LETTER: City deserves applause for bond referendum

May. 25, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Let me be the first to publicly applaud the Sanford City Council for taking a bold step into the future by placing a bond referendum to fund several important community projects on November's election ballot. Now it's up to us to vote for passage of the bond, which will fund streetscape improvements to downtown Sanford and downtown Jonesboro, expansion of the Endor Iron Furnace Greenway Trail and sidewalk and recreational upgrades citywide.

Sanford is a small community with a history of big ideas. Many of the assets our city proudly boasts are the result of forward-thinking leaders from generations past. Those leaders knew they might not see the full fruit of their labors in 10 or 20 years, but they acted anyway because they knew they were making Sanford a better place to live.

This bond referendum is no different. If it passes, Sanford would have roughly $15 million for these projects, which have been called “community defining.” These projects will help Sanford define itself once again as a community with a thriving downtown, a community that attracts companies, families and young professionals, and most importantly, develops plans based on a comprehensive vision of a better tomorrow.

There's no doubt that in the past several years, we've weathered rough financial waters, but we should look at these projects as opportunities to refresh our economic and recreational infrastructure so that we can emerge from the recession as one of North Carolina's leading small cities. Without a vision, all we can do is wait and see if something good happens.

Too often, folks say they'll do something in their town when their town gets better. The Sanford City Council has just done something that will make Sanford better. Our chance to help them comes in November. I hope we take it.

Norman Chas. Post III