It's been a rocky road for Fort Shawnee the last couple of years, but mayor Pete Mariotti and council both feel they are headed in the right direction.
At Monday night's Fort Shawnee council two items that may hold the future of the Fort were approved. A 3.25 mills operating levy was approved by council and will go to the voters in November. They will allow a one mill street levy to expire so the actual costs to residents will be 2.25 mills. They also approved next years budget, something they are excited about. Mayor Pete Mariotti says it's a slow process, but they are taking steps forward. "We feel good about it because it's a follow up to the 2012 budget and it's part of our five year recovery plan that's been approved by the auditor. We're looking forward to 2013 and that budget and we continue to progress and we continue to make improvements." said Mariotti.
Two other items that have been hot topics are the trash collection for the fort and whether or not the law director should have been hired without having five years experience. Mayor Mariotti call them issues that are in the past and it's time to move on.