State of the City
In his 10-minute address, Heath primarily spoke positively about the efforts of Council members, employees and the improvements made over the past several years. He spent the majority of the speech touting economic development, community partnerships, and professionalism and fiscal responsibility as the key reasons for success.
“These three pillars are key, in part, are what influences our future decisions. By adhering to these three pillars of thought, we are a healthy and resilient community that will thrive into the future.”
The mayor spent an extensive amount of time discussing tourism in his speech, claiming that Sheridan is quickly turning into not only a stop along the way to Yellowstone National Park, but a tourism destination itself. He added that Sheridan is on everyone’s “bucket list” and applauded last year’s successful tourism season.
Last year’s lodging tax revenues from June to September were the second highest on record. Heath added that this summer is expected to be just as busy as last year.
He also praised partnerships between businesses and the city. Efforts by the Critical Air Service Team were also praised by the mayor who said the arrival of twice-daily jet service is and will continue to be instrumental in the economic development of Sheridan.
More than 500 building permits were issued in 2015, which was up slightly from the previous year. “This number reflects small projects and large. It means that our economy is durable and ready to compete in the marketplace for years to come. This number also reflects the cooperation between local, state, city organizations bringing in new businesses and maintaining existing ones.”
Heath mentioned the development of many new economic expansions and changes over the past year, specifically the construction of the new Whitney Rink at the M&M’s Center, the expansion of the Black Tooth Brewing Company, Sheridan Farmers Co-Op’s new facility, Cowboy State Bank’s new building and the old Montgomery Ward building transforming into a residential and retail building.
As for the city itself, Heath touted both the expansion of curbside recycling and the future city manager position, both of which were contested by members of the public.
Heath said he plans to steer the city to continue to increase economic development and enhance current public services while keeping an eye on fiscal responsibility.
Reprinted with permission from The Sheridan Press, March 8, 2016.
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