Culture that helps boost the local economy, a bedrock vision in my campaign for Carson City Supervisor, is one of the hallmarks of this early 2016 summer season and will prove a key building block to a better future here.
Among my top goals for city government is a Board of Supervisors and city staff even more supportive of various events, not just the visual and performing arts, that contribute to local businesses and enhance our quality of life. The arts are important, but culture goes well beyond those fine contributions.
The weekend just past was an example. Classic and muscle cars or trucks and law enforcement motorcycles at Mills Park were in evidence. I was on hand Sunday to check out the cars and trucks, enjoying them with other residents and visitors to our state capital community. There also was music at the Brewery Arts Center, as was the case the previous weekend.
That previous weekend we also hosted the Epic Rides, the Native American powwow and other opportunities for folks with wide ranging cultural interests. All these events are indicative of the possibilities and show what we can build on going forward.
City government needs to enable such activities, whether recreational, historical or cultural, because they are all part of our rich cultureal heritage in Nevada. Government can partner with groups for such activities, but alsway must remain mindful that it is enabling commercial activity and not wholly underwriting it. Fiscal prudence must prevail.
Monday (today) brings another event that pairs local community spirit with our cultural heritage. The local Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual feed and meeting at the Stewart Indian School and I'll be on hand. The Stewart grounds are beautiful and work is under way to feature the location and our Native American population's heritage.
Last year's similar Chamber event was at the decommissioned Nevada State Prison, which may become a Carson City tourist magnet over time.
Sandwiched between the Epic Rides weekend and the one just past was a significant meeting on improving local streets. Last Thursday marked the opening and organizational session of the citizens' street advisory panel at which Transportation Manager Patrick Pittenger outlined past street project and maintenance spending, as well as the need for future work. The panel is charged with helping set street maintenance priorities.
Street and deferred maintenance are also key elements of my campaign for supervisor. Letting maintenance needs pile up over time means they will cost more when we get to them later. That, for example, is what happened with our wastewater treatment plant. General construction costs are outstripping inflation, rising recently by 9 percent per year.
My view is we should tackle deferred maintenance as soon as possible so we have room for other priorities later. Our community depends on sound physical infrastructure, such as streets and government buildings, as well as topflight quality of life opportunities.
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