Archive for Thursday, January 8, 2009

Commissioner prepares for role in 3rd District

January 8, 2009

John Flower once again will be attending the Monday morning meeting of the Leavenworth County Commissioner, but he won’t be sitting in the audience.

Since he moved to the county, Flower has attended the meetings in some official or non-official capacity, so he said he feels comfortable and ready to take on the role of 3rd District commissioner when he is sworn in during Monday’s meeting.

“It’s going to be a lot of work, but it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Flower said, “and it’s going to be exciting.”

Flower already has some ideas as to where he wants to take Leavenworth County into the future.

Because the economy and the county’s budget will play a big role in the county’s plans and its operations, he wants to focus on development. Such development would bring in extra revenue, offset any budgetary shortfalls and allow the county to provide the same amount of services to its residents as they have now.

“The more business we can bring into Leavenworth County, the less we are going to have to depend on real estate taxes to meet the budget,” he said.

To accomplish his goals, Flower wants well thought out, well-designed and well-executed plans to incorporate commercial, industrial and retail entities in the county.

This means continuing the work started by the current commission as well as continuing to work well with the other municipalities in the county.

“What I would like to see is, at the end of my four years, is for there to be a road to the future, so that the next county commissioners can come in and have a place that says, ‘I may not agree with everything in the strategic plan, but it is pointing us in a direction,’” Flower said.

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