I cannot tell you how excited I am about new City Manager Steve Hewitt. I think we are very fortunate to attract a professional like Steve and his first 3 weeks on the job have re-enforced my original feelings. He has immediately stepped into the job and moved us forward on several subjects. I am impressed with his ability to come up to speed quickly and also to see the areas he can push to make immediate results.
We are working on Chapman road, taking the money our lobbyist has assisted to find and getting that project done. A project that has been a dream since the late 90’s. It now appears we will have it done by early 2012. The docks at Acme Park are moving forward to be reality.
We will be working over the next few months to get word out to the public on our sales tax renewal. Lots going on in Clinton.
On another note, it appears the director of Oklahoma’s Office of Juvenile Affairs has been caught trying to steer government money to his next employer. The original request for proposal is dead and we shall see if Clinton wishes to be part of any future work with OJA. As long as Gene Christian is involved I will not be. His honor and honesty appear to be questionable. Worst of all he is one of the more arrogant people I have ever dealt with.
The Northeast water project is finished and it was done out of our annual budget. I think paying as we go is better than the prior North central redo of water lines. The money to accomplish that was borrowed and we still pay for today, even though it was finished almost 10 years ago. We actually owe less today, in bonds, than when I came on the council. With the support of the people on the sales tax we will work to be debt free in 8 years, build a new fire house and increase our Economic Development funding.
Exciting times as we start to set up the boards recommended by the Clinton 2020 vision sessions. Soon we will be working on budgets for the next year and taking into account how we can clean up and make our entry ways more attractive. These are great times to live in Clinton. Thanks for your continued support.