Dear citizens in the city of Three Rivers: The city of Three Rivers has had many successes, challenges and growth in the last six years that I have been mayor.
When I ran for mayor, I vowed to start new street projects, upgrade our park improvements, re-implement brush pickup and get high speed Internet to our town.
There have been many beautiful new roads built with curb and gutter – a new playground and equipment and a walking trail for all of us to enjoy.
The brush pickup has helped to make our city look cleaner. And now you can get high-speed Internet by sight or by fiber straight to your house.
Also, during this time, we built a brand new waste water plant, upgraded water pumps in our intake structure at the lake and have had to upgrade lots of infrastructure due to the Eagle Ford Shale and the people it has brought to our city.
These are exciting times for Three Rivers, and we as a city need to keep moving forward.
Currently, we are looking at opportunities to increase our potable water by 1 million gallons within two years.
I also think it is important that the city not rely only on the surface water at the lake but continue looking into ground water sources to supply the needs of this city and its growth. This would help in time of drought and the uncertainty that the drought brings to the water levels at the lake.
Having the opportunity to be mayor for the city of Three Rivers has been an amazing experience that the great citizens in Three Rivers bestowed upon me.
During my time as mayor, our council has worked hard to do what is best for its citizens, and the city has voted unanimously most of the time.
I’m proud that our council has been together on most all our decisions and contribute this cohesiveness to the hard work of the city employees to get us the information we needed to make these decisions.
The friendships I have gained in knowing the citizens in Three Rivers are ones that I will never forget.
My family and I have grown and plan to move back to the country within the next two years. This would make me ineligible to complete the next term as mayor.
With this decision, I will not be planning to run for re-election as your mayor of Three Rivers.
This decision has not come easy for me, but I still plan on contributing to the citizens in the city and Live Oak County.
At this time, I would like to thank my family for supporting me during my tenure as mayor and thank the wonderful people of Three Rivers: You are what makes this city great. Thanks again.
Mayor James Liska