Fellow citizens,

Thank you all for your participation in our latest election. I am looking forward to serving as your mayor for two more years and I know that my fellow council members, new and incumbents, are enthusiastic also. The ISD is surely elated — some of the county bond elections did not go so well, but our ISD was wise in what they asked for, and your response was tremendous.

I want to talk about a decision, or a correction, that your city council made at our last meeting. The meeting was specially called in order to correct unintended consequences that a December 2016 council decision created for incoming businesses. Last December, the council (of course myself included) adopted all of the new 2015 International Codes regarding building, electrical work, and much more including a new fire code. The problem with the December adoption was that it gave new, incoming businesses too little notice of the changes, especially in the case of the fire code.

The fire code changes were onerous and expensive, and the planning created real difficulties for new businesses. The council unanimously elected to extend the effective date of the fire code changeover until Jan. 1, 2018 in order to give new tenants and builders time to prepare. I know of at least two business, and several prospective businesses, that will benefit from this change, and our city will, in turn, benefit in many ways.

Our sales tax allocation was $115,930 this month. This is an allocation from March sales. I believe that this is a new record for May allocations, and we are still hopefully on our way to another million-dollar year.

“Music in the Park” season will begin on Tuesday evening, May 23, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Dorothy Fielder Park. Tony Ramey will provide the music and it will be a wonderful time for all who attend. I hope to see you there. Our Chamber of Commerce sponsors these events and we will have several this summer.

I wish you all well, and thank you for your citizenship.

Yours truly,

Mayor Larry Cooper