A Little of This, A Little of That

I held my first “open house” a couple of weeks ago, where I worked from the council chambers and invited residents to come ask questions, voice concerns, and air grievances. I had a great time, and I was encouraged by the many residents who took time out of their day to come share their thoughts with me. My plan is to continue this practice as often as possible. I will take this a step further and visit neighborhoods this summer. I hope this will be a better option for people at home with kids who can’t make it over to City Hall.  I plan to create an online sign up form for those who may be interested. I’ll keep you posted.

As I’ve discussed previously, Pony Express Days has undergone some changes this year . Here is a link if you would like to see the schedule of events that will be offered. Some events that you are used to seeing are not on the schedule- the rodeo, demolition derby and concert being the largest. I know that many of you have enjoyed those events over the years. I have as well. I want to make sure that each of you know why we have made these changes. The Pony Express Days celebration cost the tax payers approximately $129,000 last year. The three largest events represent a majority of the expenses. While I enjoy our celebration very much, I can’t support spending at this level given the other needs we have.

My desire is to return our celebration to a sustainable level that serves our community as the primary audience. One way that we will do this is to have our celebration from Tuesday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 7th. This will allow more families to participate with their children after the school year has concluded. We are also taking some of the events that didn’t fit in to the abbreviated schedule, and offering them throughout the summer and early fall months. As an example, we would hold the “movie in the park” several times this year in different locations throughout the city.

As our city grows and as we establish a track record of successfully executing events at a modest cost, we may add to the event line-up. In the mean time, I hope that you will each enjoy the events with your families, and I look forward to seeing you there! If you would like to volunteer to help, or if your business would like to sponsor an event, please contact our events coordinator Chas Glenn at cglenn@emcity.org. She is doing a wonderful job getting things ready to go!

6 thoughts on “A Little of This, A Little of That

  1. Bryan,

    Thank you for your question. You are correct that the Rodeo will not be a part of Pony Express Days. It is my understanding that the rodeo committee has decided to hold the rodeo on a different date. Because I don’t want to speak out of turn, I wont say when that will be, but that is my understanding.

      • Matt, we have calculated the cost to be under 25k. There is little reason for the events to cost 25k however. We have already collected sponsorships to reduce our cost. I don’t want to make the mistake of underestimating the expenses so we have said 25k. So that you are aware, there will be an expenditure of $61,400 from a rodeo contract that wasn’t canceled in time last year. This money is a contractual obligation that will be paid. I should also say that the 25k is not calculating wages, but this will also be far less than in years past as we have reduced the staffing in the events department.

      • Mayor Pengra, I appreciate the clarification. I’m planning to start attending the council meetings to keep up to date. Also, is there a master plan for the city at this time, or is this something that is in the process?

        Thanks again,

  2. Matt, There are several plans for the city. There is a Master Plan for the city’s overall layout and zoning is concerned and there is a “master plan” for the long range conceptual goals of what we want to be when we grow up. The are both equally important. We do go through the plans and update them periodically and right now the Master Plan for zoning and layout is under review. We have a process to methodically plan for future roads, water, electric, sewer, and gas infrastructures needs as well. These are all incorporated in to the Master Plan. I hope that helps.

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