Mayor gives State of City

PLYMOUTH — Things are going well, even in difficult economic times.
That was the message in Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter’s “State of the City” address to the Common Council in its session last night.
Senter began his message praising the patience of Plymouth residents and the work of city employees.
In particular, Senter praised Plymouth Clerk-Treasurer Toni Hutchings for providing the city with a third straight balanced budget.
Senter pointed to a revival plan of the downtown, a plan that will work in conjunction with the Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation, the Redevelop-ment Commission, the Park Board and the newly formed Downtown Revitalization Committee.
The Greenways Trail is looking to its second phase, and the Farmers’ Market and Yellow River Festival continue to be a success.
Senter also stated that he “…never felt better about economic development in our area than I do right now.”
One of his reasons for optimism is a close relationship with the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation and the enthusiasm of Director Jennifer Laurent.
The completion of the infrastructure for Plymouth’s new TechFarm on the city’s west side was another success that Senter pointed to, a partnership with VanVactor Development, the Redevelopment Commission and the United States Economic Development Administration. He said that efforts would soon begin to aggressively market the area to create business in the area.
Senter also commented on projects that will be in full swing for the coming year including the Community Resource Center, the completion of Oak Drive, progress on the South Gateway project including the demolition of the old Cook Brothers Furniture building and continuing the pursuit of the Metronet for the city.
“As your mayor I am confident we can meet the many challenges that lie ahead with the ingenuity and adaptability that characterizes us as Hoosiers,” he said. “Thank you for caring as much as you do about this great city of ours, and let’s move forward together towards Plymouth’s progress.”