To the editor:



A response to Michael Freeman’s town hall meeting: Look around this city and see what has happened the four years since I was elected your mayor.

To the editor:

A response to Michael Freeman’s town hall meeting: Look around this city and see what has happened the four years since I was elected your mayor. We stopped the sales tax leakage to other communities with new retail and restaurants, creating over 600 new jobs and over $600,000 in new sales tax revenue.

We completed two of the three major road improvements ahead of schedule and under budget. The  Moreland School Road and Liggett Road extension and the Missouri 7/Colbern Road improvement are complete, and the diverging diamond interchange at I-70 and Woods Chapel Road will soon be under construction. The voters also approved the public safety sales tax to address the police communication system and other needs such as more officers on the streets.

I often tell young people if their minds can conceive it and their hearts can believe it, they can achieve it! There is a catch: To be successful requires preparation. You don’t successfully lead without preparation the state’s 10th largest city, recognized by CNN Money Magazine as one of the top 100 cities in the nation to live in and by Business Week as the best place in the state to raise kids.

Let me tell you what I will not do as your mayor – hit the brakes and put this city in reverse. Rather I will stay the course, keep the foot on the accelerator and continue leading this city on the move.

Where do we go from here? Completion of the Mizzou Center in the Missouri Innovation Park will translate into high paying jobs! A community/recreation center with aquatics. Regional commuter rail that will help spur economic development in downtown Blue Springs.

Contrary to Mr. Freeman’s assessment, people are allowed to talk at council meetings, but I will maintain meeting decorum and order.