PLYMOUTH - The Chief Executive of the city of Plymouth gave his State of the City Address before the Plymouth Common Council on Monday.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter addressed the Common Council and those assembled with his review of the past year and preview of the coming one.
“For the second state of the city in a row I start by talking about Operation Bright Spot,” said Senter.
Senter admitted that at times the campaign has been anything but bright. The initiative was to clean up properties around the city that had been neglected and had become a drain on the community in resources and property values.
“Most of the owner do not live and work in Marshall County or Plymouth. They do not notice the dilapidation and degradation of their properties. They do not realize the impact on Plymouth property values. And apparently they do not care.”
While the program has seen the success of the Plymouth Motel and movement forward regarding the Park Jefferson Apartments, Senter vowed to move forward with the project with the help of the Marshall County Health Department and Plymouth Building Commissioner Keith Hammonds.
Senter also reconfirmed his commitment to another issue facing the city.
“We cannot be a bright spot on the map as long as we have a methamphetamine issue...I really thought that we had made headway over the years but in my opinion meth is back and with a vengeance. In the last month a prominent youth leader was arrested for meth. Here in Plymouth two children were found in a lab at Country Place Apartments.”
Senter said that his administration would be holding a meeting later this week with the Marshall County Prosecutor, the Plymouth Police Department, Indiana State Police and the Marshall County Sheriff’s department to talk about a strategy to attack the problem.
While admitting that the loss of Whitley Products loss was a blow, Senter pointed to firms like Zentis, Culver Tool, Hoosier Racing Tire and AK Industries as companies that brought jobs and expansion to the city.
Senter praised the city’s utilities - water, street, park, police and fire and a flourishing airport - as being the envy of many municipalities in the Midwest, and praising Clerk-Treasurer Toni Hutchings and her department for “fiscal discipline that is the envy of many cities and towns.”
“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails,” said Senter in conclusion. “We can complain, we can hope, but in 1873 our forefathers adjusted the sails and 140 years later I am encouraged by what we have here in this beautiful city.”