|1/15/2020 3:49:00 PM|
The year ahead
It is still that time of year - a time for planning, organizing, creating plans that put local government and organizations on a solid path for 2020.
In the past several days, local boards have been busy reorganizing, electing officers and preparing for a year that is shaping up to be every bit as eventful as 2019. Now is a good time to examine key tasks that lie at our doorstep.
Here are a few of the most important activities and decisions we see on the horizon for 2020.
The Cemstone development
As a page 2 story suggests, Windom's proposed housing development at Cottonwood Lake is not a sure thing for 2020.
On Monday, the EDA supported an option for Cemstone's 34 acres near the lake. At $100, it was a low-risk move that could pay off in a big way.
So far, the lake lots have received few bids. However, there is strong interest from duplex developers. Mayor Dominic Jones, who wisely vowed to keep general fund dollars out of the project, knows securing bids is key to making the project self-sustaining.
We believe the project's survival hinges on marketing.
County building decisions
Once again, building projects are high on the priority list for Cottonwood County Commissioners.
In addition to a Courthouse roof repair that will exceed $100,000, and a potential remodeling project for the auditor-treasurer's office, commissioners are clearly exploring sites for a new highway department headquarters. A page 1 story, reveals that the city's 10-acre spec building site, in the Carl Schneider Business Park, is among the candidates.
As the county examines options for the 2020 projects, we urge commissioners to separate wants from needs. It would be nice to have extra dollars on hand should a surprise project (similar to the Courthouse roof issue) emerge.
This decision falls on everyone's shoulders.
We enter the new decade with more political strife than we've seen at any point in our lifetimes. Both parties are to blame and, unfortunately, many constituents appear to embrace the tension.
At this point, the most important issue is one neither party appears eager to tackle without resorting to finger-pointing - making this country whole again.
- Rahn Larson