Over the last few weeks I have spoken with many people, shared in their personal experiences and learned many new things about our city. Almost all of them had one thing in common – a desire for change in our city. We need to steer a new course – one which will benefit all our citizens.
I can closely identify with these desires – the same ones which originally prompted me to run for mayor.
I want the citizens to know that my platform is one of us all working together as a city. The talent and interests of the members of our community can inspire the development of projects to embrace our family-like community spirit, with the potential to also develop and promote tourism.
Having a few fire fighters in the family, I am very much in tune with the men and women who offer their tireless heartfelt commitment, sacrifices, and bravery to insure the safety of us all in the community. I believe the City must foster a closer association to support their endeavors to keep abreast of modern technology, training, and fund-raising.
First agenda item after assuming office as your Mayor will be to arrange for myself and the safety officer to meet with emergency responders to hear first hand their issues and concerns, and to explore how best the City Council can assist them meet their objectives.
Sunbury Veterans’ Memorial Park was originally dedicated in 1976 to the memory of all those brave Sunburians who have fought, and in many cases died, in the various wars which have taken place since the City’s founding in 1772. The War of Independence, the Civil War, WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, are just some of the conflicts involved.
Recently, much of this park has been acquired by the “David L Persing Sports Complex”. It is just one example of a wider issue – the erosion and disappearance of historical areas and buildings, and the remodeling of streets and outdoor facilities, many of which were steeped in local traditions and culture.