The invitation to participate in a blog was initially received very casually. However, after having some time to think about the invitation, I felt it might offer a productive method of communicating with the citizens of Denison. At the very least, it certainly deserves consideration and an opportunity to succeed.
The Latest from Denison City Council:
The Council is deeply involved in one of our most important annual responsibilities; the preparation of the budget and the setting of the tax rate for tax year 2011. This is a process that takes about three months to complete. We approach our budget with the recognition that we need to be very conservative with our limited resources. I am pleased to tell you that we are approaching the completion of that process with no proposed increase in the tax rate and that all City fees will remain as they were this fiscal year.
What's on the Horizon:
In the next few days, we will initiate the process for recruiting a new city manager. We have employed a search firm to assist us in this process. There will be discussions regarding the type person we feel would best fit our needs and the development of recruiting materials that will be widely distributed. We are hopeful that we will have a new city manager selected shortly after the first of the year.
Local Economy Note:
We continue to experience some of the difficulties of the national economy with unemployment being higher than we would like. Many of our neighbors are feeling the stress of job loss. We are working very diligently to bring jobs to the City and have an aggressive industrial recruitment policy. However, as you might expect, there are fewer businesses that are looking to expand or relocate in the current economic conditions. We look for any opportunities to promote Denison and will actively pursue any business we feel would benefit our local job needs.
Mark Your Calendars:
Our annual Fall Festival will be on October 2, 2010 and will again be held in our central business district. Because our new Main Street Manager, Ms. Donna Dow, formerly Main Street Manager in Durant, OK, has not yet started work, Ms. Anna McKinney, President of the Denison Area Chamber of Commerce has assumed the responsibilities for this year’s festival. Anna tells me that she has reservations for over 100 booths and has secured some excellent entertainment. This is always a very enjoyable event with a wide variety of booths and entertainment. I can almost guarantee a good time and encourage you to attend and enjoy the excellent food and a fun time looking through the wares of our many venders.
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