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New city commissioners appointed
ARLINGTON The city of Arlington recently appointed two new commissioners.
Bruce Wargo joined the ranks of Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission after proposing some ways in which Arlington could attract more visitors by taking advantage of at least one of its resources.
I was invited to a PARC meeting by outgoing commissioner Wendy Patterman about two months ago, said Wargo, a lumber salesman with degrees in health and physical education. I had some ideas about Centennial Trail. Since she was getting ready to resign, I applied to take her place.
As an enthusiastic bicyclist, Wargo sees Centennial Trail as a gateway to turning the city into a watering hole for fellow riders.
The trail could benefit Arlington tremendously, by bringing in riders for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime, who might want to eat and shop here, Wargo said. I suggested putting in some restrooms, a bike pump and lots of bike stands along the trail.
Wargo expressed optimism for the citys future and encouraged citizens to contact him about shared interests.
I like the direction this town is taking, especially with projects like the downtown construction, said Wargo, a 21-year resident of Arlington. If you want to go cycling, we can get together. I like to get to know people. Arlington has a lot to offer. Its a great little town.
Jeff Gordon comes to his new role as an Arlington Municipal Airport commissioner with 22 years of experience in aviation, the past seven of which hes lived in Arlington and flown as a commercial pilot for Delta Airlines.
While Gordon is quick to tout the citys annual Northwest Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In, as the third-largest in the country, he also appreciates Arlingtons many other unique characteristics.
We have Old Town, our parks, music and plays, Gordon said. I want to help preserve what we have here, which is that approachable, small-town community feeling.
While Gordon declined to speculate too heavily about what the future might bring, he plans to keep an eye on the development on the Arlington airports western side.
The airport is key in bringing business and quality jobs into the community, Gordon said. I feel fortunate to be on board, and I look forward to serving the community.