Elliott replaces Chavez as Metolius mayor
After Metolius recalled Mayor John Chavez in October, City Council President Foncie "Carl" Elliott filled in as interim mayor.
Then Nov. 4, the council voted for Elliott to serve out Chavez's term as mayor.
Elliott, who owns Double E Construction LLC and Double E RV Repair, is no stranger to city government.
In addition to his current term, he served as mayor in the early 1990s and on the council in the late '90s. He was on the city's planning board in the '80s, as well.
Now 71, Elliott has "been here since I was in second grade," he said. This December, he and his wife, Karen, will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary.
"You're involved in what's happening in your community," he said about his work in city government. "You'd like to see it grow the right way ..."
Elliott would like to hear more from Metolius residents about how they want the community to grow and what their needs are.
"We've been looking into maybe trying to start some affordable housing," Elliott said. "You need the public involved when you're trying to do something like that."
He's pleased with the progress he's seen in the three years he has been on the council this time around.
"We've got a good staff now," he said. "I think we've got a council. We've got a good planning commission now. ... Over the three years, we've come a long way on council. I don't think it's any one person. I think it takes a team to make things work and go forward."
Elliott doesn't anticipate big changes in the future, but he sees, steady "gradual growth," he said.
Personally, Elliott would like to see a pedestrian and bike path from Metolius to Culver and from Metolius to Madras.
"A lot of people don't like riding a bicycle from Metolius to Madras because it's not really that safe," Elliott said.
He said in addition to residents, a lot of bicycle clubs come through in the summer.
"I'd like to see our parks upgraded a lot," he said. That would include new, safer playground equipment.
He would be pleased to see more small businesses move to Metolius and to see more cleanup efforts. "But we're working on it, and little by little, we're getting it done," he said.
"I think the city's coming along," he said. "i'd like to see more involvement."
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