When Melanie Hepperly looks back at the past eight years in Fairway, she sees a lot for the city council and mayor’s office to be proud of.
After facing a budget crisis in 2010, the city today is in a strong and stable financial position. During Jerry Wiley’s tenure at mayor, three major city asset projects — the complete renovation of the city pool, the relocation of the public works facility to Roeland Park, and the purchase and remodeling of the former Churchill building as the new city hall — have all been wrapped up.
But Hepperly, who was sworn in as Fairway mayor last week after two terms as a councilwoman representing Ward 1, says she sees two big issues looming on the horizon that will require a good deal of attention and effort in the coming years: improving stormwater management to prevent the increasingly frequent flooding along Rock Creek, and solidifying the future of the Shawnee Indian Mission.
Neither issue will be simple to address.