Our Leaders 2013 Q&A: Mayor hopes for beautified Main Street
by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
With a new year beginning on the calendar, the West River Eagle thought it best to check-in with our elected officials and provide an open question format so that they could let us know what their hopes are for this year.
Our series begins with City of Eagle Butte Mayor Stephanie Davidson.
So, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down right here with the mayor of Eagle Butte and get a glimpse of what inspires her to lead and serve Eagle Butte as mayor.
WRE: What City of Eagle Butte project or plan are you most excited about for 2013?
MAYOR: I am most excited about the electronic meter installation project. Which to the customer, means they no longer have to call in meter reads, no more late meter read charges, and no more estimation of their account if a meter read is not called in. It will be an improvement in customer service and customer satisfaction. It will also be very helpful to our billing clerks, as the corrective billing process will no longer be necessary. It will be a more efficient and effective system that will advance the City into today’s technology, which most other cities have been using for some time. This project will commence early spring, and finish up by the end of 2013. We also have a lagoon project scheduled for 2013. This project will help in eliminating the odor that emanates from the lagoon, by having aerating systems installed and eliminating some of the sludge build up. Unfortunately, this project will not begin until the spring thaw on the lagoon. Please be patient; we are working to correct the problem.
WRE: What are the best ways for people to give your office feedback in 2013?
MAYOR: Attend our council meetings. Most people that have an issue they wish to discuss come to the meetings. We meet the second Wednesday of each month. If you would like to be on the agenda, please call the city office and request to be put on the agenda.
WRE: When do you think some of the most visible city projects of 2013 will be happening? The least visible?
MAYOR: The City has several projects scheduled for 2013, and all are equally important. The most visible will be the main street water line replacement project which will replace an aging water system. This water main replacement project is scheduled to begin early summer, and be completed within six weeks. We hope to keep the disruption to Main Street traffic at a very minimum, but will appreciate your patience and cooperation until the completion of the project. The least visible will be the on-going street lighting projects that the City has been doing each year.
WRE: If you had one wish for the City of Eagle Butte in 2013, what would it be?
MAYOR: The revitalization and beautification of Main Street. It would be great if we had a main street full of thriving businesses that help to support our economy here at home. We often get many dignitaries and visitors here, and they see what we see–store fronts boarded up, empty, and abandoned buildings that are in disrepair. I would like to see a place where people come to visit, and remember the community as a clean and pleasant place to visit. I would like to see this year be a year of building relationships and forming partnerships to make the revitalization and beautification of Main Street a reality. I would like to see 2013 as a year of change, to honor our community. Support your local merchants and keep Main Street alive.
WRE: What do you enjoy most about living in Eagle Butte?
MAYOR: That we are a very caring community. We know our neighbors by their first names, and when they are in need, the community comes to their aid. We have a small town mentality of caring and being compassionate. That is what makes this community so great.
WRE: What do you think the public doesn’t know that you want them to know?
MAYOR: As with any City government, we look to the future of our community. As we look forward to our future, we’re looking toward sustainability. Sustainability is about preparing for tomorrow, as it is about improving quality of life and protecting resources. We are faced with budget constraints and difficult challenges of continuing to provide essential services to our customers. We are now required to do more with less. We confront difficult issues and make informed, responsible decisions that are at times, unpopular. The projects that we’ll be gearing up for in 2013, are all part of this process, of preparing for the future and for the safety and well being of the community we serve.