Hobart mayor wants to build on past success

2014-02-19T21:30:00Z 2014-02-19T22:58:13Z Hobart mayor wants to build on past successChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 19, 2014 9:30 pm  • 

HOBART | The city had many accomplishments in 2013, and Mayor Brian Snedecor thinks more success is in store for Hobart this year.

"We're not stopping," Snedecor said during his State of the City address Wednesday night. "We're not slowing down."

He said the city's slogan for 2014 is "commitment to service."

Income tax funding designated for economic development will go "back to the community" for growth and job creation, Snedecor said.

Money earmarked for public safety will be used to purchase new equipment.

"Every department head is going to spend dollars wisely," he said.

Developing Hobart's comprehensive plan is a top priority for recently hired City Planner Sergio Mendoza.

Snedecor said there are several other projects planned for this year, including shoreline stabilization at Festival Park, Lake George enhancements, continued infrastructure improvements and completion of the city's automated garbage and recycling program.

Work scheduled for 2014 follows many achievements the city had in 2013 in a variety of areas, such as public safety, growth and quality of life, Snedecor said.

Last year, the Police Department made operational adjustments to put more officers back on beat duty.

Snedecor said new equipment purchased for the Fire Department in 2013 included a pumper and a marine boat and motor for the dive team.

Hobart issued building permits for more than $37 million in estimated construction costs last year. Residential construction in 2013 was 50 percent more than what the city had in 2012, Snedecor said.

He said the Maria Reiner Center, which has an average of 122 daily visitors, is exceeding the city's expectations.

Last year, the city also continued efforts to provide free family entertainment, such as movies in the park, downtown trick-or-treating and summer and holiday markets.

Snedecor said new residents have told him the activities and events provided in Hobart are among reasons they have moved to the city.

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