Long-time city commissioners Jeff Taylor and Bill Hlavachick consider these to be positives for the city, and say partial credit should go back three decades.
At a commission meeting last month, Taylor spoke of the contributions of George Anderson, city manager from the mid-1980s until 2002 and Larry Koontz, who began as street superintendent in 1985 and retired as public works director and electric superintendent in 2006. They died a day apart, on March 6 and March 7, respectively.
“They set goals for growth and some of the growth we’re experiencing now is a result of that,” Taylor said.
Anderson inherited a budget with no cash carryover, and with simple economics — take in more than you spend — was able to put the city on a more solid footing, according to Taylor.
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