ENM – State of city is ‘good’

The state of Elko New Market is overall good. That was City Administrator Tom Terry’s message during a Monday, April 22, breakfast at Boulder Pointe Golf Course.

Hosted by the Elko New Market Chamber of Commerce, 31 people attended the event, which included local business owners, representatives of the city, New Prague Area School District and Scott County.

Chamber President Tom Anderson and Mayor Tony Gabriel greeted people before the presentation at Boulder Pointe Golf Course at 9575 Glenborough Dr.

Terry gave a brief history of the community and how the city had rapid growth between 2000 and 2007 to a town of approximately 4,200. While development has slowed they saw an increase of 26 houses last year.

He noted while they tend to run rather lean with city staff, they have worked to be flexible as they grow and develop a culture open to change.

Through the work of Assistant City Administrator Mark Nagle they have been developing programs with New Prague Area Community Education. This has included the soccer program, which has grown, other sports and classes. Nagle has also been working with the Lakeville School District.

Terry said areas they have seen increases in are infrastructure, maintenance needs and demands for services.

Terry also included recent results of a 48-question phone survey. The survey was of 228 randomly selected residents of Elko New Market. The survey showed that 91 percent thought the community was an excellent to good place to live. That put Elko New Market in the top 10 percent of exurban communities and the top 25 percent of metro communities.

Terry said the city does have challenges ahead of it. One is the availability of quality shovel ready sites for development. The city does offer opportunities, one being its location next to Interstate 35.

Planning of the I-35 corridor is among the city’s current projects. The Elko New Market City Council is also beginning to address plans for a central filtration plant to treat the city’s water. Another project is the need for a new public works facility. The current facility has a threestall garage, is more than 70 years old and is undersized.

The audience asked several questions. One was if there was any interest in new economic development projects. Terry said there is some interest, mostly on the west side of town and some on the east. FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, which opened last year, along with New Market Bank, have both purchased land for future developments.