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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

What’s it going to take to bring the community together


June 1, 2010

There is so much that goes on to make a community a successful, well-balanced and family-friendly community. Things like beautiful parks, well thought out planning, community members who want to get involved and leadership that is willing to take risks but will ultimately listen to the people and remain honest, fair and trustworthy. Having a great school system is like the cherry on top of the sundae.

Granite Falls has many of these qualities. Its quaint streets are welcoming and give visitors that small town feeling as they drive down Granite Avenue or visit the beautiful new IGA.

People are friendly, for the most part, and the town has its own unique shops and restaurants. Guests are offered everything from authentic Mexican food, to handmade pizzas, to a drink in a friendly café where you can join in karaoke or just nibble on some grub.

Folks can purchase everything from fishing poles, to secondhand wares to unique gift items, all within walking distance from one another.

If service is what you’re looking for then Granite Falls has a club for you. Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis and an ever-growing Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.

So what’s wrong? Why can’t Granite Falls seem to move past all the bickering, name-calling and just plain time wasting?

After speaking with city councilmember Matt Hartman last month, the realization came to light that after the issues with the failed state audits, and now with the Police Chief being investigated and some in the city “up in arms” over it, the concern is how does the city start fresh and move on?

Since this conversation, it has come to light that the Granite Falls Civil Service Board was asked to investigate the mayor. What’s next?

The insanity needs to stop. Does Granite Falls always want to be known as a meth town or the town that always gets bad press?

How can a town grow economically and survive if the infighting doesn’t cease and the city council can’t work together for the good of the community they represent?

The citizens voted in a new mayor, a mayor who is trying to keep his campaign promises and who wants to see the city grow economically. A city that makes the community feel safe and welcoming.

The new Granite Falls Consulting company has spent thousands of dollars trying to promote tourist business in the area and help current business grow and thrive in a down economy. What is all of this for if the community can’t work together?

The Granite Falls Historical Museum is a perfect example of the city working together for the good of everyone. That museum is one of the best town museums around.

Those who have devoted countless hours to make it unique to the city and something to be proud of should be an example to all of those living and working in Granite Falls.

Clean-up the garbage and move forward—until this begins to happen, Granite Falls will continue to be stagnate and animosity will fester, taking away the serene beauty of a community many call home.


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