Editorial

October 4, 2013

By Staff

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John Drescher for Newcastle City Council

John Drescher is our preferred candidate for the City Council position.

Drescher has shown strong leadership skills in his year as the chairman of the Planning Commission, guiding the volunteer board as the city works to update its Comprehensive Plan.

It’s a daunting process — updating a document that will play a crucial role in the development of the city through the next 20 years — but under Drescher’s leadership, the process has been organized and productive.

It is a natural step for Drescher to continue this work, with the ability to have a more tangible effect on the city’s future via the City Council.

An active member of the community who has served as president of his homeowners’ association and coached local youth sports teams, Drescher understands what’s important to Newcastle residents. Public safety, maintaining and improving infrastructure, and nurturing the parks, trails and bike paths that make Newcastle a livable city are all facets he plans to champion. Drescher articulates a realistic vision for the future, one that focuses on what the city can do to better itself.

Greene dwells too often on the issue of Newcastle’s annexation by a larger city, a topic that is not immediately relevant given the city’s current financial stability. Greene’s dedication to local government is admirable — he attends nearly every City Council meeting — but Drescher is the best choice.

 

City manages parkway delays well

The first day of the Coal Creek Parkway overlay project was not pretty. Residents’ complaints flooded City Hall, and locals shared their pain on Newcastle News social media platforms.

The headaches were short-lived, though, as better signage and communication made for an easier commute. City staff mobilized admirably to provide detailed detour maps and hand-deliver notices to some neighborhoods affected by the closures.

Public Works Director Mark Rigos and Newcastle City Councilmember Carol Simpson should be commended for their diligent work to answer resident questions and provide maps to a frustrated public.

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