It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to connect with our citizens to update you all on current city business and upcoming events.

As you have all learned in recent times, the City of Douglas, with our county, state, and federal partners, is making great progress on bringing a commercial port of entry to help commerce in our region. At the recommendation of the General Services Administration, City Council and staff recently kicked off our port of entry tours. Through these tours, we have visited different ports along the U.S.-Mexico Border and leave each facility with a better understanding of best practices and lessons learned in expansion and construction efforts.

This type of information gathering is critical to optimize construction planning at the Raul H. Castro and Commercial Land Port of Entry. This tour is a positive step in making sure that the City of Douglas supports and promotes the best suited efforts for our community as we look ahead at port expansion projects. I had the chance to tour the San Ysidro Port of Entry and gained a lot of insight on port of entry operations which will valuable perspective when planning construction of a new port.

In other City news, the computers in the Douglas Public Library computer lab are going through a network update. Our IT department expects to complete the network updates within the next two to three weeks which would put the computer lab back online. Also, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at City Hall on Nov 30 from 4-6 p.m. with the tree lighting commencing at 6 p.m. The Christmas Light Parade will begin immediately after the tree lighting ceremony and is slated to start at 7 p.m.

Please feel free to contact me either by email at Margaret.Morales@douglasaz.gov or by phone at (520) 249-9835.

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