To the citizens of Newport:
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens on the Newport City Council the last two years. I believe this the best city in Oregon and I would like to continue to work hard to keep it that way.
One of the things that I am particularly proud of is establishing the City Council Town Halls. To date we have had five meetings around town where the council meets informally with area residents. The goal is to have direct talks about specific issues that they face in their neighborhoods. I have met with small neighbor groups to discuss a particular problem in their part of town by bringing city staff and citizens together and we were able to get specific needs solved.
The city over the past few years has been faced with difficult and complex financial issues and I believe that the council has been successful in turning them around and pointing them in the right direction. The city’s reserve fund was dangerously low and we were able to develop a policy that will incrementally increase the reserves to an acceptable level. The elimination of the negative budget funding methods that were not proper is another major accomplishment we have addressed in the last two years.
I want to continue my work on assuring financial security, maintaining essential city services, assisting businesses to remain competitive and create new jobs, supporting tourism, and remaining responsive to residents. We need to work hard to keep up with rising costs of city services and demands for those services. We need to find workable solutions to the
cities aging infrastructure. Though we have addressed some of those issues such as water/sewer/storm water pipes we still have an aging pool and other aging city buildings that will soon need attention.
I believe the city is on the right track, but we’ve got more work to do to make Newport more affordable and livable for everyone. With new businesses like Walgreen’s and O’Reilly’s poised to build here, there is opportunity here. These large national chains would not establish here if there was not room to grow. I firmly believe that with the new business coming that existing businesses will also see additional growth.
Looking forward we still have financial issues that means we need to continue fiscal responsibility to make sure our limited resources go further. This will include a close watch on current city spending in such areas as the water treatment plant and find the resources to fund the Agate Beach Water tank. We need to continue the collaboration between city staff and citizens in directly approaching complex issues and finding workable solutions that satisfies all involved.
To these ends I would ask for your vote for Dean Sawyer for City Council on November 6th, 2012. If elected, it will be my honor and privilege to serve you.