By Cathy Mounce, Register Staff Writer
Gainesville Daily Register
Topping the lists from Gainesville leaders for 2014 are resolutions to not only better themselves for their own personal goals but to better prepare themselves to be more productive for their community and families.
Quality family time was a constant theme throughout many resolutions as many look to achieve a balance between job responsibilities, special projects and positive family time that sometimes takes a back burner to the stress of daily agendas.
Career woman, wife, mother and director of community outreach and development at North Texas Medical Center (NTMC) Kristi Rigsby said that it is sometimes difficult to juggle family and work responsibilities.
“My personal goal is to achieve more balance in my family life and work life, especially around NTMC’s major ‘Sky’s the Limit’ project in September,” Rigsby said.
“As part of the NTMC community outreach, my primary goal at work is to make our NTMC foundation fundraisers bigger, better and more profitable as we continue to strive for a positive image for NTMC throughout the community.”
Family was also important for executive director of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) Kent Sharp who stated that besides more time with the family, he wanted to eat healthier, live better and to have a safer year for his family.
“Also less car crashes this year would be great since we had three total in our family last year,” Sharp reported. “No one was hurt but it was still a rough year when you have events like that take place.”
With the Gainesville Independent School District’s (GISD) growth and successes this past year, GISD Superintendent Jeffrey Brasher said that he hoped to improve his own capabilities this next year as he continues to work to serve the students of the GISD.
“I resolve to work each day to perpetually improve myself intellectually so I will be better prepared tomorrow than I am today to serve the GISD,” he continued. “I will also work to improve myself spiritually so I am better prepared to meet the demands I encounter as a dad, husband and as the GISD superintendent!”
Regarding city affairs, city manager Barry Sullivan said he has two main goals for the city this year which will provide for an improved and safer environment for Gainesville residents.
“One goal is to continue to improve the city infrastructure through needed street repairs and other enhancements,” Sullivan stated. “Also we are excited to be able to increase our demolition goal of uninhabitable structures by taking down 50 structures this year instead of last year’s projected 25 for 2014.”
“With more companies moving into this area, we want to improve the city image and therefore making it more desirable for families to move into the Gainesville area,” he said.
As defined, a resolution is a promise that someone makes to one self to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. Today, many resolutions revolve around the perceived need to eat better, lose weight, stop smoking and to exercise more. Health concerns that will hopefully improve the quality of life.
Gainesville Daily Register publisher Jim Perry believes that while it is good to exercise the body, it is important to exercise the mind also.
“I do aspire to be healthier this year but my resolution won’t be to exercise more. We should all do that.” Perry said. “My resolution is to exercise a different kind of muscle, I want to give my mind a daily workout. Reading, thinking, problem solving, whatever it takes to get things going upstairs to be more thoughtful and working for the common good. Oh yes, one more thing. Fill the paper with more local, local, local!”