Menifee mayor gives State of the City Address

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Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman, right, meets with Dave Brown, retired Hemet police chief and consultant for the new Menifee Municipal Police Department, before the Sept. 19 State of the City Address at Menifee Lakes Country Club. Tony Ault photo

A glowing report of the growth and future plans for the city of Menifee was provided by Mayor Bill Zimmerman and the city council at the Thursday, Sept. 19, State of the City Address, entitled “Bringing the Future into Focus,” at Menifee Lakes Country Club.

The country club’s meeting rooms were filled to capacity with almost 200 Menifee Chamber of Commerce members, educators, service and nonprofit agency representatives, Menifee city council members and staff, transportation officials, medical professionals and other guests including Riverside County 5th District Supervisor Jeff Hewitt and former county supervisor Marion Ashley.

“We will zoom in what our team of professionals has envisioned for new job creation, traffic mobility, recreational opportunities and other positive enhancement that improves our quality of life,” Zimmerman said in the welcoming schedule of events. “Menifee is an award-winning city that is growing at an impressive speed. As the seventh fastest growing city in the state with close to 95,000 residents and over 800,000 residents in our trade, our future has never been brighter.”

A 45-minute video presentation of the city’s progress in the past year was shown with each of the four council members, Greg August, Matthew Liesemeyer, Lesa Sobek and Dean Deines, sharing what is happening in their districts.

The videos showed that in the last year Menifee has recorded a 22% increase in business licenses, a 20% increase in building permits, an 8% in growth anticipated in two years and by 2021, the city may have 106,000 residents with an unemployment rate at less than 3%.

Zimmerman said that the city council and staff have approved a balanced $60,920,785 balanced budget with the help of Measure DD funds that will afford the city to have its own municipal police department by July 2021 and a new fire department ladder truck.

“Menifee is on the move,” Zimmerman said “By making improvements, check! By adding staff, check! Transforming public safety, check! Fixing roadways and fixing bridges, check!”

Following an update on the city’s growth in residential housing, commercial development, education, medical advances, highways, parks and recreation events, Zimmerman said, “It’s about who we are building this community for. It’s for us, for each other, our neighbors and families. But most importantly, it’s about our youngest residents. They have the power of innovation. They can imagine. They can envision. They can encourage technology to help tomorrow’s needs.

“We’re developing partnerships for preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow. In future years, let’s face it. We will be relying on them for the technological advances that they are going to improve our daily lives,” Zimmerman said.

“Menifee is moving in all directions. So it’s a place to call home, but it’s also a place to grow your business and we are moving forward at a rapid pace. As you see it; we see it too. Menifee is truly focusing on our future.”

He concluded by thanking all the guests at the event.

George Mills, chairman of the 2019 Menifee Chamber of Commerce, who introduced Zimmerman and the other speakers, said the chamber is “proud to partner with the city of Menifee to support Menifee’s thriving business community.”

He thanked all those attending, saying “We look forward to sharing what the city of Menifee has been working on, and where we are headed.”

The Rev. Rocky Stone, from Sandals Church of Menifee, gave the invocation. Paloma Valley High School Navy JROTC presented the colors.

Chamber committee chair Vicki Carpenter gave the closing remarks.

The key sponsors for the event included KPC Health, Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors and Eastern Municipal Water District who provided special gifts and handouts at each table.

Other sponsors included: Tourmaline Capital; Audie Murphy Ranch in Menifee; Murrieta Loma Linda University Medical Center; Alasia Kingston builders in Audie Murphy Ranch; Newport Pacific Land; Paradise Chevrolet, Cadillac, Temecula; Rancon Group; Southwest Healthcare System, Wildomar and Murrieta; West Coast Lights and Sirens; Cazcom Inc., High Desert Communications; Spicer Consulting Group, municipal finance experts; Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus; Southern California Edison, WellQuest of Menifee Lakes; Waste Management; Rutan and Tucker LLP; Building Industry Association Riverside and Menifee Police Department.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.