City Council Retreat Highlights

Mineola City Council Members and Department Heads

Mineola City Council Members and Department Heads

The city council held a special retreat Saturday with city department heads. Discussion of opportunities for the city topped the agenda. The overwhelming consensus seemed to be that development of the downtown area and the city’s parks would bring the most benefit to the city.

The discussion quickly turned to the apparent apathy from the community concerning city government. The public was invited to attend the retreat, but there were no members of the general public present. Questions as to the community’s understanding of what the city council actually does for them and how to disseminate information from the council were deliberated. Public access broadcast, newspaper columns, and information shared on water bills were some ideas bounced around to address the issue.

The key downtown development idea focused on increasing sales tax revenue by attracting more retail and professional businesses to the district, since they provide over forty percent of the city’s budget funds. There was also mention of expanding the business presence along Broad Street, in the area surrounding the coming JalapeƱo Tree restaurant. Public transportation was considered as a way to link the downtown development to the parks development. Parks development concentrated heavily on the Nature Preserve and the draw it brings to the city. Events, activities, and public transportation between the Preserve and the downtown area were discussed.

Sound off and let us know what you think would increase the community’s understanding of and interest in the city council, and what opportunities and developments would best benefit our city.

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5 comments for “City Council Retreat Highlights

  1. Lisa Hilbers
    June 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

    First let me Thank you gratefully for the Mineola Nature Preserve. I swear that place is therapeutic for the mind and soul.

    But while we’re on that subject, there needs to be access to the trails for those that are disabled. More than just a quick ride through. Some of us although disabled and aren’t able to walk it would still like to spend time further than the immediate garden area.

    While it hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the garden areas, I know myself and others that would be so very grateful to be allowed a further reach as well.

    • Pat Wood
      June 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      There is a way to enter the trail from the bottom of the hill (off the CR). I have never done that but you can call public works or city hall and they can explain how to access.

  2. Lillian Beth Speights
    June 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Although I live outside the city limits of Mineola, I was born and raised here and have returned to live the rest of my life here. I am proud of Mineola and consider it one of the most all-American towns in the country. I am so sorry to read about the apathy and the fact that no citizens attended the city council retreat. I am sadder yet that this is what is going on throughout our country, resulting in amazingly poor leadership statewide and nationwide. Only a minute segment of qualified voters even cared enough to vote for mayor of Mineola. I wish we knew what we could do to build patriotism and enthusiasm in the hearts of the voting public. Only then will we reap the benefits of strong, caring leadership.

    • Pat Wood
      June 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      We certainly like to hear from those who live outside the city limits. Mineola is where you shop and eat and we appreciate those sales tax dollars you spend here. So never hesitate to let us know what your thoughts are!

    • Pat Wood
      June 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Part 2. I sure hope you don’t think that apathy has led to “amazingly poor leadership” within Mineola. I like to think that in this case and this year the good people who voted showed outstanding insight and foresight.

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