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By Council Member ROBERT IKE

Friends,

It was my honor and privilege to be elected as your newest City Councilman in May of this year, and as I enter my sixth month on Council, I want to reflect on the many significant events we have experienced in this short period of time.

The opening of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge – A truly magnificent structure!  As the gateway to the South Norfolk downtown area, I think this along with the completion of the Poindexter Streetscape will add needed momentum for continued revitalization in South Norfolk.  The planned reopening of the boat ramp will also be a welcome treat for Chesapeake boaters.

City Manager Search – After an exhaustive search, we were fortunate to find Mr. James E. Baker, an extremely well qualified candidate from York County, South Carolina.  I believe his experience and leadership is exactly what the city needs. He will be a welcome addition to the city staff.

City Park renovations and reopening – For many years the City Park was often a mud hole during events, but with new structures and improved drainage, that should no longer be a problem.  The recent, very successful, Wine Festival was the perfect example.  I look forward to enjoying concerts and other events in the coming years.

The retirement of Sheriff John Newhart – The longest serving Sheriff in our State, who served Chesapeake for over 40 years, passed his badge on to Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan, the perfect choice to continue his record of service to the citizens of Chesapeake.

Conversion of trash trucks to Compressed Natural gas (CNG) – Full conversion of the 53 truck fleet will eventually save the city of Chesapeake almost $750,000 per year.  The new CNG fueling station was opened this summer and 10 trucks are now in full operation.

Dominion Blvd bridge and roadway improvements – Funding for the project has been secured and a  joint venture of McLean/RR Dawson/Bryant/EV Williams has been selected to complete the project, scheduled to break ground in January 2013.  The project’s anticipated completion in 2017 will help relieve congestion problems in this area.

25 years in business – Sentry Security Systems was founded in 1986 and this year, my family and me, will celebrate our 25th year in business.  I am proud to have always been a Chesapeake based business and plan to continue serving Chesapeake for many years.

I look forward to working hard with you and my fellow Council members as we lead Chesapeake toward even more successes in 2013.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas season and a prosperous New Year.

Each month in this space a city official will report to the citizens of Chesapeake and share their ideas, concerns and solutions to the issues facing Chesapeake.

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