A Message From The Mayor
September 1, 2000
Archived Messages From the Mayor
December 22, 1999
October 3rd marks the second anniversary since my election in 1998, and it seems like it has only been a few months. However, as I reflect, I'm most thankful for the support you, the citizens of Homer, have given me. We are demonstrating to the world that communities can put aside individual differences for the sake of the common good. It is definitely paying off for Homer.
I would like to welcome the newest member of the leadership team, Jess Robertson, who has accepted the interim seat of Selectman for District 3. He replaced Keith Beard who moved to Ruston for new career opportunities. I wish the best for him and his family. Jess, however, is no stranger to public service in this community as he currently chairs the Historic District Advisory Commission and the Louisiana Small Town's Program. As the son of a long time Homer mayor, he witnessed the calls, concerns, and even a few complaints being addressed while growing up. I commend him for accepting the challenge and look forward to working with him.
Yes, new developments and opportunities are coming our way. The Claiborne Detention Center and Edward Jones Investments have opened, and we are actively soliciting other economic developers. We are proud to have the Willis-Knighton Health System in our community as they have already begun to serve the healthcare needs of Claiborne parish. Further, Subway is opening real soon, and I can't wait to taste my first "sub" made in Homer (Ham and Cheese is my favorite)!
Another development project underway is the Mayfield Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails. It's finally becoming a reality after almost 10 years. Thanks to Mayor Pro Tempore Roberson and Recreation Director Fred Young, we were able to get this $270,000 project moving forward. By spring, Homer will have 2.6 miles of nice asphalt trails for all citizens to enjoy.
Yes, 2000 is winding down. Though leadership in city hall is not as new, the vision is clear as ever. We will continue to offer you the best municipal services given the resources available. You expect it, and you deserve it!
The year 2000 is also special to us in another way. On November 11th, we will celebrate our sesquicentennial - 150th birthday. That in itself is enough for us to pause and be thankful, especially as we approach the holiday season. However, next year will bring about even greater challenges as we continue to enhance the quality of life for you. Our main thrust will be in the area of recreational facilities, industry recruitment, and increasing educational opportunities locally.
All the best, I remain ...
David J. Aubrey