Outgoing Hyde Park mayor says successor will pursue more businesses

The outgoing mayor of Hyde Park says his successor will likely be more proactive in pursuing commercial growth in the city than he was.David Kooyman is ending his second term as mayor of Hyde Park and will hand the office over to Bryan Cox early next month. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Kooyman said he thinks Cox will be more aggressive in pursuing commercial businesses for his town.”I think Mayor Cox will be a little more aggressive,” Kooyman said. “We’ve got space for them.”Kooyman said specifically there is some potential for business growth east of the Maverik convenience store at the corner of U.S. Highway 91 and Hyde Park Lane. Right now, Kooyman said, Hyde Park residents basically pay for all the services in the community and additional sales tax base could help share the burden.Kooyman said his attitude regarding businesses while he was mayor was to “let them come when they come,” but with room to grow, he believes Cox will do more to actively pursue business.

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