Being a premier community to live, work and raise a family in is more than just a simple statement, it’s the vision we have for Meridian. Like any vision, it takes planning and execution to make it a reality. In our case, it takes dedicated employees, an engaged community, collaboration with partners, and committed leaders to transform a string of words so the Meridian of today becomes the Meridian of our future.
This last weekend, I traveled across our great state to the City of Salmon with my family to take a ski trip. We traversed the Idaho roads, and for the most part were without cell service for 90% of the time as we drove through the passes and canyons of our beautiful state. I realized during this drive that we all survived being disconnected from our phones. Not for 30 seconds at a stoplight, not even for 20 minutes getting to work, but for hours at a time.
Growth is on the heart and minds of our community. For many that is because of increased traffic, impacts on our schools, and increased density with multi-family development. Along with these concerns, we have also seen benefits of growth such as more family wage jobs, additional retail and entertainment opportunities, and needed road improvements such as the planned widening of Linder Road, Ten Mile Road, and Chinden Boulevard.
I can hardly believe that this will be my last Mayor’s Message… I send it to you today with a lot of mixed emotions. After 16 years, I enter my final week as your Mayor. Admittedly, stepping out of office is bittersweet. It’s been hard letting go; Meridian is in my blood!
It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through November! Fall is always a time of reflection for me – and as I reflect, I can’t help but be thankful. Some days it’s much easier to focus on the negative as it seems that’s all we see on social media and on the news. It’s important to take a deep breath and fill our thoughts with thankfulness. I made a list of what I’m most thankful for. You’ll see my top 10 below, I encourage you to do the same.
You may have noticed that the City has been sprinkled with campaign signs and the neighborhoods are abuzz with talks of the 2019 General City Election. It’s officially campaign season - campaign signs, social media posts, door knocking, phone calls, debates and more are coming your way! This November 5th there is a BIG election here at the City. Citizens will have the opportunity to vote for three new City Council members, as well as your next Mayor.
There are certain people that you meet in life that seem to leave an impression wherever they go. Those individuals with selfless spirits and hearts made of gold. They shine light into our lives on dark days and always seem to be there with a hand up or strong shoulder.
10 February 2020
A Strategic Approach
27 January 2020
Hands-Free in Meridian and Beyond
12 January 2020
A New Comprehensive Plan for Meridian's Future
29 December 2019
A Bittersweet Farewell
16 December 2019
The Season of Giving
01 December 2019
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
18 November 2019
So much to be thankful for!
04 October 2019
20 September 2019
04 September 2019
Pre-K Through Grey