The New Year brings new changes at the Columbus city council meeting. New Mayor, Skip Henderson spent his first day, after being sworn into office, addressing key elements on the public agenda.
“I know most of these folks sitting at the table, tremendous amount of respect for them and the skill set they put to bear on their constituents so it’s going to be a little bit different,” says Skip Henderson, Mayor of Columbus.
Serving as Mayor, Henderson says he already has a few ideas in mind to better serve the community, like revitalizing the city’s buildings and roads.
“It’s no secret, it’s been that way ever since two years after the recession of 08′ and it’s the demand on ever shrinking resources,” says Henderson.
Henderson says it’s a plan that can help grow the city’s population; He also says he’s excited to get more involved with the city’s finances.
“We are going to look at the citizens and see what services are necessary, what services they want and some maybe we’ve outgrown the need for them,” says Henderson.
While serving as Mayor, Henderson is fully committed focusing on issues surrounding the city’s crime rate. He projects by reaching to younger the individuals, there can be a dramatic decrease.
“It’s not so easy; We got to be able to identify where they are and we got to able to provide consistent mentoring and tutoring to try and help them understand they got options,” says Henderson.
Mayor Henderson says violent crime is up in Columbus and plans to have a full complement of the law enforcement officers on the streets.