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Stiehm to Make Austin History

January 02, 2017 07:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- In Austin’s 160 year history, it’s never happened...until now.

"You want to be around long enough that you can make a difference," said Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm.

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And when the Austin City Council holds its first meeting for 2017 on Tuesday, it will be one for the record books:  Mayor Tom Stiehm won his re-election bid without opposition in November, which makes him Austin's longest serving mayor.

"Austin's future is bright, it's really bright," he said.

The city has seen some big changes in the ten years Tom Stiehm has been mayor, including the demolition of Oak Park Mall to make room for a new Hy-Vee store, the opening of a new SPAM Museum in the heart of downtown Austin, the growth of the Hormel Institute ...

"We've seen two major expansion in the last ten years," the Mayor told us

...and the project that could be the city's showpiece in the year ahead, development of a new rec center.

"There's a lot of work to be done on it, I think maybe toward the end of 2017, 2018 maybe we'll see that come to fruition."

Thanks in large part to a $25 million commitment from the Hormel Foundation.

"You know we lost Target, that was a big hit, but you know, two steps forward, one step back," Mayor Tom Stiehm said.

Tuesday evening will see oaths of office from re-elected council member Steve King, and newly elected members Paul Fischer and Laura Helle … and Austin’s longest serving mayor ever

"I really, really enjoy doing this job. It's made me a better person, you can ask my wife."


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