Linda Anderson Named New Douglas Mayor; City Purchases Land For DPW
Linda Anderson was unanimously selected by colleagues recently to take charge of Douglas City Council as its new mayor while Greg Harvath was unanimously re-appointed mayor pro-tem.
“When I retired in May, I swore I was going to do something totally different than local government. But after serving in council, I came to realize that this is where I feel the most comfortable and wonderful in the world. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve with the rest of council,” Anderson told The Local Observer Newspapers about her election.
Anderson has 40 years of experience in local government, including expertise and knowledge in planning and zoning. She has served as expert testimony in court and presided over land-use mediation cases.
Her selection follows former mayor Jim Wiley’s announcement—and the council’s formal acceptance—that he will resign from council effective November 30th.
Wiley, who is a long-time serving member of the council, including a number of terms as mayor, said he is taking the time to pursue other endeavors and do more traveling to the south during winters.
The officer selection is also part of charter regulation—the council is required to elect a mayor and mayor pro-tem after each election, and in this case, following the November 7th election.
In other business, the City of Douglas has purchased a 10-acre property for $52,000 in an effort to consolidate and improve its Public Works Department’s (DPW) facilities.
Douglas council approved the purchase at last week’s meeting. The property is located on 66th Street, just west of Wiley Road.
The city has not ruled out other possible uses—besides building garages for DPW equipment storage—for the property in the future, Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere told The Local Observer.
The move also comes in conjunction with anticipated improvements at the Wade’s Bayou. In particular, the city wants to knock down the cinder block building currently at the park being used as a storage site for some of the city’s DPW equipment.
The removal of that structure will open up space and allow for beautification projects as well as accommodate the park for the proposed public floating marina the city wants to build there starting next year, according to the council.
The main garage and operation apparatus for the DPW department will continue at its current location, 486 Water Street, said LeFevere.