The Riverbank Federated Women’s Club got a sneak preview of Mayor Richard D. O’Brien’s upcoming ‘State of the City’ address at their meeting this past week.
Although the mayor told them he hadn’t written his presentation yet, he did go over several of the topics he’s planning to cover in his annual address.
He described the kind of growth he’s expecting Riverbank to experience in coming years, both to the east and the west. O’Brien told them of the process that LAFCO, the county’s Local Agency Formation Committee, will require for the city to expand its “sphere of influence” to include annexation in both directions.
The mayor said he expects what has been called “Bruinville,” a group of proposed developments in the vicinity of Riverbank High School, to be getting underway soon.
Also, he discussed the strategic planning the city is working on, with possible negative impact on the city budget. He said creative ways of financing upcoming work might rely on grants and other options the city has.
He said he hoped the city might get grant funding to increase staffing of police services in Riverbank.
The mayor’s State of the City address is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Galaxy Theatres.