ELKHART — With nearly three months in office, a series of town hall meetings under his belt and a number of initiatives underway, Mayor Tim Neese says people want change.

“Whether it is a pothole, a street light that does not stay green long enough or simply a lack of things to do, it is clear that the residents of this city have a lot they would like to see done differently,” he said in his first State of the City address, delivered Wednesday at the Lerner Theatre.

In that context, he offered his vision, saying he’ll push for an emphasis on closer police-community relations, try to revive downtown go-kart races and move to rescind obsolete city ordinances, among other things.

“I am a believer that one cannot legislate human behavior,” Neese said. Once the review of city laws is complete “and we are left with only those ordinances that are absolutely necessary, I hope that individuals will continue to take pride in their community.”        

Neese, a Republican, soundly defeated two-term Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat, in November and took office Jan. 1. So far, he’s resolved one of two simmering annexation disputes, called for input on whether to retain angled parking on Main Street in downtown Elkhart and called into question the city’s snow-shoveling ordinance.

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