I am pleased to contribute another article in this series keeping the public informed.

A few months ago, I was made aware of the deteriorating condition of our Veteran’s Memorial on the corner of Pan American Highway and Hwy 80. After meeting with our local veterans and concerned citizens I then met with Interim City Manager Jerene Watson where we identified needed repairs and produced an action plan to address this need. The plan included replacing the sidewalk sections where the tree roots had lifted the cement causing a tripping hazard.

This has already been completed thanks to the immediate attention of the Public Works department staff, Max Tapia and crew. Future repairs will include replacement of the concrete balustrades and adding a sealant, repairing the electrical boxes and general cleaning and maintenance. To help maintain the dignity and reverence, I ask that the public please refrain from riding bicycles and skateboards on our Memorial.

On Thursday, May 23, at Veterans Memorial Park on Eighth Street, the City will have a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of our All-Inclusive Playground. We are proud this has been designated as a national demonstration site for meeting best practices in design and program elements for all abilities. Please join us in welcoming Senior Vice President of Game Time manufacturing, Mr. Tom Norquist, to our community and this event that he was instrumental in making a reality. Also, a big thanks to Jennifer Smith and her staff in the Leisure Services department for their hard work and enthusiastic efforts to bring us this amenity for our youth — thank you!

Recently in this column introductory information was provided about the upcoming national 2020 Census and the need to be counted! Douglas has been at a disadvantage from about a third of our population being undercounted over the past decade. That translates into over $5 million in our own tax dollars annually not returning back to our City. Our residents need to be aware of how critical this 20-minute, online activity is for our City services. Next year when it is time to be counted, please get your neighbors, friends and relatives together around a computer to sign-up online (more information on how to do this will come out early next year). Let’s take on our civic responsibility to get those revenues returned to us and back to work into our community to provide services and amenities. We are all in this together, thank you.

Mitch Lindemann, Ward 2, mitch.lindemann@douglasaz.gov; (520) 417-7303.

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