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5/8/2012 10:43:00 AM
Guest column: Tusayan Mayor talks town manager resignation, highway construction and new businesses

Greg Bryan
Tusayan Mayor


Greetings Tusayan and Grand Canyon Area residents.

The town of Tusayan has been rather busy over the last few weeks.

The Town Council recently received an offer of resignation by our town manager and will begin the process of finding a replacement. During that search process we will have a part-time interim Manager to help us keep things moving forward. We anticipate having the Town Hall office open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As is quite evident, the Highway 64 construction project has started up again. The plans call for them to be pretty much through with construction by mid-June and then come back to relay a top rubberized surface before final striping in early August. While it is a bit tough for folks to find their way around town as the middle of the road is torn up to construct the new medians, the ADOT and Fann Construction teams have worked very hard to minimize the impacts and make it as easy as possible for our residents and visitors. We very much appreciate their concerns and sensitivity to our needs while providing us with some much-needed road and safety improvements.

This week will start the process of preliminary research into our affordable housing and setting up a housing authority. We have hired some very qualified people to do some initial interviews, become familiar with the community and meet with the council tonight. We are excited about this process and the eventual goal of doing some quality planning in meeting our community's affordable housing needs.

We also would like to welcome two new businesses to town and their openings this week. The Wild West Experience opens this week with its steakhouse and dinner theater, which will add an exciting opportunity for our visitors to have a great meal while enjoying an original musical tribute to our Grand Canyon history. The steakhouse will also be open for dinner without the show. Also opening recently is the new Plaza Bonita Mexican restaurant in the old Tusayan Café building. The owners have several other Mexican restaurants around the state, including Flagstaff, and we are pleased to have them join the great dining options that are available in Tusayan. We wish both new ventures great success and thank them for bringing their quality dining and entertainment businesses to our wonderful town.

The Tusayan/Grand Canyon Shuttle starts up May 12 and will run through Sept. 7. The shuttle will operate seven days a week starting at 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on 15-minute intervals. During the highway construction there will be some minor delays and shifting of shuttle stops, but they will be running daily. This is a service we very much appreciate and thank the National Park Service for providing it as a way of reducing traffic into the Park as well as making things easier for all of our guests. Don't forget it is free for area residents and employees as well. So, look for the Shuttle Stop signs as they go up this week. Please remind your guests that they will need a park entrance pass before they get on the bus.

Our next full council meeting will be May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. As always we encourage our residents to come to a meeting and learn more about how your town and Council are working to build a new community.

Respectfully,

Greg Bryan

Mayor, Town of Tusayan

928-638-8401

gbtusayan@gmail.com















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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 7, 2012
Article comment by: Former Resident

I said from the beginning that incorporation would be a debacle. The only thing I got wrong is that I wasn't cynical enough about how these people would "govern."

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Article comment by: Eric Sorensen

Can the paper stop the Mayor from putting in his periodic propaganda? He ran the town manager off because he wasn't his yes man. By the way, how much is this interim manager costing us. Whoever thought we shouldn't have become a town was so right. Big mistake!



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