Maryland to receive training on what to do in case of an emergency. Last week, we also had a group who attended this training.

I have been with the group this week, who is getting specific training on Recovery and Mitigation when disaster strikes. FEMA covers the costs of these trainings and we are lucky to have Lisa Schwartz, a great Emergency Response Coordinator,  for Taylorsville City.

My team includes Mayor Russ Wall, Scott Harrington (CFO), Lisa Schwartz, Rosie Rivera (Police Lieutenant), Mark McGrath (Community Development Director), Del Craig (Police Chief) and Patrick Tomasino (Building Official).

We attend classes all day and receive training on how to put the city back together in an emergency situation. We learn how to prioritize needs, get information to the public, and put together long-term plans to improve the community after a disaster.

One of the best parts of this training is the simulated recovery exercise. They put us in the roles we would be in during a disaster. My role is the Public Information Officer - to make sure timely information is disseminated to the public. At the end of the week, I will post information on this exercise and how we did.

For the time being, it is important for residents to make their own plans in case of emergency. Sit down with your family and discuss a family emergency plan, get your 72 hour kits together, have water and food storage and find out the school and your work emergency plans include. Get involved with your neighborhood emergency planning and ask how you can contribute on a neighborhood or city level. Go to www.bereadyutah.gov for more information and forms you can download and print.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

City Council Update for Oct. 19, 2011

The City Council entertained a motion and appointed   Paul Sommer, to the citizen volunteer Economic Development Committee. Paul has been in the banking industry for 33 years and has previously served as a member of the Taylorsville board of Adjustments, as a Boy Scout Leader and has coached both youth basketball and baseball.

City Administrator John Inch Morgan, representing Mayor Russ Wall who is participating in planning and emergency training exercises sponsored by the federal government in Washington D.C. and Emmittsburg, Maryland, presented the Taylorsville City Youth Ambassadors for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

A selection committee interviewed the Taylorsville City Youth Ambassadors applicants on October 4, 2011. The new Youth Ambassadors are Aubrey Thomson, Bailey Wyatt, Joel Gardner, Kimberly Forsyth and Regan Gabbitas. They are all seniors at Taylorsville High School and are also currently serving on Taylorsville City Youth Council.

The City Council also appointed two “Municipal Inspectors” by adopting Ordinance 11-18 which brings the City into compliance with recently adopted changes to the Utah Code (UCA 10-11-1) and the Taylorsville Code of Ordinances (Chapter 9.10) concerning code enforcement.

Representatives from the United States Army, Utah National Guard, made a presentation to the City Council introducing the “Community covenant Program”. First Lieutenant Earl Simmons acted as spokesperson. The Community Covenant Program is an initiate created in 2008 by the United States Army, designed to reach out to all military service members regardless of service branch. The intent of the program is to encourage cities and towns across the country to formally commit their support to service members (current and former) and military families residing within their communities. The initiative in Utah began in early 2010 with a Community Covenant Citation read on the floor of the Utah House and Senate.

Mr. Morgan stated that Mayor Wall and the Administration whole-heartedly supported the program and asked the Council to support for the program. All three City Council members thanked the three soldiers for their service and expressed unwavering support for the program. John Inch Morgan was designated as the liaison for future coordination.

Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Jay Ziolkowski presented the quarterly Fire and Emergency Medical services report for the period July 1, 2011 through September 2011. Chief Ziolkowski began his presentation with an amusing video that posed the question “What would City Council meetings be like if Firefighters ran the City?” The questions was asked, “Here is a request for clean water. Do we want clean water?” After a resounding yes, the phase, Firefighters Get things Done!

The report showed that fire calls for the quarter, compared to 2010 are down 53 calls from 298 to 245. Medical calls increased from 994 call in the first quarter 2011 compared to 976.

Judge Michael Kwan presented the Municipal Court Monthly Briefing, emphasizing the fact that filings have decreased by 7% in July, and by 24% in August, however, the court has disposed of 127% of the cases filed. In answering the questions, Judge Kwan attributed the decline in cases filed, at least in part, from reduced traffic citations being filed. There was some discussion about the deployment of officers for traffic safety, traffic overtime in the budget and police traffic control practices. It was determined that these issues would best be discussed with Chief Del Craig in a future City Council Meeting.

Discussion of the Proposed Land Development Code ensued.

The Council entertained and passed Resolution 11-30 accepting a total of $9,001 in Emergency Management Performance Grant from the Utah Department of Public Safety. The grant is intended to purchase emergency response and emergency mitigation equipment.

City Attorney John Brems presented Resolution 11-29, Recertifying the Taylorsville Municipal Court. The Council approved the Resolution.

As Acting Chairman Larry Johnson polled the Council for New Items. While the Council did not have any items, a resident asked the Council to consider a future discussion on aggressive animals. Mr. Morgan was directed to have schedule the issue for discussion in November and invite Animal Services Director Kelly Davis.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

From Clay to Bronze...

Yesterday was interesting as we took members of the media on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Adonis Foundry, where the Taylorsville Veterans Memorial Sculpture will be cast.

The Salt Lake Tribune will be doing a story on this on or around Veterans Day, when Phase 1 of the Memorial will be unveiled. (The finished Memorial will be unveiled on Memorial Day.)

The Deseret News posted this story today on both their online edition and in their local section of the newspaper.

Here are the links for the KSL and Fox 13 newscasts:

A behind-the-scenes look at creation of Taylorsville's vet memorial | ksl.com

Taylorsville constructs memorial to honor local veterans

We are excited to host the Veterans Parade at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011. After the parade, there will be a Veterans Program at City Hall at 12:15 p.m., where Governor Gary Herbert will be the key-note speaker.

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please put this event on your calendar!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

City Council Work Session - Oct. 12, 2011

Tonight the city council discussed strategy to maintain sidewalks, snow removal, etc. on property lines facing main roads.

Current City Ordinances place the responsibility for maintaining the public right of way, which includes sidewalks, fence lines and parking strips with the adjacent property owners. While some property owners and property owner groups comply with these ordinances, others do not. Of particular concern are the back fence line public right of ways along many of the roadways. The back fence lines along 5400 South from 1900 W to 3600 W, and Redwood Road from 4200 S to 5400 S, for example, has as many as eight interior homes adjacent to the City/UDOT installed fence. Maintenance of the public right of way is difficult for property owners with limited access to the right of way and the need for several property owners to haul equipment several blocks in order to maintain the properties.

Historically, the City’s position has been to send courtesy letters to property owners reminding them of their responsibilities. 
With the installation of the walls on 5400 S, the City has taken on the responsibility to cut weeds and clear snow along this and other major roadways. Funding was allocated three years ago for maintenance staff to assist in this effort. In addition, we have been utilizing Community Service Workers to remove weeds, debris, remove snow and ice from these public rights of way, however, the requests for abatement and assistance from citizens and city officials is increasing beyond our existing capacity.
The City’s investment in streetscapes is significant and the investment should be protected with proper maintenance. Lack of proper maintenance may result in liability for the City.
An additional issue is the responsibility for the maintenance of sidewalks including trip hazard removal and sidewalk replacement. In recent years the City expends between $70,000 and $120,000 on trip hazard removal. The cost of this service is paid for through the general fund. Through the 50/50 Sidewalk Replacement Program, the city will partner with residents to replace sidewalks that can not be repaired through trip hazard cutting or grinding. If, however, a resident can not afford to pay the 50 percent cost of the sidewalk replacement, the sidewalk either does not get replaced, or the replacement falls back to the City if the deterioration is significant and presents serious hazards. 
The Council gave direction to the administration to perfect the policy on weed abatement and to look at financial options for sidewalk replacement.

    2012 STRATEGIC PLAN PROCESS
    A discussion was had regarding the Strategic Plan Process for 2012. John Inch Morgan, city administrator, made a recommendation to hold a planning retreat during the day in November to go through the Strategic Plan. The council agreed that Nov. 19 would be a good day.


    LAND USE DEVELOPMENT CODE
    Tonight the council discussed a couple of chapters of the proposed Land Use Development code. They began with Residential Subdivision Design standards (Chapter 21) and finished up with Manufactured Home Parks (Chapter 22). The council is looking at ways to efficiently develop our city, but at the same time improve the quality of development and build strong communities.

    Taylorsville hires three new police officers

    Last Friday, three new police officers joined the Taylorsville Police Department. Colby Ottley, Grayson Van Leeuwen, and Jonathan Bushnell were sworn in at City Hall. All three of these men recently graduated from the Police Academy.




    Thanks to the city council, two of these positions were funded in the budget last July. Here is a photo with Council members Dama Barbour and Jerry Rechtenbach, congratulating the officers.




    Following the Swearing In Ceremony, the new officers participated in a training. During the taser training, officers had an opportunity to be tased, in order to understand what it does to someone. Since Chief Del Craig had never experienced a taser before, he volunteered to go first. Below is a video clip of his tasing.

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    City Council Meeting update - Oct. 5, 2011

    Mayor Wall read a proclamation to celebrate, "Lights on Afterschool Day," a national celebration of after school programs on Oct. 27, 2011. The YMCA has before and after school programs in Taylorsville that serve over 350 Taylorsville youth each year.

    The LARP committee presented their Best of Taylorsville Home and Business Beautification awards. Congratulations to Del and Sherlyn Feltenbarger and Nelson Labs for taking great care of their yards and helping Taylorsville to be a great community.

    The council tabled an ordinance appointing municipal inspectors. It will be revisited at the next regular meeting in two week so a few changes could be made.

    The Youth City Council gave an update on some activities they are participating in. They said residents have the opportunity to adopt a family who may need a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

    Community Development Director, Mark McGrath, led a discussion on chapters 18, 19 and 20 of the proposed Land Development Code. Chapter 18 is the Historic Resources Overlay zone and it establishes a historic district and landmark sites. The city has established a historic district on 4800 South, east of Redwood Road, as well as nine other sites. Compliance is voluntary. Chapter 19 is for a Site Specific Development District. We call it the "create your own zone" zone. It gives the city the ability to classify projects that may not fit in one of the other classifications through this zone. Chapter 20 is Residential Development Standards to spell out what residential areas should be. One part of this zone says that any new home must have at least a two-car garage. Another new concept is minimum and maximum home sizes in each zone. The council was okay with the minimum home size, but wanted to allow slightly larger homes for larger lots.

    The council voted to accept the Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $10,000.

    The council tabled the resolution requesting the recertification of the Taylorsville Justice Court. They wanted to see the attorney's opinion letter.

    I gave the council some newsletter options for city residents. Currently we pay for ad space in the Taylorsville Kearns Journal for our city newsletter. We also presented options to do a Journal insert or an individual piece that could be mailed to all residents. The council would like to explore the option of doing our own newsletter with advertising to help subsidize the cost. They also want us to talk to Valley Journals to see if we can mail the paper again.

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Meet the Candidate Night

    Tonight was the "Meet the Candidate" night at City Hall. I thought all the candidates did a great job representing themselves.

    The event was hosted by the Taylorsville Exchange Club, who did a wonderful job. Special thanks to Jay Ziolkowski for moderating, and John Inch Morgan for providing the refreshments.

    If you missed this one and are interested in attending another "Meet the Candidate" event, come to City Hall next Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. for another one hosted by the Economic Development Committee.

    Below are the comments made by each of the candidates. I hope I am representing their comments well. (Candidates, if there is something that is incorrect, please email me and I will get it changed asap.)

    DISTRICT 3 -

    Dave Ballou - He has seen things in the city that he doesn't like and that has given him the desire to run for the council. He said he was sitting on the fence for UPD, but recently interrogated Jim Winder about UPD. As a citizen, he is in favor of joining UPD. He is also in favor of beautification. He says taxes and services are a must. We want our snow removed, weeds removed, and they take money. Our property taxes are high, even though we have a low tax rate. This year when there was a tax increase proposed, many people came and opposed it. He agreed that taxes shouldn't go up. He wants to look at other ways to get revenue, possibly from renters, who live here tax-free. He has not had the opportunity to serve on committees for the city, but is planning to be involved after the election. He spends time cleaning up 1300 West with his resources and time, as well as helping others in their yards to help the community. With regard to UPD, he said he thought the way Jerry did, until he went seeking information on this issue. He has done ride-alongs and met with UPD to find out the answers. He feels like UPD is probably a good switch for the city. If UPD causes taxes to go up, he doesn't care, if it makes our city safer and have better service. It is the council member's responsibility to get out in the district and find out what people want. During his ride-alongs, he has seen that the police department is short-handed. He saw people on hold because there wasn't enough staff to take care of the police calls. On the court... he is absolutely opposed to the council shutting down the drug court. He believes rehabilitation is the key to helping our society. There is a perception with the public that we have too many empty buildings. The Family Center does not look inviting. Valley Fair Mall is now the place to go. Hiring Don Adams has been a great move for Economic Development. He is excited to get involved in Economic Development and wants to help the city get tenants back in and get sales tax up. We don't want to be the "Ugly Little Step-Sister" to West Valley. In closing, he is for whatever his constituents want. As a resident who has approached the council with problems, he feels like his problems were not taken care of timely, if at all. The role of the council is to listen to people and act. He can spend the time to take care of his residents and listen to their concerns and fix them.

    Jerry Rechtenbach - He said he served the city before deciding to run for city council. He feels he has the necessary experience and has qualified himself for the job. We are competing with other neighboring cities, for business. Economic Development is a huge priority to get us revenue. Taylorsville is the most leanly operated city in the state and we do not have high property taxes. He feels that our taxes are very reasonable. The last few years the city has cut services to make ends meet. If our revenue stream goes down and our expense stream goes up, then we don't have the ability to pay for these services. We are competing for retail. At some point we need to stop being the cheapest city and start to reinvest in our city to attract businesses and revenue. When asked what experience he has, he said he is a member of the Public Safety Committee, Arts Council Board of Directors, prior Planning Commissioner, and many other committees and boards. UPD is the topic asked the most about, but the topic that we know the least about. He is not for or against UPD, but just doesn't have enough information to make the decision. He feels that the costs are undetermined and the UPD is too young. He is 100% in favor of our justice court, drug court, and domestic violence court. Separation of powers does not let the council administrate the court. For several years the court was hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red. The council insisted that it should be brought back in line. He feels that recently the court has been doing much better. The council had no choice on closing the drug court. It was closed down by another entity and he supports opening the drug court as soon as it is brought into compliance. On Economic Development... it has been a priority for the council for the past 3-4 years. The stage is being set for some good retailers to come in. We need to look at redevelopment areas. Using redevelopment area funds, the city is participating in 5400 S. Bangerter Hwy to prepare for some great businesses to come in. Incentives need to be in place and the council needs to be on board, so those calling the shots can do what they need to do. In closing, residents need to realize that Valley Fair took many years to make that happen. It didn't happen overnight. It required a lot of money from the city and a willing property owner to make it happen. When we get our major tenants on board, we will be ready to make things happen.



    District 2 -


    Morris Pratt - Economic Development is a vital thing to fund city services. He commended the Economic Development team in their service and says they are backed by the $10 million bond that the council recently passed. The concept of UPD is very good and he is for consolidation. He doesn't think it's a good idea for the city to jump into it right now. He has historically opposed a tax increase and is very proud of our low tax rate. He is not necessarily opposed to taxes, but is in favor of keeping them as low as possible. He is worried about the many seniors and mobile home park users in his district and what a tax increase would do to them. He believes he has served on almost every committee in the city. He has participated in the Taylorsville Food Bank and enjoyed serving on the Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee. He has helped publish a book about Taylorsville. In regard to UPD, he is opposed to us joining UPD right now. He is not opposed to the concept or joining down the road. He doesn't want it to be like Utopia. The city was asked several years ago to join, but didn't and it saved us money. UPD has to iron out a lot of things in their budget. The opportunities they present are great, but there must be a reasonable and good model to follow. We don't want to pay more than our share for the service. He believes that the city is studying this issue. In regards to the court. He is proud of the court in the recent months. They are operating either in the black or just barely in the red. He's hearing a lot of good things about them. He doesn't want to spend more money than we have in the past. On Economic Development... it is like Alaska in the winter and moves very slowly. We are competing with surrounding cities and we are all fighting for the same retailers to come to the city. We need to think outside the box. We approved a $10 million bond and established an economic development fund. As responsible citizens, we need to support our local businesses. The Council has done their job and now it's up to the city staff to get the job done. In closing, it is very brave for all the candidates to be willing to run. Experience counts. He feels he knows and understands the budget to administer it. This is not just a three-hour per week commitment. The opportunities to serve take time. He is aware of your wants and aware of your needs.

    Kristie Steadman Overson - She shared parts of a speech she wrote when she was 15, called, "Taylorsville is..." She is proud to have been a life-long resident of Taylorsville. She served on a lot of committees, including on the Planning Commission for over 10 years. She supports joining UPD, economic development, code enforcement, street beautification, and a proposed historic district. We should be proud of our low tax rate, however, we need to be sure the critical needs are met and we need to plan for the future. Some residents are concerned about snow removal and road maintenance, but those things cost money. The things we spend money on should benefit us in the long run, not just today. Spending 10 years on the Planning Commission has given her the opportunity to make tough decisions that affect the residents of Taylorsville. With regard to UPD, she feels like she did her homework. She's met with our Chief PD, Sheriff Winder, former Mayor Auger, and attended UPD board meetings. UPD seems to be the right move. She gets annoyed when council members say it just doesn't seem right. Why aren't we using the Budget Committee to look at this and give a recommendation? Why isn't the council studying this issue? Instead of saying we don't know about this, we should be looking into it to see if this helps with our public safety and saves taxes with our hard-earned dollars. On the courts... she was grateful to have a meeting with the Judge to see how the court operated. Her philosophical question is, "Should the court make money for the city and turn a profit?" Is the purpose of the court to get criminals off the street, to rehabilitate them? Or is the purpose to make money? We need to identify the expectation of the court. On Economic Development... She is very impressed with the city's 10-year strategic plan. It gives a vision and asks for accountability. The city has an Economic Development team that is very competent, strong and bold. ED doesn't just mean bringing a big box in the city. It means evaluating what we have and what our strengths are. We need to identify our strengths, like the Salt Lake Community College. What are we doing to attract those students to shop here? We have many opportunities to do this. In closing... She has been working hard for years for this elected position. She is thoughtful in her decision-making. She's already had a full-time job in campaigning, so is ready to serve in this position full time. She's appreciated getting to know people in District 2.


    District 1 -

    Israel Grossman - He is a member of the Budget Review and Economic Development committees. He wants Taylorsville to be a destination city, not a drive-through city. We should create vibrant retail and employment centers so we can strengthen sales tax revenue and avoid tax increases. Whether we go with UPD or stay with TPD, we should adequately fund it. He wants to strengthen the sales tax revenue so we can keep our taxes low. We need to spend tax dollars wisely and not make budget decisions now that will negatively impact us in the future. By deferring road maintenance now, it costs us five or 10 times more in the future to repair them. He is not for or against UPD, but is for public safety. We should be diving into the proposal to see if this is a viable option. With UPD, they provide the service based on what we budget. The city council should be looking to see if it's a good fit and do the research. At the end of the day, we need to adequately fund public safety. On court... he was impressed with Judge Kwan's statement on educating criminals to help them reform. He is in favor of the consolidated court that we offer because it saves the city money and is more efficient. Currently the court has to provide a profit and loss statement every month. He believes the council needs to figure out their philosophy. We need to revitalize neighborhoods and bring in anchor-tenants to help attract to other businesses. He wants to take his family out on the town and it's hard to do right now in Taylorsville. He wants to grow a community that we can be proud of, where we can spend our hard-earned money here. In closing... he is humbled by the fact that friends and neighbors have sought him out to see if he would run. He wants "Opportunity in every Direction" to mean something with economic development. He wants to make Taylorsville a place to be proud of.

    Ernest Burgess - He grew up in Provo and is grateful to raise his large family in Taylorsville. He has served on the Planning Commission for the past 2 1/2 years. He has grown to appreciate the mayor, city administration, and all the committee and volunteers. He feels strongly that economic development is the big issue. We need to use the Economic Development task force and shop in Taylorsville to keep tax dollars here. Our tax dollars should be spent wisely. The council gets very concerned about the amount we spend and stays on top of it. The main volunteer position he has held in the city is a member of the Planning Commission. He has also been somewhat involved in the Exchange Club. In regards to UPD, he spoke with Chief Craig and he had some questions about the cost and resources. He said there hasn't been a proposal yet and he wants to wait to see if it's the right thing. He had his car stolen last week and was grateful to get it back by that evening. He said Chief Craig said we have a great department. On the courts... he thinks the court is working well and is impressed with the Judge and the things that are happening. On Economic Development... it's going to take some time. He is impressed with the software program that the economic development department is using. He agrees with the philosophy of that department. He believes we need to reinvest in ourselves. He is grateful to see the administration have a focus on it. In closing... being on the PC has been a real learning experience and being on the City Council would be the same. He wants to make sure he knows how the people feel and how to make the city go forward. He's enjoyed the process of understanding more about the city and how it is run. He is impressed with all those who serve and he would serve with all his heart as a good council member.