Brian Moore named Mayor of Petersburg
Petersburg City Council has selected a New Mayor and Vice Mayor for the city.
Council has an organizational meeting at noon every January. Every other year, they select the city’s leadership. Yesterday, Councilor Brian Moore was chosen Mayor of Petersburg. He’s served on Council for six and a half years.
Moore: I represent the Fourth Ward, which is the downtown, a majority of the historic districts, out past the old hospital site and out to Crater Road by St. Marks.
Mayor Moore says finding a replacement for long-time City Manager David Canada, who is retiring, is a top priority.
Moore: So we're gonna need to get a new City Manager and reorganize our staff to allow for us to compete with other localities in the region, and as you know, the budget cuts that are coming this year will probably be some of the most austere that we've had in the past years, so we're gonna look at ways that we can use economies of scale to save money, look at technology as a way to deliver information to our citizens, try to do things that were taking us months to do, get those down to weeks, and things that were taking us weeks to do, get those down to days.
Petersburg, he noted, is in a unique position to succeed.
Moore: Even with an economic downturn, we've got well over a hundred million dollars' worth of projects that are undergoing right now, and most of probably another hundred million that'll be coming up in the next couple of years, so we want to make sure that we're doing the right things that keep those projects moving and encourage economic development and pro-business in the city.
The rapid growth at Fort Lee offers Petersburg other opportunities.
Moore: There's been a couple of times where I think you could say we're kinda out of synch a little bit; I'm an Army brat myself, big fan of our veterans and our military, so we're gonna do the right thing by our military folks. We're looking forward to providing them venues for coming downtown and we've got great restaurants, we've got tons of great living places formed downtown, and I think we'll continue to work with Fort Lee and I think we're gonna have a great relationship, and we look forward to coming years.
Mayor and Council will also tackle another organizational task.
Moore: As you know, we've got the 2010 census figures, so we'll be doing the redistricting of the city.
Mayor Moore says he enters office with high hopes and a sense of forward motion in key areas of the city’s life.
Moore: I raised my family here, I've got three wonderful girls, and they talk about great things about Petersburg. All my kids have gone through the public schools here. We do have pockets of excellence in our education system; we are getting better and we're looking forward to continuing our work with the School Board. We have worked very closely with our School Board and the elected School Board leadership to have gains as far as our education, 'cause I firmly believe education and the quality of education is one of the facets of a good economic development policy. When people want to look for places to open factories, you know, say well, let's see the education level. If we're looking for jobs and all this new construction, we're gonna look at things, maybe we can work with our School Board with vo-tech programs. People can make good livings as electricians and plumbers and framers, so I think we're gonna do real well.
Council members, he said, are energized.
Moore: I think the goals of the elected leadership is to enable and to encourage business to inspire confidence from the citizens that you're gonna do the right thing for the right reasons.
Mayor Brian Moore’s message to the people of Petersburg:
Moore: We've come a long way. We've got a long way to go, but we are definitely gonna get there, and we're gonna look great doin’ it.
John Ogle, WCVE News