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3/5/2013 11:43:00 AM
Slice of life: John Moore
Williams Mayor John Moore greets residents and visitors on Route 66. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Williams Mayor John Moore greets residents and visitors on Route 66. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Williams-Grand Canyon News

How many years have you lived in Williams?

I've lived here 27 years.

How long have you been mayor?

I'm in my sixth year as mayor.

What's a typical day for you like?

I usually get up at 5 or 5:30 a.m., get to the restaurant, then back to City Hall around 8 or 8:30 a.m. And then I'm in and out of my office there the rest of the day for all the various things I do.

What is on your list of priorities?

My priority list includes my duties as mayor and my business, Wild West Junction.

What are some of your goals for Williams?

Well I think my biggest goal is to oversee Williams and hope it continues to grow with a good quality of life and that the proper type of city production doesn't interfere with that.

What's the best part of being mayor?

That's a hard question. But I guess the best part is the opportunity to work with the citizens on projects and the opportunity to watch our town transform from where it was to where it is now. We've done an amazing job with clean up, not that I've necessarily done it, but so many others have helped. That's the joy of being mayor, to see a project through from start to finish that can really better the town.

Is there anything in particular you're looking forward to in 2013?

Just to watch our continued progress as a city and as a community, and to help foster and further advance all the improvement opportunities that we could have this year in the town.

What are your future plans in life and as mayor?

I think I would just like to see 2013 go well, continue to watch the city improve, and have more income for the town as well as the citizens. We've reduced the food tax, which went into effect March 1, and that's been a big topic over the years that we've talked about. Well we've finally got it taken care of. We've reduced the food tax 2 percent and raised the sales tax 0.5 percent, which essentially makes it a 1.5 percent reduction more or less. But that money received from the 0.5 percent sales tax add-on goes towards repairing streets. It's all dedicated to that and that's only what it will be used for. I look forward to that this year, in 2014 and the years to come.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Creager

I believe the town of Williams needs a new paint job on the commercial buildings. I would also love to see the sidewalks be made of wood like in the old western movies. The town of Oatman has them and they really add the rustic charm. I am not sure our harsh winters will allow us to do so.

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

Bellemont is close enough to Flag for employees to commute. That is a problem for companies wanting to relocate in Williams. We need more of the Bearizona and KC type businesses in Williams.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Kerry-Lynn Moede

Agreed Keith... This is a small town that I dont' think COULD attract a large company who could employ many. John Moore owns and runs businesses here. He gets it.

I don't know what the answer is, but I sure wish more people would be POSITIVE and come up with some ideas and then follow thru instead of
moaning and complaining all the time.
I'm not sure why anybody DOES try anymore... They just seem to get slammed for what they TRY to do. It appears to be a thankless job.

Williams rocks. It will succeed.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: this town is hopeless

What does Bellemont offer to get SCA Tissue, Schuff Steel, and others? I don't believe for a second that Bellemont has more than Williams. Over a year ago a group in Flagstaff that makes ice cream containers announced they were opening a temporary facility, and hoped to expand with a larger facility in Bellemont in a couple years. Has Mayor Moore even thought about contacting them about putting that plant in Williams? We've got acres upon acres by the airport zoned for industrial. We've got tons of land literally right next to I-40 on the north side. This land would be PERFECT for any sort of industrial facility. But no, let's keep beating that tourism dead horse and showing our youth that they too can grow up and work as housekeeping at a hotel or a server at a restaurant for minimum wage.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Keith Wilmot

So what can Williams offer any large companies? The population is too small for any decent size company to want to locate here and Flagstaff would be too far for workers to commute. So, the only alternative is to attract very small companies that would hire locally in very small groups. What else is there but tourist type businesses for Williams? Anyone have any ideas for the Mayor?

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Brent McNeil

Here here. I think once the Mayor gets comfortable with his good ole boys attitude, nothing gets done. I am still waiting for the road in front of.Pine Country restaurant to get fixed. What's the problem? I think the problem is called complacently. Time for a big change.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: this town is hopeless

I appreciate the Mayor's enthusiasm, but just what has he and the other Council members done about creating jobs that aren't dependent on tourism numbers? Our youth between 18-35 in Williams is virtually non-existent, and the few that are here are growing more frustrated each and every day at the lack of opportunity for quality jobs in Williams. I was hoping that the tanking of the economy over the last few years would show our "town elders" that Williams needs to change and adapt, but sadly it still looks like their heads are still buried deep in the sand and they either don't get it or just flat out don't care.

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