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Mayor's appointees enthused about new responsibilities

At this past Monday's Sunnyside City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Restucci appointed Sierra Vista Middle School Principal Doug Rogers to the Sunnyside Board of Parks and Recreation, and Peggy Beeler to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Both are excited to get started.

Rogers has been the only principal Sierra Vista Middle School has known, serving in that capacity since the school's opening three and a half years ago. He has been with the Sunnyside School District for nine years and an educator for the past 19 years.

Rogers said he is a member of Sunnyside Promise's Board and at a meeting met Restucci.

"I was approached by the mayor and asked if I would be interested in serving on the board," Rogers said. "I told him that sounded like a great idea."

Rogers said he has been interested in seeing the parks program make a comeback in Sunnyside.

"It's a need in our community," he added.

Rogers said he would like to see the committee establish what it is the committee wants to accomplish. He said once that is identified the committee can come up with a vision for the best case scenario and then set goals to achieve that.

Personally, Rogers said he would like to see an increase in the opportunity for growth in the community. He would like to see the city engage in positive activities and have a situation where there are positive adult relationships that come with that.

Rogers' term ends in April 2012.

"Anytime you have an opportunity like this to renew a vision, you have to take advantage of it," he said. "We can't change the past but we can change the future."

Beeler has lived in Sunnyside for the past three years and owns Sunnyside RV Park with her husband. Before moving to Sunnyside Beeler worked for the Tacoma Police Department in the finance & property division.

She actively applied for the position on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee because her business relies on tourism and she would like to see the dollars used to bring more tourists to Sunnyside.

"We want it coming here, not down the road," she said.

All businesses that charge for lodging collect a tax from its patrons. Sunnyside gets a portion of this tax and the committee will help influence the city council's decision on how to use the money.

Beeler said Sunnyside has everything in place to keep tourists in town. She said it's just making sure they know what is here in town.

"Our goal is to make sure the funds are working to bring tourism in," she said. "We want to make sure (business) voices are heard. Where do they want the money spent? I want to make sure that's what happens."

Beeler said when tourists stay in Sunnyside they spend their money on eating, shopping and getting gas. She wants to explore all the options on how to spend the money. She said there is a need for some of it to go to the chamber of commerce but would also like to explore other options available.

Other such ideas are the use of billboards and building websites.

The committee meets on a quarterly basis.

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