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8/7/2012 10:04:00 AM
It's your right; act responsibly and vote

Greg Bryan
Tusayan Mayor

Greetings, Tusayan and Grand Canyon area residents:

It is voting time and the responsibility to exercise your right to cast a vote and elect someone to represent you at various levels of our government, is at hand. With all the negative TV ads and telephone calls the season can become a bit frustrating and irritating. However, our ability to cast our vote whether by early ballot or at the ballot box on Aug. 28, has been earned and paid for by millions of men and women in our military over the last several hundred years. It is a right and a privilege that people in other countries around the world are still dying to get for themselves and their families. Please don't neglect that opportunity to vote, nor allow the frustration of how our government does or does not work at times, to stop you from voting. Take the time to do a little research and get past the political ads to see which candidate most closely represents your points of view. None of them will be perfect for you, but you still need to vote. Please don't let others make decisions for you by not voting.

The recent monsoon rains have certainly been fun to watch and welcomed for their important moisture. Though they cut into the park's first Living History presentation on the Rim last Friday night, the presentation and reminder of the Grand Canyon's history was very well done. Members of the Interpretation Division did a great job of sharing the roles of the Native Americans, John Muir, John Wesley Powell and others in how our great National Park came about. We hope they do more and the weather cooperates a little more next time. This week we welcome some new teachers to the Canyon and want to thank them for choosing to join our great school team. We hope they will learn about our area as well as help our students to grow and prepare themselves for life's grand journey. We are a very unique community and we look forward to their contributions.

The town of Tusayan is still looking for one more member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. This commission serves a very important role in planning as well as implementing our zoning ordinances. We would encourage any Tusayan residents who have an interest to give a call to any council member or contact the town staff for more information. The commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 28 on proposed changes to the zoning ordinances as we move from the county documents to our own.

Last council meeting we had a great presentation by the Tusayan Fire District. It was very informative to see the significant amount of service this largely volunteer fire department provides for our community. We are fortunate to have so many highly trained and motivated fire fighters. We all owe them a great deal of thanks for the hundreds of hours they give each year to serve and keep our community a safer place. Thank you TFD!

Our next council meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 15 and we invite you to join us.


Greg Bryan


Town of Tusayan

(928) 638-8401


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Article comment by: To Steve

Steve I would agree with you if the GC News ever ran a real news article in which they asked any of the parties hard questions...but that has never happened and probably never will

Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Endershot

I agree. Tell the mayor the paper is going to provide the news.

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Article comment by: Stacy Young

Well, the answer could be a simple one, like perhaps there is nothing going on to warrant discussion. If you have been keeping up with Stilo development, you'll know this process will take years. They are in no rush to tell people where they plan on getting their water.

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Article comment by: Doug Jones

I agree with both of the comments below - it is amazing that there is no real public source of information or discussion about the development, water issue, development time frame, etc. This is the number one issue in the area - or was this all a bait-and-switch to get commercial development in Camper Village

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Article comment by: Greta Clinton

Hi Mayor.
Stop the fluff and tell us what's going on, truthfully, with the Italian group, STILO. We about monsoons, we know about voting and let the Grand Canyon News announce events, news and meetings.

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Article comment by: Harry Want-to-be-homeowner

Mr Mayor - if you could spare us a few minutes in your next coulmn and update us on what is happening with Silo,,,in detail. I am tired of hearing bits and pieces of information. If Stilo isin't going to make a public report or update their website with new info...you should

Thank you

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