Our view: New officials, stay on task | CraigDailyPress.com

Our view: New officials, stay on task

Editorial Board

Renee Campbell, Newspaper representative

Amy Fontenot, Newspaper representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley, Newspaper representative

Corrie Ponikvar, Community representative (absent)

Bonnie Hulstine, Community representative

On Tuesday, a new mayor and four newly elected city council members were sworn into office to serve the Craig community.

Two of those city councilmen — Derek Duran and John Ponkivar — are new to city council, while Joe Bird and Kent Nielson will once again take seats at city hall.

We’d like to congratulate the newly elected officials, including our new mayor, Ray Beck.

Elected officials are tasked with conducting governance over the city where they were elected, and Craig needs much help in many areas.

We challenge city council and the new mayor to really listen to what residents want from them and do what’s best for the city.

Economic development has been all over the map, and we encourage the newly elected officials to boost our economy and try to fill some of the 200,000 square feet of open retail space in Craig.

Many of those who sit on council are business men and/or business owners, so we have faith that they will find a solution for our economic slump. We encourage Beck to really take what he learns from the NACo workshop and apply it to Craig.

Move the community forward, and shake things up.

No longer should constituents be OK with the direction that the city is headed. No longer should council just approve what city staff is doing. Council and the mayor need to be more active in boosting our current situation.

Change is necessary. Don’t fear it, embrace it. Craig deserves to see something other than the status quo.

We can’t just try to maintain what we have now. We need to move forward and not backward.

We also challenge the council and the mayor to keep city council meetings to the point. Discuss issues that are pertinent to our community.

Listen to residents. Hold city staff accountable, and work together.

We love Craig and feel it’s a great place to live. We also know that our elected officials are equally passionate about our city. We look forward to seeing what the future holds.

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