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[District 3 Update with Council Member Jerry Nickerson]

[00:00:09]

HELLO AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER CITY COUNCIL UPDATE TODAY.

WE'RE IN DISTRICT THREE WITH COUNCILMAN JERRY NICKERSON, AND I KNOW THAT WE'VE GOT A LOT GOING ON IN DISTRICT THREE, AND IT'S VERY EXCITING DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT'S BEEN A ROUGH YEAR, BUT YET THINGS ARE MOVING FORWARD IN THAT.

GREAT.

YES, IT IS GREAT.

AND IT HAS BEEN A ROUGH YEAR, UH, AS WE ALL KNOW, WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH COVID, UH, THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD AS WELL AS RIGHT HERE IN GARLAND AND IN DISTRICT THREE, UH, I WILL SAY, I THINK THAT THE, THE WORK THAT, UH, THE CITY STAFF HAS DONE AND CITY COUNCIL, UH, ON A, ON DEVELOPING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR OP MAINTAINING OPERATIONS FOR OUR CITIZENS HAS BEEN REALLY, UH, UH, FANTASTIC.

AND WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME DOING THAT.

AND I THINK WE WE'VE HAD AN ADDITIONAL 25 TO 30 MEETINGS, UH, RELATED JUST TO COVID POSSIBLY EVEN MORE THAN THAT.

AND WE'RE CONTINUING TO, TO DEAL WITH IT AND DISCUSS IT.

AND EVERY ONE OF OUR WORK SESSIONS, UH, AS WELL.

UM, SO, UH, BUT I AM PROUD OF WHAT'S, UH, WHAT THE STAFF AND, AND THE CITIZENS HAVE ABANDONED TOGETHER AND HAVE DONE THEIR BEST TO DO WHAT THEY NEED TO, TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS, UM, THROUGH THIS PERIOD.

AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO BE STRONGER AND SMARTER AT IT, AS WE'VE ALL LEARNED A LOT, UM, ON HOW TO DEAL WITH COVID AND JUST WHAT IT IS AND WHAT WE CAN DO.

AND HOPEFULLY HERE SOON, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME VACCINATIONS THAT MIGHT CAN HELP US EVEN FURTHER AND WE'LL GET CONTROL OF THIS THING.

SO, UH, BUT I WILL SAY THAT DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME, AS YOU MENTIONED, DOROTHY, UH, WE'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF WORK HERE IN THE CITY AND AS WELL AS IN DISTRICT THREE, UH, IT'S BEEN A LONG YEAR, UH, IN, BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'RE HAVING TO DO, BUT WE'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND, AND VERY BUSY.

UH, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON WITH THE BOND PROGRAM, UH, THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND IN DISTRICT THREE.

AND AS YOU KNOW, ONE OF MY GOALS WAS DONE WHEN WE DID THIS BOND PROGRAM WAS TO TRY TO MAKE IT WORK EFFICIENTLY AND GET THROUGH THIS AS FAST AS WE COULD GET THESE PROJECTS ON THE GROUND AND TO HELP US, UM, UH, CONSERVE OUR RESOURCES IN DOING SO.

UH, BUT A COUPLE I'D LIKE TO KIND OF HIGHLIGHT QUICKLY.

I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT GETTING, UH, GETTING THE ANIMAL SHELTER AND COMING UP.

AND THE POLICE EVIDENCE FACILITY BOTH SURELY NEEDED FOR A LONG TIME.

AND, UM, THEY'VE BEEN IN DESIGN OVER THE LAST YEAR AND I THINK HERE SOON, WE'RE GOING TO SEE A ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION ON THEM.

IT'S ALWAYS EXCITING.

UH, IN ADDITION, WE HAVE SOME GOING ON RIGHT IN DISTRICT THREE WITH, UH, SOME WORK ON THE BOB TOWN WIDENING DOWN THERE.

UM, AND SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE SEEN SOME CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY DOWN THE HIGHWAY FROM THERE, BUT IT IS RELATED TO BOB TOWN.

I NEED CONTRACTORS USING IT TO STOCKPILE, SOME TOPSOIL THAT HE'S GOING TO BE MOVING AROUND.

UM, SO, UH, IT IS HAPPENING AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW, AND THAT'S JUST WONDERFUL.

AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT SPEED OF THIS PROGRAM PICK UP AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

AND I'M HAPPY THAT WE'RE ON TRACK SCHEDULE WISE ACROSS THE BOARD.

THE, UH, SO, YOU KNOW, UM, THAT'S KIND OF WHERE WE ARE ON THAT BOND ISSUE.

AND, UH, I KNOW EVERYBODY'S EXCITED ABOUT IT.

I KNOW THE BOND IS VERY EXCITING AND THOSE ARE IMPORTANT PROJECTS.

YOU ALSO HAVE SOME OTHER REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS GOING ON IN DISTRICT THREE THAT ARE ALSO VERY EXCITING AND VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR AREA.

YES, WE DO.

AND, AND IT IS, IT IS EXCITING TO ACTUALLY SEE THE IMPROVEMENTS, UH, HITTING THE GROUND.

UH, WE HAVE SEVERAL, I JUST THOUGHT I'D MENTIONED, UH, BUT THEY ALL ARE GOING TO BRING, I THINK, SOME ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT TO OUR AREA AND SOME JOB OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL.

AND, AND ALSO THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR THE AREA, UH, WANT TO MENTION THAT WE DO HAVE THAT MULTI-FAMILY FACILITY, UH, THAT'S KIND OF OF A NEW DESIGN AND NOT THE OLD GARDEN STYLE DESIGN.

IT WILL BE OUT THERE ADJACENT TO JOHN PAUL, UH, PARK, UM, ACROSS FROM THE BASS PRO AREA.

UH, IT'S GOING TO BE A REALLY NICE FACILITY THERE.

UH, AND THEY'RE ALSO HELPING US WITH SOME ROAD EXTENSIONS OF ZION, BRING IT BACK AROUND ON MY 30.

SO THAT'LL HELP US DOWN THAT IN, WELL, IN ADDITION, WE HAVE A PROJECT HAS REALLY BEEN ON THE BOOKS AND WORKING AND MOVING FORWARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW IS ACTUALLY BREAKING GROUND.

AND THAT'S THE NEW RV RESORT FACILITY, UH, AS WELL DOWN THERE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF MY 30, UH, IN THAT BASS PRO AREA, UH, THAT'S GOING TO BE A REALLY INTERESTING IN AND DIFFERENT KIND OF FACILITY FOR US.

UM, AND I THINK IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL, HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AS I'VE TALKED TO THE OWNER RECENTLY,

[00:05:01]

AND HE'S HAVING PEOPLE IN THAT RV TYPE COMMUNITY, UH, REACHING OUT ALREADY ABOUT THE FACILITY AND THAT WILL DEFINITELY ADD ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT TO THE AREA BEST FRO AND RESTAURANTS SHOULD ALL BENEFIT FROM THAT TOO.

AND THEN ONE MORE, IT'S AN OLD FACILITY THAT'S BEEN SORT OF AN EYESORE FOR SOME TIME AND IT'S BEING COMPLETELY RENOVATED AND REBUILD.

AND IT'S THAT OLD EXXON CONVENIENCE AND EXCELLENT, UM, GASOLINE FACILITY THERE AT, UH, AT AND, UM, AS WELL.

AND IT, UM, IT'S GOING TO HAVE A NEW ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES AND SONIC IT'S GONNA HAVE A NEW SONIC DRIVE IN THERE AND UPGRADED THE ENTIRE FACILITY IN CONVENIENCE STORE AREA.

IT WILL BE A SAFER, WELL LIT AND REALLY, I THINK ADDED VALUE TO OUR AREA CONVENIENCE FOR OUR CITIZENS AS WELL.

SO YEAH, THERE ARE SOME, SOME REALLY NICE THINGS HAPPENING, UH, IN THE, THAT HAVE BEEN, UH, APPROVED AND PLANNED FOR SOME TIME.

AND THEN THEY, AND THEY'RE NOW WELL, AND I KNOW THERE'S A MUCH ANTICIPATED PROJECT IN THE EASTERN HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

OH YES.

MY POSSIBILITIES AS HAS STEMMED A LOT OF INTEREST FROM THE CITIZENS IN THAT AREA AND REALLY ACROSS THE CITY, I THINK, UM, I THINK EVENTUALLY IT'S GOING TO BE, UH, BUILT OUT AND BE A REALLY NICE ADDITION TO OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, AND, UH, ALTHOUGH IT'S MOVING A LITTLE SLOWER THAN WE WOULD HAVE LIKED, UH, THEY HAVE, MY POSSIBILITIES TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING HARD.

THEY THIS WHOLE YEAR, UH, AS WELL IN THE DESIGN SIDE OF THIS, THEY ALSO HAD TO DEVELOP ALL NEW KINDS OF FINANCING APPROACH OR FOR A FACILITY LIKE THIS WHEN THEY'RE NOT A DEVELOPER.

SO THEY'VE HAD A LESSONS TO LEARN THERE AS WELL.

UH, THAT MAY HAVE SLOWED IT DOWN A LITTLE, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD WITH OUR STAFFS ON THE ENGINEERING AND DEVELOPMENT SIDE, THE GRASP, THE TECHNICAL CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE THERE, AND THOSE ARE MOVING FORWARD.

SO I FULLY EXPECT MY POSSIBILITIES WILL BE, UH, MOVING FORWARD IN THIS NEXT HALF OF THE NEW YEAR, UH, AND GETTING THROUGH THE PLANNING AND DETAILED PHASE OF DESIGN, GET US GET COUNSEL, AND THEN, UH, THERE'LL BE READY TO START MOVING, UH, MOVING GROUND OUT THERE, UH, SHORTLY AFTER THAT.

SO MAYBE WITHIN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, WE'LL SEE THAT HIM.

OKAY.

THAT'S EXCELLENT.

I KNOW IT'S BEEN A VERY EXCITING TIME IN DISTRICT THREE, AND I KNOW THAT YOU WELCOME INPUT AND CONVERSATION WITH YOUR CONSTITUENTS.

THEY CAN REACH YOU, UH, THROUGH THE, YOUR CITY EMAIL ADDRESS, AS WELL AS THROUGH THE PHONE NUMBER.

WE KEEP UP ON THE WEBSITE FOR YOU.

ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUR CONSTITUENTS? JUST THAT, THAT I'VE BEEN VERY, UH, VERY PROUD OF, OF THE CITIZENS OF MY DISTRICT IN TO THE COVID PROCESSES.

THEY'VE BEEN A GREAT, GREAT ASSET TO OUR CITY, WATCHING OUT FOR EACH OTHER.

AND I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THAT.

AND THEY'VE BEEN VERY CONSIDERATE OF ME FOR ALL THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING AND UNDERSTANDING WHEN MAYBE I DON'T GET BACK TO THEM AS SOON AS I SHOULD.

UH, BUT, UM, I'M PROUD TO SERVE THE DISTRICT AND HAVE BEEN VERY PROUD OF THE SYSTEMS THAT I SERVE AND OF THIS CITY AND WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT.

EXCELLENT.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR THESE UPDATES AND THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL UPDATE.

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* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Speech-to-Text.