By John J. Caulfield
As we look forward to 2010, it would appear that we can expect the economic uncertainty to continue in the coming new year.
There is no doubt that these are unprecedented times for our economy, both locally and nationally: Cities and counties throughout the country are feeling the impact of the situation and Mountlake Terrace is no exception.
The good news for Mountlake Terrace is that we’ve faced tough times before and worked our way through them. We’ll keep moving forward because of the vision, good planning and infrastructure that we’ve put in place. The centerpiece of our vision is in our downtown where we have pulled together to attract private investment and develop public facilities, bringing new relevance and vitality to our community.
Our accomplishments are due to the strong leadership of the City Council and a “can do” attitude in our city employees. I would like to thank all of our employees for their dedication in carrying out so many initiatives this past year.
We believe that excellence is measured by how much we have achieved with our limited resources. For Mountlake Terrace, we have accomplished much: a financial strategy is in place to address the current economic challenges, capital projects are moving forward, an economic development strategy to revitalize our downtown and other parts of our community is in place, and we have great partnerships and dedicated and committed community volunteers.
We offer our thanks to the many volunteers who dedicate so much of their time to advisory boards and commissions, coaching youth sports, beautifying our community with the Garden Club, promoting community events such as Tour de Terrace and National Night Out, our Crime Watch volunteers and our Seniors Group. The city recognizes their contributions to our successes as a community and thanks them again for their dedication, commitment and support.
I believe that Mountlake Terrace is one of the best places to live and work, primarily because of the dedicated efforts of the many people who believe in this richly diverse community and its future. The city’s pledge to its citizens is to keep adding value to our community, this place we make our homes, raise our children and build our lives. My thanks to all of you for helping to make that so.
John J. Caulfield is city manager of Mountlake Terrace.