Mayors fromj across nation come to Incline |

Mayors fromj across nation come to Incline

Teresa Mills, Tribune News Service

They may come from different parts of the country, but they worry about many of the same issues.

This is the consensus of community leaders attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors which made a stop Monday at the Ponderosa Ranch for a Hayride Breakfast.

Some mayors brought family and friends for a brisk ride to a plateau above the Ponderosa Ranch at Incline Village where they were treated to breakfast.

Some mayors even sported cowboy hats to fit in where episodes of the television series “Bonanza” were filmed.

Water quality and quantity, transportation, public safety, employment, and housing are issues that must be dealt with in communities throughout the country, mayors interviewed said.

“Water is an issue everywhere,” said Waco, Texas, Mayor Mike Morrison. “I’m sure you’re dealing with employment issues. When you talk to mayors anywhere, you’re going to find many of the issues are the same. As a country, our communities usually share the same problems. You can try to avoid some of the mistakes other communities have made.”

Mayor Dick Archer of Sierra Vista, Ariz., said, like Lake Tahoe, his town deals with water issues.

“Our issues down in the desert are water quantity,” Archer said. “We have to make sure we don’t use too much water – that will make our river dry up. You learn at these conferences that just about everyone has the same problems.”

Mayor Robert Jones of Kalamazoo, Mich., agreed. “Most of the communities have similar issues – public safety, improvement of streets, and transportation,” he said.

Mayor Dannel Malloy of Stanford, Conn., said they share one of Lake Tahoe’s problems. “Transportation is a big issue in Connecticut,” he said. “This is a good opportunity to exchange ideas.”

Meanwhile, David Geddes, president of the Ponderosa Ranch, was a happy host. “It’s a nice thing to have the mayors up at Lake Tahoe to visit the attraction,” he said. “The whole concept was to get recognition for the whole area – Reno and Lake Tahoe.”

More than 300 mayors have attended the conference, according to event organizers.

Most of the events have taken place at the Reno Hilton, including a conference via live television link with President Clinton on the subject of violence in schools.

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