Crown Point's New Mayor David Uran on his future plans

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Crown Point's New Mayor David Uran on his future plans

Postby bull dog » Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:59 pm

Uran shares four-year vision for C.P.
Mayor-elect tells The Times what will change in 2008

CROWN POINT | Mayor-elect David Uran already knows what he'll do with the first minute, of the first hour, of the first day he takes over Crown Point's top office.

The Times sat down with Uran after his election victory to discuss what residents can expect in 2008.

The former city police officer said his first order of business is eliminating the pay drop for firefighters and police injured in the line of duty.
Crown Point's current policy drops injured public safety personnel to 50 percent of their income after 45 days off work. By state law, public safety workers are not covered under traditional workers' compensation.

Mayor Dan Klein issued an executive order in mid-April to bump pay to 85 percent -- on par with other Crown Point employees on disability.

But Uran said the order is subjective and doesn't do enough.

"Oh, they're gonna get paid 100 percent," he said. "It's the right thing to do."

Uran said he will begin working with department heads and Klein next week to ease the transition between administrations.

On Jan. 2, former Fire Chief Greg DeLor and former Police Chief Pete Land will take over their respective departments. Uran said he trusts their leadership skills.

In his first 90 days as mayor, the 39-year-old said also plans to follow through on his campaign promises for economic relief for seniors and creation of a 10-member stormwater advisory board.

The board will review stormwater management policies and help maintain local ditches and waterways, he said. It will include the city engineer, public works director, planning director and seven residents, one chosen by each City Council member.

Senior citizens will get a break on water and sewer bills under Uran's plan for economic relief.

Uran said he also is looking ahead to goals for the rest of his four-year term.

Mid- and long-term goals include bolstering the Police and Fire departments with more personnel, crafting a transportation plan, bringing in commercial development, building a fire substation and pushing the state to allow sales tax increment financing.

Sales tax increment financing uses the increase in sales tax money generated from a new developer to fund infrastructure that would exclusively benefit the store and its surrounding areas. It is not a sales tax increase.

Uran said he doesn't anticipate any problems working with the Republican-controlled City Council. He's aware of the power struggle between former Democratic Mayor Jim Metros and the Republican council at the time, and Uran does not think it will be repeated.

"The council members are all professionals who want to do the right thing for residents," Uran said. " The things I will introduce will improve the quality of Crown Point. At the end of the day, it's all about our residents."

Date posted online: Sunday, November 11, 2007
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