The annual CEDR ceremony featured what Executive Director Kevin Leahy described as a “very special award, as it does not fit the model of a ‘traditional’ CEDR Business Award.”

Leahy explained that letters of support from several sources, along with results generated by the city of Warrenton, “have been inspiring as they speak to the results that city staff, individuals, citizens, the business community and the city commission have accomplished in a short time.”

Leahy said the words “firing on all cylinders” were mentioned in one of the nomination letters, and said this was “so appropriate.”

Warrenton was cited for synergy between its departments and the public; a full roster of members for committee and boards; “Coffee with the Mayor” held every Monday morning, with department heads in attendance to answer questions and take citizen input; relocating the library, resulting in an over 10 percent gain in card holders; and 35 nuisance properties cleaned up this year alone.

In terms of monetary accomplishments, Warrenton has moved forward with a Rural Development Initiative Downtown Development Project — a $60,000 study brought to life by Linda Engbretson, city manager — focusing on how to revitalize the downtown core. An application to be a Main Street City is in process.

The city has undertaken large water line construction and acquired a new fire department tender truck, both via arrangements that saved taxpayers money.

To quote a nomination letter writer: “It would be a shame to keep these diamonds covered up, but better to display them now to show their brilliance.”

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