It is my privilege to serve as your Mayor since 2013. During the past four years, our City has initiated/completed projects that are vital to the economic growth of our city. Council approved a new direction for the former Westminster Mall site, and over the past few years we saw completion of roadways, utility systems, and a new parking structure. Six major projects are under contract and scheduled to begin in the near future, with more projects under review.
During 2016, Westmisnter opened its first commuter rail station at 71st & Irving. Westminster will eventually have three rail stations. On opening day, RTD projected 800 riders per day; today we see nearly 1,600 riders per day and those numbers keep growing. Westminster is working with RTD and others to ensure the second station located at 88th & Harlan, adjacent to the new Westminster Center and downtown area, remains a priority for RTD.
Infrastructure remains a priority as well as future redevelopment. Westminster must continue to invest in an aging utility system to ensure services such and sewer and water are available to our citizens when needed. The metro area is experiencing tremendous growth, our City needs to plan accordingly to ensure we have sufficient infrastructure to meet future needs.
Emergency services also continue to be a top priority. We must maintain strong Police and Fire Departments ensuring quick response times and that trained and capable personnel are available. Westminster's employee base has not significantly increased in the past ten years. The City must recruit and maintain the highest quality personnel; staff must have council support to meet these personnel goals.
As your Mayor, I will continue to work with the Council and our numerous regional partners to ensure that Westminster stays on an economic path to become the next urban center in the Denver Metro area. We must continue to nurture the relationships formed during my term as Mayor and continue to work with these partners to ensure the economic vitality of our City.