Jasper mayor plans to seek second term

From local sources

JASPER — Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz wants to continue being mayor.

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This morning Seitz, 57, announced his intention to run for a second four-year term.

He said there is unfinished government business that he wants to help see to completion.

“I understand the natural flow of government is at a very tempered pace especially anything involving major policy shifts, ordinances, public projects or funding,” he said. “While some of the ideas I had three years ago have been put into action, many are only just underway with others still in the conceptual stage. In less than three years we have accomplished so much, including significant public projects as well as many day-to-day ones improving processes.”

Plans like making improvements to the city’s downtown and riverfront areas, developing The Parklands and updating the city’s communications systems are some of the in-transit projects that come to mind. But there are others waiting to evolve, he said.

“We’ve drawn a lot of interest from private developers, but we knew that it could be months or years out before their plans materialized,” Seitz said. “Internally, we have projects we have identified already and we are looking at how to fund them.

“There is a lot of work to do.”

Seitz listed some of the community and government accomplishments that have occurred during his term, which started in January 2012.

Those include:

• Creation of the Jasper downtown and riverfront master plan and current development efforts

• Acquisition of The Parklands of Jasper property and preparation to sell other city property

• Securing a $2 million grant for future development of the city’s trail system

• Applying for a state shovel-ready designation for more than 100 acres within the city limits

• Applying for a Historic Landmark District designation for Jasper’s downtown

• Leading the city through the 2012 water emergency

• Creating the department of community development and planning

• Spearheading the adoption of new, money-saving standards for private gas and water lines

• Engaging Jasper’s citizens in vision and governing processes

• Reviewing and proposed rewriting of Jasper’s zoning and subdivision control ordinances

“I have often said as mayor of Jasper I get to experience what some mayors only get to dream,” Seitz said. “I’m grateful to my wife, Deena, my daughters, Kristen Ruhe and Lori Werner, and their families for all their support. To the residents, visitors, our businesses and the powerful workforce in Jasper, I’ll repeat what I said a few short years ago — I believe Jasper’s best days are still ahead.”
Citywide elections will be held next year.

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.