The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 7, 2013

Letter: Growth of Enid great to see

Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Since moving away from the Enid region a little more than 25 years ago, I have visited the city two or three time a year.

This last Christmas, I spent five days in your area. I have never seen Enid look as good as it does now. Oakwood Mall was full, shopping centers crowded and happy shoppers busily hurried about.

The roadways were wonderfully not congested; the historic renovations downtown looked tremendous and appeared to be well-thought-out. The nightlife has opportunities for groups to gather, and you could just as easily find a pair of shoes at Dillard’s as you could find a keepsake at the antique store across Garriott that was at one time a skating rink, showing Enid’s regrowth potential.  

My family from Enid sends me the news magazines that are produced by the city or local organizations. Being in the “city management” business, I am quick to harvest ideas or sneak away with a new concept that I have found in those periodicals.  

I find it rewarding to see how most of the information in those magazines reflects that (of) the city values (of) City Manager Eric Benson, because from what I can see, he is doing an outstanding job. It appears that Enid has a harmonic and working council who understands the big picture in terms of development.

I read about some proposed park bond funding that is being contemplated and understand that the issue is supposed to go to the voters in March. It appears that the projects listed for the bond proceeds are well-thought-out, planned for by groups of citizens and will meet a need for the city.  

Enid, from the City Council through the city manager to all the city departments, appears to be working together and have the best interests of the citizens of the entire city/region in mind.

Support these individuals who are making decisions on your behalf. John Ruskin has stated that “when love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” You have a masterpiece, Enid. Keep up the good work!

Scott Wayman

assistant city manager, Live Oak, Texas