YUMA, Az- Mayor Nicholls held a State of the City to address the future of Yuma. The Mayor touches base on the retail sector.
There were eight businesses that had closed their doors in 2014 mostly due to corporate reasons. Mayor Nicholls says, the U.S. Federal Governments unemployment rate of 22 percent overall in Yuma county and 10 percent within the city of Yuma are way too high. Another area to look for soloutions and Yuma county can improve on road way work. Mayor Nicholls said, “The condition of our roads will impact not only the livability of our city but the ability to attract new industry to our area.” On December 28th the community experienced a loss of a very significant park. The Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground was burned into flames. Mayor Nicholls touches base on what their plans are moving forward with castle park. Mayor Nicholls said, “Yuma police department is looking to capture the individual repsonsible and theres been a reward fund established that is currently over $14,000. Insuarances and praisers are currently reviewing the claim visiting the site. We expect more information on the insurance very soon. A community grass roots fundraising efforts is underway to help with the cost to recontruct. We will be looking towards rebuilding sometime after this summer.”