Dear Indio Neighbors,
March looks like it will be a busy time for the City of Indio. We go into full scale planning for all the local fairs, festivals and special events. It’s a lot of work and a lot of activity. Our goal is to nurture an Indio reputation and quality of life that supports the whole community.
Speaking of activity, you will no doubt note the road reconstruction activity along Highway 111. Please, please go out of your way to shop at the stores and restaurants located along this construction zone. Despite the imposition of construction, these loyal Indio businesses are open and they deserve our support!
The roadway project will go on hold during the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals due to the heavy traffic we need to facilitate. Then the project recommences over the summer with a November expected completion date.
By the time this newsletter is posted, the Haagen Company will have announced that they have closed escrow to build a new retail, restaurant and entertainment center on the site of the Indio Fashion Mall. Quoting Mayor Wilson, “We are very enthusiastic and grateful to Alex Haagen III and his team for demonstrating this confidence in investing in Indio.” We look forward to further announcements concerning their plans for this location.
We will also celebrate the dedication of the beautiful new Loma Linda University Children’s Health - Indio on Smurr Street and Civic Center Drive. Along with further construction of the College of the Desert campus and the planned relocation of White’s Steel, the face of our downtown is changing.
March is the month when cities start working on their annual (and multi-year) budgets. Thanks to Measure X, our voter approved sales tax initiative, we have $9.5 million in additional revenue to apply toward street repaving, a long-needed police station and other improvements identified to the public during the campaign for passage. The public is welcome to attend budget discussions — times and dates for which will be posted as we get closer. Cities are confronted by many competing financial needs. It is important that we hear your input as we go forward.
I want to thank the many Indio citizens (residents, businesses, local service providers) who make this a high quality place to call home. I am still learning my way around, in my first year in this job, but every week I learn more about what gives us our strength as a community. Thank you for your contributions.
As always, if you want to share thoughts or questions with me, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.