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Jun 29th, 2018
07:50 AM
about 5 months ago

Even if you are on the right track,
you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Will Rogers – American humorist

Will Rogers was able to communicate as well as anyone in American history and his quote so eloquently describes my approach to local government. Local governments must strive to prepare for the worst and to plan for the best.

For example, our departments train for uncertainties such as destructive weather, fire, and accidents. Such preparation is a part of the daily lives of those who work for the City of Jasper and we have earned distinction for it. But we can’t just wait for a disaster to strike; doing so would be like sitting on Will Roger’s proverbial track. Instead we must envision our future and act upon it.

What’s amazing about the future is that it holds so many unknowns. Yet if you set in motion actions which guide your own destiny you can eliminate, marginalize and manage for just about every circumstance. This is done with planning – the best tool I know of to set the stage for what is to come. Currently, we are just beginning our next Comprehensive Plan, the guide for Jasper’s next ten years.

We have assembled nearly two dozen citizens to steer us and we will be engaging you along the way. I invite you to look for meetings, events and online ways you can contribute to the years ahead. Thank you!

Mayor Seitz