June 25, 2016
Summer heat is here to stay for a while; let’s hope there is no drought. Things are looking good for now. I believe that we will begin taking GTUA potable water from our southern supply line this month, and so we can begin to conserve our wells. This should also decrease the possibility of drawing in a manganese deposit, or forcing us into any boil-order situations.
Construction is still popping. Stonehollow is still moving forward with their home development. D.R. Horton is moving dirt; specifically, chipping away at the molehill near the southwest corner of Vista Parkway and Kelly Lane. Palladium is doing some aggressive dirt-work on the north side of Blassingame. Regarding Palladium, I think that there is a good possibility that their development will invite more construction in the northern part of our city. No one is wasting any time.
An item of great interest on the last city council agenda was the hiring of Dewberry, a leading professional services firm, to provide an assessment for how the city might provide a new building or buildings to house city offices. Dewberry will provide an assessment of existing buildings; a space needs program document, a staffing analysis, building concept drawings and site concept drawings. All of these with our projected growth anticipated.
It is best to plan ahead for the growth of our various departments and build offices to better facilitate public access. We have already outgrown our administrative, public works and fire/EMS facilities, and the buildings are spread out in an area of town that would be better suited to commerce as the city grows. No one wants to demolish our current city hall building; maybe it can be sold to someone with the interest and means to preserve and restore it. As for the buildings used for police, fire and public works admin, it is possible that a complex might be built to house them, our city court and our city administration department. There are other city offices that may be included in planning, such as the Economic Development and Community Development Corporations. The possibilities have not been fully explored yet, though there has been some brainstorming. We will all work closely with Dewberry in this assessment. This is the first step in the formulation of a plan for facilities that will suit our city for a long time.
By the time you read this, the 4th of July will have passed and I hope everyone has had a good time. I wish you all the very best.
Mayor Larry Cooper