Marty Larson, Genola’s new mayor, said he would like to focus on preparing for the future in his term as mayor.
Larson, a dairy farmer who also grows alfalfa, has lived in Genola since 1996 and served on the Planning Commission and Town Council prior to running for mayor.
He said he decided to run at the prompting of the former mayor, who showed him the different responsibilities of the office. He said he also likes to serve.
“This is a small town, where everybody knows everybody, and I do take great joy in serving and helping others where I can,” he said.
One of the main things Larson said he would like to focus on while he is mayor is securing a second water source for the town.
The city currently has one source of culinary water, a well and tank on one side of town. The previous mayor and council worked to extend the line into town with the assistance of a grant, he said.
“One thing I’d like to work on is having a secondary source, so in case anything happens, we aren’t all reliant on that one source and that one location,” he said. “So I think we should work to a second source of culinary water, whether it be a second well and second storage tank on the north end of town.”
Larson said he also sees Genola growing and he expects to see more moving to the area.
“I see that growth is coming, and a lot of people have moved out here because of the nice peaceful open space and so forth,” he said. “I do see that as growth comes, there will be growing pains. With growing pains, we’re going to need very good ordinances and rules that balance people who are here with growth and the people who are going to be coming here.”
After taking the oath of office on Wednesday, he said he was grateful for the work of the previous council and mayor.
“I have a great gratitude for the work he (former Mayor Lonny Ward) has done,” Larson said. “He’s left something that is easy to continue and carry one because he has a set a very good pattern and he’s leaving his office with things in very good shape financially and with the infrastructure he set up with people in the right places.”