The First of Many Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Mayor Planck: "Welcome and thank-you for all being here on this beautiful spring morning. As you know we've been running a substantial budget surplus for many years. After several public forums, meetings with city managers, and multiple city council debates a two phase city hall upgrade was approved by a 12-3 vote. The contract was awarded to Two Stone Construction Co. and the groundbreaking ceremony was held almost 8 months ago to the day. I'd like to thank the Stone Brothers for their fantastic work which has given us this beautiful new city hall both on time and under budget."
Mayor Planck: "This is but the first of many investments coming to our community in the near future. So without further delay and on behalf of the mayoral staff, the city council and their staff, and the city managers and their staff I officially declare the new Alex B. Short City Hall and Civil Service building open for services."
-From the red, rusted bridge made of steel, wood, and concrete.
-Dept. of Education Manager Mr. Ivory: "Sir, with all due respect, if you want to fix some of Rusted Bridge's issues then you've got to stop being so short sided."
-Mayor Planck: "I know Rusted Bridge has been running a budget surplus for a long time and we've got plenty of money available for allocation but this would require a substantial investment."
-Mr. Ivory: "All good things do."
-Mayor Planck: "Have you seen the financial projections in Mr. Roth's (Dept. of Finance Manager) report if we decide to approve the expansions."
-Mr. Ivory: "Overall I agree with his cost analysis but I think he's too shallow with the potential cost savings from reduced crime, better health, and revenue generation from the cleaner industry we'd eventually attract with our human capital."
-Mayor Planck: "I too agree that we need to move beyond the dirty industry south of Bridgeway. The regional EPA sends the city a memo almost every other week about the pollutants. The fact that Bridgeway contains an increasingly large number of Rusted Bridge's lower wealth residents makes it increasingly socially unacceptable to have that group be the most exposed."
-Mr. Ivory: "Even more of a reason to push for aggressive educational reforms and capital investment."
-Mayor Planck: "What does the council say?"
-Mr. Ivory: "Of course the two councilmen representing Bridgeway favor it as do 2 of 3 from R.B. proper. The 2 representing Pepper Meadows are solid yes's since their community stands to gain greatly, and 1 from Rusty Plains is 70-30 in favor. That's the 7 we'd need."
-Mayor Planck: "I'll see what I can do to solidify the final vote. I don't want to make a push for this and then lose on a flip-flop."
-Mr. Ivory: "I'll let the other 6 know that you stand with them."
-Mayor Planck: "If there isn't anything else I have a prior engagement to attend."
-Mr. Ivory: "That was all Mr. Mayor, have a goodnight."
-Demolition of R.B. first K-8 school
-Completion of the new Department of Education building
-Completion of the Rusted Bridge Community High School (R.B.C.H.S.). GO MIGHTY MUD FROGS!
-New skate park and basketball courts
-Rusted Bridge College of Science and Technology in Pepper Meadows and close by Rusty Plains. I guess part of getting the 7th vote from the councilman representing Rusty Plains was the location of the college would provide easy access for the students of Rusty Plains. I wonder what other promises he made.
-First day of classes