It is an honor to serve as an
elected official of this City and
to be able to rub shoulders with
all the great people that work in
public service. In this edition of
Inside St. George we are bidding
farewell to two public servants that
have given of their time and talents
in making St. George better than
they found it. It takes a lot of time to
listen and respond to constituents
on the issues that come before the council.
Many of the things that some individuals may
find simple are more complex than originally
thought when all the variables are put in play.
I for one want Councilwoman Bunker and Councilman Nickle to know that they
have rendered superb service to this community. Thanks to both of them for
the many hours, and I’m sure frustrations, that have caused sleepless nights
and may have resulted in lost friendships because of the difficult decisions that
were placed before them. I hope that everyone will express gratitude to them
for their service as they run into them at events and around town. Bunker’s
perspective as the only woman on the council has been extremely insightful.
She is someone who not only loves the arts but lives and dedicates her time to
making St. George a place where the arts can be enjoyed and shared with the
entire community. Both will be missed come January.
As we look forward together this fall season, it is apparent that there is still
much that has to be done. I am often asked about the need for transportation
improvements like Indian Hills Drive, Mall Drive Bridge, I-15 Exit 4, Bluff Street
and the intersection of Red Hills Parkway and Snow Canyon Parkway. In this
issue we will update you on a couple of the projects that will enhance our ability
to move a little easier around town. One of these is the much needed Mall Drive
Bridge. If we are successful in our efforts, the City will be building this bridge
within the year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
City staff is continually monitoring and planning what is necessary to keep up
with the future growth of our area. Very few people know we were the first city
in the state of Utah to complete a transportation study. This has enabled us to
prioritize our transportation needs and to be in a position to move ahead with
improvements as soon as funds can be identified and secured for such projects.
Thank you to our staff and those who have been involved for many years. Our
city manager and department heads have worked cooperatively and tirelessly
to make this a great place to work, play and raise a family through some very
difficult times. As citizens of this wonderful community, let’s remember that
there is still a great deal of work left to do and every one of us can play an
important role in it if we are willing to roll up our sleeves and work together.