Happy New Year to all residents of our beautiful community! The New Year will be bringing many new and exciting additions to Santa Clara. Harmons will anchor a vibrant new commercial center at the intersection of Rachel Drive and Pioneer Parkway. Gubler Park will see the addi-tion of new Pickleball courts and other amenities. Restrooms at Canyon View Park will be reno-vated. Highway 91 at the hill leading to Ivins will be widened and improved. A Veterans Memori-al is being designed and will be installed at the Cemetery. A new City Councilman, Jarett Waite, is taking office, and we are bidding farewell to David Whitehead, who has served one four year term.
As these major events were unfolding in 2015, the Mayor and Council agreed that we should give residents an opportunity to visit with elected representatives and senior staff regarding how these activities will unfold, and to provide input and suggestions as we begin crafting the budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2016.
You can accomplish that New Year’s Resolution to become more involved in your community by participating in an open house scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rachel Drive Fire Station. Representatives from Harmons will be available to discuss plans for what will be developed around their anchor store. City Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to describe recreation improvements in the works. Public Works staff will be available to describe the Highway 91 project and other improvements.
Most importantly, the Mayor and City Council will be available to address your concerns and visit about future priorities. In the past few weeks, residents have expressed concerns about approval of a limited service restaurant liquor license issued for the Granary, the installation of a four-way stop sign at Lava Flow and Arrowhead, closing Lava Cove during the installation of subdivision improvements, and evidence that water is surfacing along the base of the hill behind the Jacob Hamblin home. A common theme expressed by concerned citizens is the desire for more transparency and information prior to decisions being made.
In many cases, established ordinances and standards guide the decision making process and the opportunities for public input and comment. Please come and learn about these processes, as well as taking the opportunity to discuss your concerns with your elected officials.
We will be providing the ability to leave written comments and suggestions, as well as letting us know your top priorities for the investment of community funds as we begin crafting the budget for the budget year beginning on July 1, 2016.
Come and join us – bring those Scouts working on Citizenship in the Community and other mer-it badges. Get introduced to the new City Councilman. Let the Mayor and Council know about any concerns you have been discussing with friends and neighbors. We hope to see many of you on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Rachel Drive Fire Station.