Contrary to what many of the naysayers have been saying, I would like to compliment the current City Council and give them an A.
The excessive spending of the past has ended. Most of the capital improvement projects have been put on hold for review. The design plan for the Smokehouse Bay Bridge has been downsized and the city will receive a new total bid package quote any day.
A revised Mackle Park Community Center proposal is still in the reviewing stage and is before the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. The voters have been heard and the proposed 7 million dollar project is now in the area of 2.3 million. They have listened to us. We need a new Mackle Park Community Center. Give kudos to the Park and Recreation Advisory Committee.
The new firehouse is now in review.
They have refinanced the utility debt and have saved us a substantial amount of money. They have also released six million which has been added to our reserve fund.
The Marriott expansion plan was presented to the Planning Board on Aug. 2. Last month, the Marriott invited the public to see and hear the revised plans for the expansion and will invite the public for a second presentation in January. The Marriott will also present their revised plan to the Planning Board; however no date has been set.
All in all, we are making progress. This has been a good year for Marco.
Happy and Healthy New year to all.