From the Mayor's Desk - November 2015

As a kid growing up, whenever I made a bad decision my dad would tell me, “Everybody makes mistakes, next time make a new one.” I always appreciated him pointing out my errors while also reminding me that in many cases the lessons we learn through those mistakes tend to stay with us, hopefully preventing us from making them again.

When we made the decision to turn off a large percentage of our streetlights we did so with the goal of saving our city some money but having lived with the results for several months it has become evident the savings do not outweigh the negative aspects of the decision.

At our most recent City Council meeting the decision was reversed and our Public Works department has already begun turning the lights back on. This process takes about 20 minutes per light so it will take a while for all of the lights to be turned back on. I ask for your patience as Richard, Bryan and Gary work this into their already busy schedules.

The other topic I want to bring up is the news that Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) is going to be installing a second section of train tracks from the area near the green bridge over Hamilton Creek to near the tunnel across Highway 14 from the dam. There is a very short comment period and we are working to keep any disruptions to our community to a minimum, including traffic flow and noise levels.

The city is asking for volunteers to serve on a committee to look into this issue and help us make sure we cover all our bases, at least as much as legally possible. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at City Hall.

As always, we want to hear from you on how we’re doing and what we can do to improve. You can contact me by phone at 427-8182 or by don [at] northbonneville.net (subject: A%20message%20from%20North%20Bonneville%20website) (email.)