Citizens of Union County,
Nov. 15 was the last regular meeting of my term on this Board of Commissioners.
Almost any adjective one can name could describe my feelings during the past four years.
My objectives during my term have been to work for the citizens of Union County to preserve and improve the opportunities and quality of life for all, to represent all the citizens and to be fiscally responsible to the citizens with Union County’s assets, including their money.
I am not going to name accomplishments, or lack of, during the past four years. Each of you can, and maybe should, do that. What I can say is a lot of people were shocked when I opted to run for this office more than four years ago. I have never considered myself to be a “politician.” However, I do believe we are allowed to be in situations for a reason. I hope I have fulfilled my obligations and your expectations.
Some things I look forward to:
• The Monroe Bypass or Union Parkway or whatever the name getting started – and completed.
• Dec. 6, when a new Board of Commissioners majority will be sworn into office and the quality of leadership this will bring to Union County.
• Continued relationships with citizens of this county.
• “Legacy Park” near Marshville becoming a reality and the opportunities it will bring to this county and region.
• All areas of Union County having access to affordable high speed Internet.
• The opening the Waxhaw Emergency facility.
• Long-term solutions to our water and, subsequent, sewer challenges.
• Union County re-establishing quality relationships with its neighbors to the north, south, east and west, and working collaboratively to find regional solutions to issues facing all of us.
• Union County establishing and re-establishing quality relationships within its border.
• Citizens again using county property adjacent to Lake Tonawanda as part of the park.
• Continued protection and preservation of property rights.
• Continuing to be a citizen of Union County for the rest of my life. I want it to be the best possible place to live.
I want to thank Union County department heads and staff for all they do. We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful, committed group of individuals working for us. These folks deserve our appreciation.
I thank my wife, Marie, for her understanding and perseverance during these four years. Marie has never complained to me about the office. She may have complained to herself and to others but never to me.
And finally, I thank the citizens of Union County for granting me this opportunity. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your commissioner.
May God bless Union County,