I’d like to thank The Douglas Dispatch and City Hall administration for setting up this special column for councilmembers to update our wards and community as a whole on our projects and activities. I think it’s important to inform our constituents that your elected officials are being active in representing you.
Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been involved with as a councilmember:
• We’re working on cleaning up the areas around Walmart and JCPenney buildings where a build-up of trash has occurred. I’d like to thank Ronnie Cornejo for posting on social media about the problem and bringing it to our attention.
• I was informed a few months ago of possibly having funds to fix more streets in the city. I suggested that a top priority should be fixing heavy traffic areas that are around our schools (such as 19th street in my ward).
• I expressed concerns we’ve heard at council meetings from business owners about Chino Road and reaching out to appropriate parties that can help with a study and also discussing the matter with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) who controls parts of that road.
• Mrs. Watson and I had a discussion with Finance Director Luis Pedroza, about explaining the services that the city charges our citizens and being more transparent on utility bills so our residents understand what they are paying for and also comparing them to other cities/towns. A City Council Report was posted on the city’s website with information on this topic.
• With tensions building around border security and border cities such as Nogales and Bisbee / Naco protesting the current short term solution by the President, I believe we need to invite Governor Doug Ducey to Douglas after his appointment to a White House advisory group to discuss the long term solution at our border that involves a commercial and modernized port of entry, much more needed uniformed staff, and enhanced technology that’s available to protect our border and residents. I would prefer to work with our state and federal government officials instead of pushing them away.
I hope to continue to advance on these projects and issues that are in the best interest of our city. Thank you for taking the time to read this column and will be looking forward on updating all of our constituents!