SCOTT – For the first time in eight years, the city of Scott has a new mayor.
While many would be upset after losing one’s position, Purvis Morrison says he’s just happy that he had the opportunity to serve his hometown to begin with.
“I’ve always knew that this seat is not my seat,” says the soon to be former mayor, “It’s the people’s seat. I just sit in it for a while until they want me to go. And then at that time we move out and we move on, and we do that with a smile.”
There’s no ill will between Morrison and his successor Jan-Scott Richard, whom he served in city government with.
He just hopes Richard can build on the hard work that’s been laid out these past eight years.
“Government moves slow,” explains Morrison I mean nobody comin’ in here and changin’ nothin’ tomorrow, I guarantee you that. But I hope that I’ve left things there that they can build upon.”
Building on the groundwork that Morrison has laid out for him is something Richard fully plans to do.
“You know, we’ve have the Apollo Road project that’s gonna be a big one,” explains the Mayor-Elect, “You know, that River Ranch development that Robert Daigle’s gonna be bringing our community. So I think we gotta make sure on doing that right and concentrating on the infrastructure side of that, making sure drainage is done properly.”
But Richard also has his own plans in improving Scott, which have pushed him to battle through what was always going to be a tough race.
“I knew I was up against a challenge,” says Richard. “But we were optimistic all along. We stuck to our plan: the Live Scott Initiative. And I think it resonated with many of the people in this community and I think they were willing to give me an opportunity to move this city into the next generation.”