Three months into the term and I wanted to recap a few accomplishments and some areas of frustration as to the speed of government.
- PCIP Neighborhood Beautification Funding for all District 3 Projects (not to mention all projects city wide), this is the best partnership we have with our citizens.
- Helping many District 3 neighbors with potholes and street lighting repairs.
- Meeting with every conceivable community group to understand their issues and concerns and how to better connect them with each other for success.
- 2009 Road pavings for many roads off of Scenic which had not been paved since I was in middle school.
- Opposition to Bingo due to its proposed structure and location; A proposed ordinance is in development and due for a vote before council soon.
- Working closely with Fire and Police Departments to gain greater understanding of their issues and challenges. Everyone should take the time to thank these folks for what they do on a daily basis, courage and honor are just the beginning of their jobs.
- Moving the dial on cleaning up our Bluffs Park area and making it a place we can all enjoy(stay tuned)
- Joining the board for PEDC ( Pensacola Escambia Development Commission) and working on many economic development ideas within the community.
- Delay associated with the Maritime Park agreement approval process.
- The proposed lack of amenities promised to our Citizens in the current Maritime Park plan.
- Being in office 3 months and we STILL haven't addressed the 800 pound gorilla in the room (PENSIONS and the Budget)
- The lack of communication between our Fire & Police and the City Staff. It's time for all of us to think about OUR city's basic needs and plan for it's future.
- Why we need a consultant for every measure before council or committee (Abramson, Dr. Lee, Maygarden, Diversity, etc.) We know our City better than any out of town expert.
- The hurdles that seem small but are almost impossible to overcome in moving toward consolidation of any services with other government entities.
- The recurrent inability of those that do not live in the City Limits to acknowledge that City of Pensacola citizens PAY for our City services. Over 19 million is paid to the county by city tax payers each year; We pay for our City Services above and beyond that amount.
On the horizon:
Pension workshop April 2nd where we will BEGIN to tackle the tough issues in front of our city with regard to our pension liabilities and how to fund them. I have many ideas to present and look forward to hearing from you with your possibilities.
Maritime Park Vote April 9th.
Budget Briefings 2nd week of April. We will work on our budget over a 3 month period and I value your ideas and opinions and need your presence during this process.
Continued investigation of ways to streamline and consolidate services both within our city structure and with other government agencies. We already have many consolidated services in place and they operate at a cost savings for our citizens.
Please stay involved in our process and keep emailing me, calling me or stopping me at the sports fields, I have enjoyed the first 3 months and look forward to the rest of our 2 years together.