Danville Mayor Robert Storer highlighted recent town achievements and looked forward to the plans for this year during his inaugural Mornings with the Mayor presentation Friday.
"We're excited that that freeway-widening and the new sound walls are taking place," Storer said, spotlighting the state's Interstate 680 Auxiliary Lanes Project. "We have some landscaping going on Camino Ramon (alongside the I-680 project) that will absolutely floor you ... Caltrans took out about 311 trees; we're going to replant about a thousand trees."
The first-time mayor also focused on private and public projects already underway or set to begin this year in downtown, including the Danville Hotel property redevelopment, water-main replacement, and the town's proposed posting of new directional signs, Railroad Avenue improvements and Hartz Avenue beautification.
"We want to emphasize that it's a pedestrian-friendly community: Shop locally, come downtown, bring your friends. We want you to enjoy downtown Danville," Storer said to the roughly 40 residents, town staff, local officials and community-organization reps gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building.
Friday marked Storer's first time leading the quarterly Mornings with the Mayor presentation. The Danville Town Council unanimously appointed Storer to his first term as mayor during its December reorganization. This is his fifth year on the council.
Storer also spent time Friday reflecting on key events from late 2013, including the downtown holiday tree-lighting, the Village Theatre centennial celebration, the release of the Danville Connect mobile app and his mayoral installation.
"It was a very special night for me and my family," he said about the night he was named mayor. "Something that I've looked forward to for a good number of years, probably 14 or 15 to be exact."
Following his presentation, the mayor opened the floor to questions from the public and comments from outside-agency officials. Among those to speak and provide brief updates were Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen and representatives from the school board, fire district, police department and chamber of commerce.