Advocate editorial board opinion: Numerous projects await new city management

We extend congratulations to Charmelle Garrett, who will be Victoria's first woman city manager officially on March 1. She is successor to Charles Windwehen, who plans on retiring at the end of February.

We wish Windwehen well upon his retirement. He has served the city in a way that will leave our community in good shape for years.

The position of city manager is not an easy one. But a good city staff can make the job a lot easier, and Garrett certainly is inheriting a good one from Windwehen.

With that said, we would like to see these goals for the great projects on the burner of progress:

n Continue the conservative fiscal management of the city.

n Carry through on a successful completion of downtown Victoria's renovation.

n Implement the Main Street program and stay focused on its success.

n Work toward making the city a pedestrian/bike friendly place. For example, make walking or riding a bicycle for students a safe experience.

n Continue the repair/replacement of city streets and infrastructure. This is and will be one of the most important planning projects for the city.

n Support economic development. The city is becoming a manufacturing center. Let's continue to attract these companies.

n Encourage crime prevention (address gang activity further).

n Promote education. Work with the schools, college and the university.

These are the highlights of the city manager's agenda. We know there are many more projects and issues to address. The job is not easy.

Again, we look forward to Garrett's leadership and we salute her. We are confident she will continue to manage the city in an excellent manner.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.