Holiday greetings from Mayor Neil Johnson, Jr.

Dear Bonney Lake Residents and Businesses:

photo of neil johnsonFirst of all, I appreciate your confidence in electing me to a fourth term as your Mayor. I also want to thank Donn Lewis for his years of service to the City. Donn was a great asset to the City and we will miss his wisdom and sound judgment. Donn chose not to run for re-election and will be replaced by Terry Carter who won a seat on the council in a contested race. Terry is a former Bonney Lake police officer and has a broad understanding of our community issues and needs. We welcome him to the Council and look forward to working with him.

This fall we assumed administration of the Sumner-Bonney Lake joint recreation program that was previously administered by the Sumner School District. While there are no significant changes planned for the program, we are moving ahead with several improvements, such as online registrations and payments. Before/after school activities were also added to two additional schools.

In 2018 we are excited about the prospects of being able to design and hopefully secure grant funding for another segment of the Fennel Creek Trail, completing Phase I of the Allan York Park master plan improvements, working on the Midtown master park plan, all the while starting work on a new public works center. To add to our excitement, we anticipate that Costco will open their doors next year, and that a number of other community development projects will break ground.

Very happy to report that all City departments have done a nice job at keeping their expenditures within budget. The 2017-2018 biennial budget remains balanced without any use of prior fund balance and our bond rating remains strong.

We all know what makes Bonney Lake a great community is the people. I appreciate our council, staff, commissions, service groups, and many community volunteers who step forward year over year to work together in making Bonney Lake a great place to live, work, and play.

 

This letter was originally published in the Courier Herald Newspaper as part of the Bonney Lake Reporter insert.

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