Mayor ensures city is OK in the state of the city address

March 4, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

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Mayor John Dulcich delivered the annual state of the city address at the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 9 luncheon.

During the speech, Dulcich also outlined the biggest achievements of 2010 — including the success of Newcastle Days — as well as the state of the city’s finances, major projects and outlook.

Financially, he said the city will be all right as long as the governing body is alert and responsible.

Mayor John Dulcich gives a state of the city address at the February meeting of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce. By Tim Pfarr

“We’re OK,” he said about the city’s finances. “The reality is, there’s a little water in the bilge, but we’re moving forward, and we’re not sinking, and we’re not on fire.

“I think that’s important,” he said.

Dulcich also gave an overview of the largest construction projects planned for the city this year.

In addition to the library — which is now being built — a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast.

“Hopefully, that will allow for better access to the library in the city,” Dulcich said.

Also, sidewalks will be built along 116th Avenue Southeast between Southeast 84th Street and Southeast 88th Street, and a sidewalk will be built on Newcastle Golf Club Road to the Coal Creek YMCA.

“Our goal is to get all the major arterials and then to work on the neighborhoods,” Dulcich said about sidewalks. “Obviously, arterials are the most unsafe for people to walk along. The speeds are higher, so that’s what we want to get sidewalks on first.”

Furthermore, the city will spend $1 million for street repairs this year, as it postponed last year’s repairs. A new playground will also be installed in Lake Boren Park this spring.

Dulcich also discussed the recent City Council decision to move City Hall from 13020 Newcastle Way to the Newcastle Professional Center, 12835 Newcastle Way.

“We decided that it would be better to have a more efficient facility, get more productivity out of our staff and really set us up for the next 15 to 20 years in the city,” he said.

Dulcich closed his speech by discussing the city’s outlook.

“The waters ahead for cities in this economy are very murky,” he said. “But if you’re alert and at the helm, you can manage through it.

“It’s up to us to determine our own destiny,” he said. “There are tough waters to sail in, but because of the strength of this Newcastle community, we’re going to make it through.”

On the web

View Mayor John Dulcich’s speech at Newcastle News’ website, www.newcastle-news.com, by clicking the “videos” tab.

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