To the editor of THE EAGLE:
A few people may think that Mayor Richard Alcombright only raises taxes and gives pay raises. Like his philosophy or not, we are so lucky in North Adams to have a decent and honest person to move our city forward. Here are only a few of his accomplishments over the past 31Ž2 years.
* Closed the budget gap here inherited in 2010 from $2.3 million to approximately $400,000 in fiscal year 2014.
* He has brought North County communities closer together by developing relationships and partnerships with town leaders.
* He established a veterans district at a cost savings to the city.
* The unemployment rate has dropped from 8.3 percent in July 2011 to 7.6 percent in April 2013. We have seen significant growth and expansion in the small business community.
* The mayor continues to push forward with a large 3- to 4-megawatt solar project.
* Sewer lines have been extended to all campsites at the Historic Valley Campgrounds.
* He is working toward a partnership with MCLA on a sustainable plan for the Mohawk Theater.
* He continues to work on the Armory with the intention of it becoming a community center.
* He continues to support events and festivals to bring the community together.
* He continues to work on a private/public partnership that will reshape Heritage State Park and make it a hub for retail development and a true tourist destination once again.
* To create a more friendly atmosphere he has encouraged our restaurants and eateries to put tables and chairs on our sidewalks and added 25 benches supported by individuals for the convenience of shoppers.
* Repairs have been made to the Sacco and West package store bridges.
* We will be opening a beautiful new state-of-the-art facility for our K-7th-graders in November 2015. We will be educating our children with some $30 million invested in our schools that will cost the city just over $6 million.
Mayor Alcombright continues to keep an open and transparent administration for the citizens of North Adams. Although much has been accomplished, there is still more to be done over the next two years. It is important that we continue the momentum and vote for Mayor Richard Alcombright on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
SHIRLEY D. WOLFE