Eye on Frisco: Mayor addresses recall issue
When I ran for mayor a few years ago, I said I would keep the people of Frisco informed. The purpose of this column is to do just that. I will try to write a column every two weeks or so and to make it informative, factual and interesting.
RUMOR: Bob Moscatelli does not want to be the mayor of Frisco.
FACT: On Krystal 93 radio recently, the interviewer asked, “How do you feel about the statements of some citizens to the effect that you and the council should be recalled because you do not listen to the will of the people?” I replied they can be my guests and I, or the town clerk, could provide them with an extract of the recall procedure from the town charter. I went on to say, “If the people of Frisco do not want me as their mayor, I don’t want to be their mayor.”
I dedicated most of my adult life to serving the people of this country. Now, I serve the people of Frisco. If the majority of Frisco’s citizens don’t want my service, recall is in order. Until that occurs, I will serve with pride and enthusiasm and enjoy doing it. I will also try at all times to maintain my sense of humor.
Recently, the will of the people reference a golf course at the Peninsula Recreation Area was illustrated by the overwhelming success of the anti-golf course initiative.
The success of the initiative was facilitated by the fact the folks against a golf course got organized, expended time and energy and registered more than 200 voters in support of their cause. Hopefully, these new voters will participate in future elections.
Their effort was truly an excellent illustration of democracy in action. I congratulate the people responsible for the success of their initiative. (I hope each of you read reporter Lu Snyder’s excellent postmortem on the golf course initiative in this newspaper in her Nov. 7 article entitled, “No Golf in Frisco”).
Frisco’s Trick or Treat Street was a howling success again this year. As you may know, this event was the brainchild of Councilmember Dede Dighero-Tuso. Not only was it her idea in the first place, but she and her family have supported the event with untold hours of work and not a little money. Dede and her family this year, among other things, decorated Triangle Park at the east end of Main Street. That contribution, as most of you undoubtedly noticed, was an attractive welcome to Frisco’s Main Street during Halloween week.
I also thank the following citizens for their special contributions to Trick or Treat Street this year:
1. Rita Bartram, the executive director of the Frisco Historical Society, along with assistants Sheryl Kutter and Kathy Ireland, for erecting and manning the theme booths in the historical society’s museum. The booths were generously sponsored by some of Frisco’s non-Main Street merchants. By the way, who do you suppose did most of the art work on the booths in the museum? If you guessed Dede Dighero-Tuso, you were right.
2. Rosemary and John Lokie, for the terrific job they did turning the old jail house at the historic park into an impressive house of horrors.
3. Linda Lichtendahl and Debbie Stone of the Frisco Community Relations Department for their work creating Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry out of the Old Town Hall.
4. The Summit Daily News for its haunted house in the historic park’s Neimoth Cabin.
5. And last, but by no means least, all of the Main Street merchants who kept their places of business open and handed out candy without whom Trick or Treat Street could not have been the huge success it was for the children of Frisco and Summit County.
As mentioned, Trick or Treat Street was Dede Dighero-Tuso’s idea. Good ideas can come from anyone, folks, but this lady is responsible for more than her share.
The elk in the roundabout -her idea. The Easter Egg Hunt on Main Street -her idea. The pocket park at the post office – also her idea. If you see Dede around town, take a moment to thank her for what she has done for all of us. While you’re at it, as we used to say in the Army, tell her to keep up the fire.
What is ahead for Frisco? Frankly, some belt tightening. We anticipate that Frisco’s expenditures will outpace revenue by more than $700,000 in 2003.
The town government takes this shortfall seriously. We have already tightened the fiscal belt a notch or two as part of the 2003 budget process.
In the months ahead, the town staff and council will be taking additional steps to narrow the gap between next year’s projected revenues and expenses.
I look forward to a long, snowy winter, a big runoff in the spring, the completion next summer of the marina park and the pocket park at the post office, and to serving the people of Frisco for another year.
Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli’s “Eye on Frisco” column will become a regular feature.
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