In recent years and months, the community of Carlisle has been busy with improvements and projects. While I enjoy the chance to talk one-on-one with many of you, I would also like to help communicate more of what we are accomplishing.
We are utilizing several methods to help us stay connected with our citizens, examples being our web site, social media (Twitter and Facebook), regular newsletters, published council minutes and my monthly Mayor’s Coffee, but any added information is always helpful to us all.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful new trail. Many years of hard work have resulted in an amenity that allows more children to walk to school safely, more people to visit our community, more opportunities for health and recreational activity, and more enjoyment of “Carlisle, the Natural Choice”! And of great significance, regarding this project, is the effort that resulted in offsetting over 80% of the local costs with grants and allocations.
Public Safety continues to be a priority, with the addition to our Fire/Rescue facility and added paramedic staff, improving response times and improving working conditions for our first responders.
Our community continues to work with developers and the Warren County Economic Development Corporation. Through planning and vision, we’ve seen added housing and some great new, expanded, or relocated businesses come to our community.
I am pleased to announce we have addressed many of the desires of citizens that were expressed in a past community survey. This does however make demands on the city budget. We’ve undertaken planning efforts with our budget and capital improvements that have resulted in better budget management and tax levy control.
We’ve improved several streets in the past few years and are working on an improved entrance to Lindhardt (South) Park. We’ve also started the process on School Street improvements, while initiating steps to improve the Highway 5 and Scotch Ridge Road intersection. In addition, we’re working with the Iowa Department of Transportation regarding a traffic signal at Gateway Drive.
With a local option sales tax now in place for streets, sidewalks and public safety, the finances behind our maintenance and improvements will be better managed. And, we’re responsibly setting aside portions of that levy for future projects.
Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that make Carlisle a wonderful place to live, work and play.
Closing on a sad note, I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing of Steve O’Braza, our public works director. Steve was a dedicated public servant with over 35 years of service to our community. The void is immense, and Carlisle will not be the same. He will be missed.
The Friends of the Carlisle Parks has established a memorial fund. Steve loved our parks and trails, so a project that honors his memory will be selected.
Help us by providing input with comments, questions and conversation.
Please contact me.
Mayor Ruth Randleman