Monday night’s meeting of Indianola’s mayor and board of aldermen marked the end of three terms and 12 years for Steve Rosenthal.
Recalling only missing two board meetings, Rosenthal took time to reflect on the years he spent as Indianola’s leader.
“No group of people agree 100% of the time, and we were lucky if we were agreeing 80% of the time, but we all have seemed to get stuff done,” Rosenthal said.
Rosenthal spoke of the things that he managed to get done during his terms.
“I have personally been involved with bringing 28 new businesses to Indianola, employing over 350 people and a total investment of just a little under $100 million,” Rosenthal said.
He spoke about different projects he was involved with including the overlaying od streets, a ‘safer’ SuperValu access road, a sewer project, a new pump station and more projects that improved the city of Indianola, he said.
After reminiscing, Rosenthal also spoke about the future of Indianola.
“Going forward, we better have a good catcher’s mitt, because they are going to be throwing dollars at all of us,” Rosenthal.
Rosenthal says Indianola should soon have its greatest funding opportunities in over 50 years.
“Indianola should receive a minimum of $15 million in “no match” federal funds in 2022 and a similar amount in 2023,” Rosenthal said. “I have already made proposals and requests for these amounts.”
Rosenthal cited a $10 million investment coming in to rebuild Southgate to demonstrate just some of the opportunities that could come in the future.
“We have to realize that the only people that can make Indianola the best place in the Delta is ourselves,” Rosenthal said. “There will be no Superman.”