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|Mayo touts city's progess in inauguration speech|
Hundreds of people celebrated the inauguration of Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council Tuesday where Mayo urged local residents to do their part to better the city.
Mayo touted the signs of progress throughout the city of Monroe as indicators that Monroe is headed in the right direction.
"Everywhere you look in our city you do see positive signs of progress going on," Mayo said. "A lot of time when there's negatives things, you look at the mayor and the administration and say, 'You're not doing this, you're not doing that.' But the signs of progress you see is because of the Monroe City Council's hard work."
"I always talk about the support I get from all the department heads and employees because this is certainly a team effort to move our city forward," Mayo continued. "We'll continue to work on those fundamental areas and services that we provide such as water, sewer and trash services. But we need individuals to step forward and do their part. This is more than about city government. It's more than about the mayor and his administration and the city councilmen. We need each and every citizen to step forward, take part and help us continue to improve our city."
Mayo said the city of Monroe overcame some tough obstacles following the departure of two major corporations. State Farm Insurance and Guide Corp. both left Ouachita Parish in a span of two years, ripping some 2,000 jobs out of the local economy.
"Despite some tough economic difficulties, our team has worked extremely hard to put us in the best financial situation that the city has been in its history," Mayo said.
The city boasted a record $11.6-million surplus to begin the 2008-09 fiscal year.
"No matter where you look, whether it's north, south, east or west, mid-town, downtown, Tower-Armand, you do see signs of progress," Mayo said.
He believes progress contributed to all city councilmen being re-elected in February.
Mayo became the first minority to be elected mayor of Monroe for a second full term. He was re-elected with 65 percent of the vote, and won every precinct in the city.
"What that says to me is the citizens have said to me and this council that they like what we're doing and the direction we're heading in," Mayo said. "We're not going to take that for granted."
Mayo said his administration will continue to pursue its six-point plan, which includes economic development, partnership in education, marketing Monroe, beautification efforts, housing and growth and public safety.