Three council meetings, one workshop and numerous internal meetings have filled my schedule during the first 45 days of my administration. I can sum up my January in one word, busy.
To add some perspective, the concept for this blog was originally to be my first 30 days in office. This week is the first chance I have had to dedicate the time needed to reflect over the past month.
I will say the team here at the city has been great, and hit the ground running on January 2nd. Progress is being made across Bryant. What follows are just highlights of the activity that has happened during my first few weeks in office.
Began the process to hire a new Chief of Police. We have received several applications and will begin interviews soon.
Passed Ordinance giving elected City Attorney the duties that were completed by previous staff attorney.
Started meeting with property owners in the Heart of Bryant Improvement Area. Working closely with them and city council as we continue to re-develop and improve this integral part of the city.
Proceeded work to further the Bryant Parkway project. Although the Federal shutdown has slowed the project somewhat, we have continued meeting with the project engineers to nail down specifics on routes and will continue communicating details with the public as this begins to move forward.
In the process of creating an all encompassing plan with the Bryant Parks Department to implement necessary repairs and updates to our parks.
Hosted the first monthly Coffee with the Mayor meetings. This was very well attended and I was able to answer questions and concerns raised by many residents. These will be held on the first Saturday of every month.
Met with numerous business owners, citizens and community partners to hear concerns and suggested solutions for ongoing issues and concerns throughout the city.
Started monthly meetings with Benton Mayor, Tom Farmer and County Judge Jeff Arey. These meetings have allowed us to foresee ways we can work better as a region in regard to infrastructure, economic development and future growth.
Implemented monthly meeting with The Greater Bryant Chamber of Commerce.
Redesigned the monthly Newsletter that is included in the water bill encompassing ideas from the city council and the community. Newsletters are now available online as well as in the water bill.
There is much more to do, and I will continue working to ensure that Bryant is the best place to live in Central Arkansas and you can continue to #ExpectMore.