By Virginia Korte
Last week I was officially sworn in to begin my second term on the City Council. I am looking forward to 2017 – especially working with our new City Manager, Jim Thompson.
In my inaugural remarks, I said, “My one promise to our citizens is not only to work hard, but continue to use my moral compass to put Scottsdale first in any decision I make moving forward.”
My number one priority this year will be to evaluate and advocate addressing some of the city’s deteriorating infrastructure.
During the coming months I will single out what I believe are some of our most necessary needs in order to continue enhancing our quality of life that attracts visitors and new businesses.
Transportation is one of our ‘most necessary needs’ and the city is obligated to tackle transportation issues, including increasing traffic that impacts our ability to travel throughout the city safely and efficiently. In 2015 voters rejected a bond question that would have improved the intersection of Hayden and Chaparral Roads and the intersections of Highland Avenue at Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard. The sidewalks in the downtown area also need to be repaired and some parking issues need to be solved to make downtown shopper-friendly for both our visitors and residents.
Those are just a few of the many transportation improvements that need to be addressed. But they are good places to start.
I hope you will join me in supporting our need to focus on the city’s infrastructure. I invite you to give me your thoughts by writing me at Korte@KorteScottsdale.com