Holidays are around the corner and we’re approaching the end of another year. As I travel around the City, I realize how much has been accomplished in the past year. You likely notice the numerous redevelopment projects that have been completed or are underway. These include the Heartland Women’s Health Center, the new IHOP, the new Casey’s General Store, the Jeffrey Laundromat, and perhaps most noticeable is the demolition of the old Horizon Inn. These projects wouldn’t have been possible without the vision and support of our City Council as well as the support of Carbondale residents who have encouraged the City to move forward and to plan for the future.
What’s more striking to me though as I travel around Carbondale is the slowing pace of the holidays. SIU students are going home and the campus takes a break. Residents in the City spend time with their families, often away from the City. The holidays are times of reflection for all of us. Not only to review what we’ve accomplished over the past year, but more importantly, to think about what we have to be thankful for. This year I’m reminded of how blessed I am to have such a wonderful wife that supports and believes in me, and makes it possible for me to devote the time needed to be City Manager. I work for a City Council that provides the vision, guidance, patience, and resources I need to execute their plans. I’m privileged to collaborate with a diverse group of community leaders that I learn from every day. Last, but not least, I have wonderful employees that are dedicated to making Carbondale a great place to live.
I hope that you all take time as well this holiday season to reflect on what you’re thankful for. Have a blessed holiday season!