The Community Room at Cochise College was filled will local leaders and community members interested in learning about City plans and projects this morning for the 2019 Sierra Vista Spotlight Breakfast. There was much to cover this year!
Assistant City Manager Victoria Yarbrough provided a summary of the City Council’s Strategic Leadership Plan for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Divided into the focus areas of Engage, Enhance, Empower, and Enjoy, the plan outlines strategic goals and initiatives for the staff to implement over the next two years. The full plan is available online.
City Manager Chuck Potucek provided an update on the local economy, which is recovering after the economic downturn that began in 2008. Potucek shared how Sierra Vista’s population, home sales, and local tax revenues are all trending upwards. Sales tax revenues have increased an average of 4 percent since fiscal year 2016. Workforce numbers on Fort Huachuca have also been trending up and federal action to prevent future automatic cuts through sequestration also bodes well for the local economy.
Potucek also touched on a variety of upcoming City projects and initiatives to include:
- The demolition of the old Public Works yard adjacent to Cyr Center Park, which will facilitate expansion of recreational amenities and create space for a second recycling drop-off location in a convenient West End location
- The Schneider Electric project that is enabling the City to tackle some much-needed maintenance deferred during the economic downturn and save on energy/water costs, while also enhancing facilities for sports play and to attract tournaments
- The construction of an EMS substation on the southeast corner of Buffalo Soldier Trail and 7th Street to reduce medical response times
- Design of W. Fry Blvd/N. Garden Avenue infrastructure and landscaping improvements, which will include a public input process kicking off later this fiscal year
- And efforts to improve recreational facilities at the Rothery Educational Service Center complex to better support events, tournaments, and activities there and in adjacent Veterans Memorial Park
In addition, Potucek noted how the six tournaments hosted this summer on City ball fields resulted in an estimated economic impact of more than $1.1 million resulting from the players, coaches, and families traveling to and staying in Sierra Vista. Further enhancing City sports facilities will enable the community to attract and host more tournaments in the future, bolstering efforts to bring new people and dollars to Sierra Vista.