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A Minute with Mayor Kindig

You may have noticed on the front-page teaser that La Vista will turn 60 this coming February. As I think about how the community has evolved over the years, I am amazed by what we have to show for 60 short years. I am also reminded that we must face new challenges that go along with aging, especially when it comes to our public infrastructure.

La Vista is a dynamic community that has experienced tremendous growth over the past two decades. With that growth comes a demand for increased community resources, public infrastructure and additional staff.

Something I’ve heard from many of you over the past year is a desire to improve the overall condition of our neighborhood streets. I want you to know that we are listening. We will be working on a multiyear plan to assess, prioritize and identify funding for necessary maintenance, repairs and replacement.

To help ensure the continued fiscal strength necessary to meet these demands, the City Council recently passed a 1.5% restaurant tax. While businesses that provide food and beverages are vital to our overall economy, and we welcome the visitors they bring, they do have an impact on City services. The restaurant tax is a way to share the burden equally with non-residents.

Finally, we are exploring the feasibility of a new community swimming pool in Central Park. As stated in the article on page 1, the pool is nearing the end of its useful life and has become an impediment to our continued progress in implementing the Vision 84 plan, specifically, as it relates to the planned pedestrian underpass, which will connect the east and west sides of 84th Street to provide safe passage.

Please visit our website CityofLaVista.org/PoolProject to learn more. I also encourage you to attend the public open house on November 20.

While we have a great deal going on, I want you to know the City Council and I are working diligently to ensure that the City’s continued progress is fiscally prudent and sustainable.