Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd delivered her 10th annual State of the City address Wednesday before a crowd of about 400 people at Meridian Middle School.
Highlights of her speech:
The city is considering expanding its City Council from four members to six. The council will take public comment at its Feb. 19 meeting.
If the city decides it likes the plan, voters would have to approve the structural change in May and, if approved, elect the new council members in November.
Last year, 1,800 people moved into Meridian, the largest increase of any Treasure Valley city. Meridians population is now about 78,000.
The city will debut a Christmas night light parade this year.
Two big projects will boost the city: Money to rebuild the Meridian Road interchange is in place and design work under way. And the outdoor mall at the Village at Meridian is under construction. Features of the latter include a state-of-art water-and-light-show fountain and outdoor ice rink.
Residents John Burns and John Skogsberg each received the Legacy Award for creating the Rock of Honor, a memorial for fallen veterans in Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell