Opinion & Editorial

If I were mayor of Springfield … 

By Seven Bolejack, Agnes Stewart Middle School student

Mayor would be an interesting job to have if you liked the idea of being  president but on a smaller scale. 

You would have to work on resolving the  city’s problems, and the city would quickly fall apart  without a mayor. I know that if I were put in the position of mayor of  Springfield,  I would work on fixing the problems I see on a daily  basis as an average citizen. 

The things I am going to list could greatly  improve the desire to come to Springfield and make it a better place for  current residents as well. 

Addressing road issues

First and foremost, I would work on fixing the roads. Springfield has a lot of  roads that are in need of repair, which can lead to dangerous driving  conditions and damage to vehicles. To address this issue, I would put aside  funds from the city budget to repair roads and also seek grants and other  forms of funding from the state and federal governments. I would also work  with local contractors and engineers to ensure that the repairs are done to  the highest standard.Additionally, I would start a road maintenance  program that would involve regular inspections of the roads and prompt  repair of any damage.  

A plan for the homeless

Next, I would address the issue of homelessness in Springfield.  Homelessness is a major problem in many cities, and Springfield is no  exception. To tackle this issue, I would work with local non-profit  organizations and shelters to provide resources and services to the  homeless population, including food, shelter, and job training. I would also  work with the city council to provide incentives to local businesses to hire  homeless individuals, giving them a chance to get back on their feet.  Furthermore, I would establish a task force to look at the root causes of  homelessness and find solutions that will help prevent it from happening in  the first place.  

Beautifying the city

As well as that, I would work to keep Springfield clean and litter-free. A  clean city is a sign of a thriving community, and it can have a positive  impact on the health and well-being of its residents. To achieve this goal,  we would need a city-wide cleaning campaign that would involve the entire  community. This would include regular litter pickups, removing graffiti, and  improving the maintenance of public spaces. 

To get the community help  with these things I would create advertisements for TV and posters around  town. I would also work with local businesses and schools and put up  posters around town to educate people on the importance of keeping their  premises clean and encourage them to take pride in the appearance of  their community. To add to this, I would allocate sufficient funds from the  city budget to hire more street cleaners, park attendants, and other city  workers to keep Springfield clean and attractive.  

Let’s have fun!

Finally, making Springfield a more fun place to live by promoting more fun  activities for residents. This would include organizing community events,  festivals, and other public gatherings that bring people together and  promote a sense of community. In addition, I would work with local  businesses to promote local tourism and encourage them to provide more  fun activities for visitors. I would also put aside funds to improve parks and  recreation areas and make them more attractive to families and children.  

In conclusion, as the mayor of Springfield, I would take a comprehensive  approach to tackle the issues facing the city in which I see every day. With  the focus being generally on making the city more appealing and fun to  future and current residents. I believe that I could make Springfield a better  place for its residents if I were mayor.

Mayor selects public school students for state competition

Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon invited Springfield public school students to participate in the “If I were Mayor …” contest held annually by the Oregon Mayors Association. 

Mayor VanGordon selected Thurston Elementary student Kaylin Collins and Agnes Stewart Middle School student Seven Bolejack as the top finalists heading to the state Oregon Mayors Association competition.

The contest was open to elementary, middle, and high school students. Hundreds of entries were submitted from SPS schools. The winners selected from each school were then forwarded to VanGordon to determine the top entries that would be moving on to the state contest.

“The SPS entries emphasized just how compassionate our students are and how much they care for the Springfield community,”  VanGordon said.

Students will be recognized at a future City Council meeting in addition to being highlighted on the City’s website and shared on social media.

First place statewide winning student(s) in each category will win $500. These students will receive their prizes at the awards luncheon held during the OMA Summer Conference in Hood River, Aug. 10-12. Second and third place students win $300 and $100 respectively.

OMA Contest winners:

Kaylin Collins, Thurston Elementary

Aaliyah Smith, Two Rivers Dos Rios Elementary

Briannah Bourgeois, Riverbend Elementary

Gracious Carter, Maple Elementary

Jude Chase, Guy Lee Elementary

Luna Alderfer-Rosenbrock, Douglas Gardens Elementary

McKenzie Robinson, Walterville Elementary

River Bangham, Elizabeth Page Elementary



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