Business leaders meeting with city about developing downtown
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Aug 22, 2013 | 1525 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A local group of business leaders headed up by former Irrigator Publisher Ron Swift have been meeting together with city staff to discuss ways in which the downtown could be developed.

City Manager Rod Butler said he recently met with several members of the group who also includes Howard Sword and Martin Salmon.

Butler said the city and group are looking at ways to spruce up the downtown to attract customers and businesses.

He stated Aug. 8 that he was looking into the possibility of brining in a consultant to help with some of the downtown issues.

Salmon for his part Tuesday Aug. 20 said the group was a loose group of folks looking to promote and increase downtown traffic.

“We would like to see safety highlighted with well lit areas and safe sidewalks,” Salmon said, noting some sidewalks were old and needed replacing before someone got hurt. “You need the feeling as well of being able to walk without being approached.”

Salmon also mentioned an idea that actually occurred 10 years ago in the parks.

He said there used to be musical acts in North Park that brought a lot of foot traffic and food vendors downtown to enjoy music.

“We need to do those kind of things again,” he said. “Having a clean well-lit downtown couldn’t hurt anyone.”

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