I cannot say too many times, thank you to the many volunteers in our city and the area. We have seven or eight volunteer Boards and Commissions that help the city in a variety of issues. Some of the Boards and Commissions have some power to make decisions, but most of them are advisory in nature.
The Boards or Commissions we have that have power to make decisions are all given this authority by either state law, or by city ordinances. These groups are appointed by the Mayor, and must be approved by the City Council. The other advisory Boards and Commissions are appointed by the Mayor, with no City Council approval necessary.
During the last couple of weeks I have been spending time attempting to finish undone projects, and trying to wrap up various issues. I am trying not to leave too many unfinished projects for the new Mayor. This is really only a great idea and dream, because there will be plenty of unfinished issues that new Mayor Cindy Donnell will inherit. However, I will continue to help Cindy if and when she wants any information or possible help I may be able to give.
The volunteer groups, as well as the Boards and Commissions we have in town will also help immensely in the transition from one administration to the next. Projects and work in progress will continue, as these groups continue.
I thank the citizens in Hot Springs for the opportunity to have served you. I tried to work hard for the good of the community, but I can assure you that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I also truly thank The Star for making room in the paper for the many articles I have sent them. Thank you again to the citizens of Hot Springs for allowing me to be your Mayor.
-Mayor Don De Vries