Adams Declares Re-Election Bid and Gives the State of the City
By Andrew Richter
Crystal mayor Jim Adams recently wrote two articles in the Sun Post; one declaring his re-election bid and the other on the state of the city:
Crystal Mayor Jim Adams announced March 13 that he will be seeking re-election as Mayor of Crystal.
“I ran for mayor on a platform of fiscal responsibility, building a strong community, and bringing back respect for the citizens, and in all three areas, Crystal has improved,” Adams said.
Adams negotiated a solution for the purchase of the city’s new Public Works facility, which he says saved Crystal residents over one million dollars in “unnecessary” finance charges over the life of the project.
During Adams’ tenure, Crystal began making audio recording of work sessions and campaign finance reports available online, and it has held numerous open forums and public hearings on major initiatives.
“As long as I am Mayor, Crystal will be a place where all citizens are represented, all voices are welcome, and all views are both tolerated and encouraged,” Adams said. “A city only works well if citizens are well represented, and they have a voice in their government. That’s the kind of Crystal I want to live in, and that’s the kind of Crystal you will continue to get from me.”
Adams says his goals for his second term would be to continue the progress that has been made toward making the city budget as transparent and fiscally responsible as possible, to continue developing a long-term plan for funding infrastructure needs, and to continue to engage citizens in a respectful manner, giving them a voice in their city government.
“I have been honored to serve as Mayor, and I am humbly asking citizens for another term,” Adams said. Adams is married, has three adult children, runs a remodeling construction business, and operates sober and transitional housing for 29 men. He was initially elected in 2012.
And as for the state of the city;
On March 16, I delivered the annual State of the City address at the Crystal Business Association meeting. I’d like to share some of the highlights of that presentation with you today. If you’d like to see more, a full copy of the presentation is available on the city’s website at crystalmn.gov. Overall the state of the city is strong. I am proud of the accomplishments of the city over the past four years. We have great momentum, and are working on a number of new and exciting things.
In 2015 we added three new council members to the city council, and in the process lowered the average age of our council considerably. These new council members have brought a new level of energy and excitement with them. We don’t all agree on everything. In fact, sometimes we have vigorous disagreements, but we are able to disagree without being disagreeable, and overall the city is much better for it.
Two of our new council members, Elizabeth Dahl and Olga Parsons, are doing their personal part to ensure population growth in Crystal – we’ve welcomed two new council babies in the past year!
The council has identified a series of goals, and I’ll touch on each of these briefly.
We recently passed the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Barway Collins. Our police department spent countless hours on quickly and professionally resolving what was a very difficult and emotional case. I am very proud of the men and women in our police department.
West Metro fire hired nine new recruits last year. As many of you know, I retired from West Metro in 2015 after serving for 17 years. One of the things that made my decision to step down so difficult was the high quality of the new recruits. I was lucky to be able to work with them for a short time before I retired. These new recruits are great additions to our already strong team of firefighters.
Investment in infrastructure
In 2015 we opened our new public works facility, which we were able to pay for with cash, avoiding over one million dollars in unnecessary finance charges. Every dollar invested in this project went to bricks and mortar, property, and design, not to a bank. This facility will increase the efficiency of our public works operations, and provide our crews a fitting home for many years to come.
In 2015 we also completed the replacement of the water main that serves Crystal, New Hope and Golden Valley. This unplanned project was unfortunate, but obviously necessary. I’d like to thank our neighbors in Robbinsdale for their patience during the construction.
This year the council will be exploring the idea of a long term plan to make Crystal debt free. More to come on this initiative as the year goes on.
Parks and recreation
Major projects in 2015 included the new playground equipment at Bassett Creek Park, a refurbished Jet Scream waterslide at the pool, and new way-finding signs.
In 2016 we can look forward to the Three Rivers Park District’s new Basset Creek Regional Trail project, which will link Plymouth to Theodore Wirth Park, a new picnic shelter at Yunkers park, and the continuation of discussions about a potential major transformation of Becker Park.
Customer service and communications
One of the major areas of focus in 2015 was to improve the way the city communicates with residents, and to improve the level of customer service citizens are getting from city hall. We have made great progress in both areas, and this will continue to be a focus in the future. Residents now have more ways than ever to keep up with what’s going on in Crystal– from our social media channels to citizen input time, there’s an option that works for everyone.
There are many amazing things happening in Crystal, and it’s almost impossible to cover them all in this small space. I am excited about working with all of you to keep Crystal moving forward, in 2016 and beyond!