From the Mayor 08/24/16

Reprinted with permission of the Independence Daily Reporter

"Promise yourself to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet; to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.” From the Optimist Club Creed.

Shenandoah. If you weren’t able to attend the concert Friday night, you really missed a great show. A special thanks to Mike Flood and Toni Camacho for their efforts in organizing and promoting this fun event. Over the last few weeks, it seemed that everywhere I went, Toni was there with her table set up to sell tickets. She was at the Farmer’s Market, the rodeo, the fair, yard sales, christenings, bar mitzvahs, weddings, etc. Thanks Toni, for service above and beyond the call of duty.

ICC on the Move. The enrollment news from ICC is amazing. The initial enrollment for the fall semester has surpassed 1,000 students, maybe for the first time ever. Congratulations to the faculty and staff for their efforts in offering a wonderful education at a fantastic price. The college provides a great educational opportunity, and adds depth to our community.

ICC Football. In case you football fans haven’t met ICC’s new coach, Jason Brown, you’re in for a treat. Jason played quarterback for Fort Hayes State, where he broke every school record. After graduation, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants. He also played in the NFL Europe as well as Arena Football. Upon arriving at ICC and finding that there was no weight room for the football team, he took it upon himself to construct one. I can’t remember ever hearing of a college coach building his own weight room, have you? How did we get this guy? And his entire coaching staff is amazing. Scrimmaging against one of the top ranked teams on Friday night, the Pirates certainly looked like they mean business. My guess is that we’re in for an exciting year of college football here in Indy.

Margarita’s. I don’t know anything about our newest Mexican Restaurant downtown, except that there’s a banner in the window announcing that it will open soon. But any restaurant that serves Mexican food and margaritas is sure to receive a share of my business. I’m hungry right now, how soon will it be open?

City Hall. Yesterday morning, the city commissioners began interviewing firms as the first step in selecting the facilitator for the City Hall task force. Those interviews will continue tomorrow afternoon as we interview the final two firms. If you’re interested, you’re welcome to observe the interviews tomorrow at 3:30 and 4:30, in the Veteran’s Room at Memorial Hall.

Pick it up. Our “most beautiful city” honor is in jeopardy, as we’re getting a bit sloppy about litter. This can be easily fixed, requiring only two simple steps. (1) Stop dropping your trash, including cigarette butts. (2) Pick up one piece of trash off the ground each day. Really, it’s not that hard. Don’t step over it; pick it up and put it in the trash.

Free Downtown Movie. If you’ve never attended one of the free downtown movies, please plan to join us this Saturday. You really have to see it to believe it. The movie this month will be “Planes.” Bring a lawn chair; the pre-show activities begin at 7:30 and the movie starts at 8:30.

There are so many positive things going on in our town, it’s impossible to get them all down on paper. But every one of these things is happening because someone in our community is working hard to make it happen. Please be sure to thank them for their efforts.

Mayor Gary Hogsett