BRIDGE CITY – With the local elections approaching in Bridge City, new council members are looking to the future.
Patty Collins, who was elected as one of two newcomers to a council seat, won her election for fourth place by 814 votes to 397 votes in favor of her opponent Kenneth Prosperie.
Collins plans to focus on growing the city in her freshman year.
“I’d like to see new houses or new businesses in town,” she said. “It helps with tax revenue and helps the city. We were very successful in the school board election, getting the bonds approved to build a new middle school. It’s a good attraction, but we also need new stores so that our people can shop and grow in the city.”
Collins said Bridge City faces many of the same challenges that most small towns face.
“We have some infrastructure challenges,” she said. “If you need to drive through Bridge City in the afternoon, we’re (congested) from about 3pm to 6pm. We’ve had several hurricanes, so we have some infrastructure stuff with our wells and water. We have the typical everyday things that the city needs to focus on. The city is doing a great job.”
The city councilor would also like to see more family events in the city.
“This is the city where I was born and grew up,” she says. “My family has lived in this city for over 85 years. We had things growing up. We had Bridge City Days. We had carnival and some fun stuff. The “Christmas in the Park” event was very well attended. I would like to see more things like that.”
Collins said she looks forward to working with City Manager Brent Walker, who joined the city’s staff earlier this year.
“He’s young and energetic and I think he has some great ideas for the city,” she said. “I look forward to working with the council. It is a blessing to be part of this council, which consists of five other councilors and a mayor who are passionate about our city. We will be working on strategic planning to look to the future and the bright things we can bring to the city.”
– By Chris Moore