It has been my honor to serve as your Mayor for 2012, and as the year comes to a close, I wanted to share some of our City’s accomplishments with you.
After more than two years of construction, the City opened its new 30,000 square foot library in Old Town Newhall this year. Since it opened, the new library has welcomed thousands of visitors. Information about all of our library programs and services is available at: www.santaclaritalibrary.com.
Also in Old Town Newhall, we celebrated the completion of several façade improvement projects, transforming Main Street into a quaint street of eclectic shops. In June, we dedicated the new Iron Horse trail and art project, located off Magic Mountain Parkway. We also completed a major beautification project at Lyons and I-5, improving this gateway to our city from the south. In July, we dedicated the Elsmere Canyon open space, now fully in public ownership, forever to be preserved. In 2012, we completed a host of beautification projects around town, as well as several road improvement projects aimed at keeping our City streets smooth and pothole free.
And, 2013 promises to be another fabulous year for our City. If you are a commuter on the west side, you may be pleased to know that the City is beginning construction of a new, 285-parking space park and ride project at the McBean Transfer Station (McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard). In addition to the 285 new parking spaces, the project will include bike lockers, benches, low impact lighting and public art exhibits, plus information kiosks and a plasma screen television for bus arrival information.
The City will be purchasing more open space, spending $15 million in the Canyon Country area, including widening Golden Valley Road near SR 14, adding several new landscaped medians, widening the bridge near the post office on McBean, designing a new roundabout across from Hart Park in Old Town Newhall and adding new bike lanes on the east side of town, to name a few things to look forward to.
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I have truly enjoyed serving as your Mayor this year. I want to thank you for your support of our City.