"It's a lot of work, don't kid yourself. It's about 100 hour a week job."
A job that has kept Mayor Tom Martin busy since May of 2008. With City Hall turned upsidedown this year over FBI raids, feuds with Tech hockey, and allegations of retaliatory tactics...Martin says things are finally back under control.
"I think we have the city government back on the track that it needs to be."
Even during those busy times, Martin is proud to boast the work on street projects throughout the city and the continuation of water line replacements. Now with the new year, he looks to begin construction on the Lake Alan Henry pipeline and a new water treatment plant...all the while keeping a close watch on the economy's effects for Lubbock.
"Fortunately, when we were budgeting this year, we were very conservative. We budgeted at about $3.60 a gallon for fuel and we're paying right at or a little over a dollar a gallon right now."
Now in the more immediate plans, this Thursday the Council is set to talk about an upcoming bond election slated for May or November. And as another year blows by, Martin is anxious to continue.
"I fully intend to run for re-election in 2010. I really enjoy serving the citizens of this community."