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Ronca: Fountain Hills is indeed at a crossroads


Mayor Dickey in her State of the Town address passed an important message to all in Fountain Hills:  We’re “at a crossroads.” I rewatched her presentation and took notes.

She begins that her service has been a natural progression of volunteerism and experiences. A journey of involvement. She points out that It is important to seek professional expertise with reasoned debate and public input to guide mature decision-making.

She warns that we are at a “tipping point” when discussing the maintenance of our roads and our 50-year-old town infrastructure. But this is an opportunity, she says, optimistically; a chance to take the right action, spreading ideas and messages until they reach a critical mass, ”the tipping point.”

Her goals are to continue to build on our economic development by adding housing options, jobs, partnering with schools and supporting business vitality, assist with the transition of our new fire department, and continuing to keep our town safe through MCSO.

She discussed welcoming the International Dark Sky Discovery Center and continuing our vital relationships with Fort McDowell, the Salt River Pima community, and our chamber, councils, county and state associations.

She ends with the importance of resisting national interests that can undermine goals for a local community including civility, unity and lawful, predictable, fair governance; putting aside unnecessarily controversial issues and revisiting decisions, and giving equal voice and respect to all our neighbors and staff.

It’s clear to me that Mayor Dickey has the pulse of the community and of the council. I think she’s saying we (elected leaders and residents) are the designers of our own destiny of which the collective town is the benefactor. I, for one, favor Fountain Hills over personal gain. The mayor is right. Fountain Hills is at a crossroads. Choose the course wisely!

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