The 2012 looks to be a significant one for Southport city government. We'll be hiring a new city manager, which will have more impact on the city and our citizens than anything else we'll do as a governing board. 2 bits of good news on that front: 1) At our preliminary thinning of the herd, the agreement by the board on the top 10 prospects was unanimous, and 2) We have a good number of qualified, experienced candidates. Expect a decision sometime in January.
|Chez Buchanan et Karn, Winter 2010|
Other things to look forward to during the first part of 2012 include:
- Getting the Department of Tourism and Economic Development up and running, which includes moving the Visitors Center to the Garrison House, development of the historical exhibits in the redesigned space, and implementation of our new director's plans for promoting Southport as a destination for visitors, potential new residents and businesses.
- A new committee will be evaluating all of the fees and deposits charged by the various departments in the city with an eye towards making them as fair and affordable as possible. This has never been done in Southport and it's high time we took on this task.
- Begin remodeling, reconstruction and repair on all of our city buildings. City Hall is first on the list. It will take a great deal of planning, money and patience but it is something that has been overlooked for far too long.
- A solution for managing the odor problem from our sewer pump stations, most notably the central station on Burrington and Leonard. It may take a while because of the complexity of the problem, but we're on top of it now and hope springs eternal.
I'm jazzed about the potential to see meaningful improvements accomplished for the City this year. I sincerely hope that you'll pitch in and help us out as we cannot do it alone. Whatever expertise you may possess, there is a project that can use your help. Our new city website, which is due to launch in January, will enable citizens to have unprecedented access to information on just about everything related to Southport's government. It will also improve our communication with citizens so that getting involved and staying up to date is simple and right at your finger tips.
Here's wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, a happy and prosperous New Year, and a joyous and peaceful holiday season.