This afternoon two important things happened. The first was another discussion on either a Senior Center or a Mega Multi-Generational Center. I am running up against a brick wall in my support of a Senior Center, and the reason is money. It would seem by limiting memberships to only seniors we would be out membership fees from other possible people under age 50 that would want to use the facility. That delta in money coming through the door is the total reason that most Council Members find it hard to back a Senior Center, Operational & Maintenance costs. (O&M) It will take an overwhelming amount of emails, and a concerted effort by seniors to write to their entire Council to convince them that this is what needs to be done. They know very well my position concerning this issue. I will continue to work from the inside but I need your help from out there.
The second important thing that we accomplished was to select a new City Attorney. This is the second most important thing that the Council does. The last time was 26 years ago when they selected Jay Doegey. Jay retired on 1 December and the selection process required a very tough decision between three excellent candidates. When all the dust settled, Teris Solis was the attorney selected to head up the city office. I said that this was the second most important thing that we do. The first is selecting the City Manager. We also select the City Auditor and the City Justice or Judge. Teris was an in house selection. I felt that if the other candidate would have been selected there would have been more turmoil within the legal office. I’m certain that Teris will do a remarkable job and that she will serve the city well. Congratulations Teris.