An Open Letter To The Mayor-Elect

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Dear Barbara:

First I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your triumphant run for the office of mayor.

Please keep in mind that your victory was accomplished by receiving a little more than one-half the votes. It leaves you in a position to fulfill the promises you made to all of the citizens of our community, both your own supporters and mine.

Things that you must accomplish, and I emphasize must, is getting a firebreak around our town, finding a solution to the water problem and bringing our existing roads back up to standard. I realize there are many other things that must be done, but these are critical at this point in time.

As far as the firebreak is concerned, talking about it or saying that you are working on it is inadequate. Do what you have to do and get it done.

As anyone in business will tell you, if there is an existing problem within that business that has existed for years, such as the water problem, apparently the individuals assigned to solving that problem are ineffective. Perhaps it would be advantageous to find someone better suited to solve this problem. Remember you are not in office to win a popularity contest, but to get the job done in the best interest of our community. It may require stepping on toes and ruffling some feathers.

Concerning our roads, perhaps you might want to consider taking care of what we have at the present time, realizing that our existing roads are in deplorable condition. Bring what we have up to standard before you consider building new roads.

Remember that you are not in office to receive a Good Guy Award. You are in office to get the job done. It is going to take a stout heart and a strong backbone along with a cohesive council to accomplish these tasks.

If I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jim Chase, Payson

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