Progress continues toward the re-installation of the lights on the Highway 210 Bypass. All the conduit and concrete bases are in and, some lights have been put up and turned on. A big thanks goes to the Campbellsville Street Department, Campbellsville Water and Sewer Company and the Taylor County Rural Electric Cooperative Company crews who have teamed together to get this job completed. I have seen their cooperative and dedicated efforts to complete this project before the weather turns worse. This week, the city crews will pull more electric cables. However, final work will be delayed due the deployment of some RECC crews to the northeastern states to help restore power to thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Shortly after the RECC crew returns; we will resume the final phase of hanging the remaining poles.
Downtown is looking great. It has come to be a vibrant, pleasant and fun place to shop, eat or just stroll along the sidewalks while enjoying the people, sights and sounds. It is important to grow and maintain downtown Campbellsville as an attractive visitor destination. Thanks to everyone for helping make this year a huge success. The Market Off Main, Music Off Main and Movies Off Main events were great and helped our community become the “place to be” this year. I was especially happy to see families choose to come downtown as part of their entertainment. The movie and the music were free. Plans are already underway to make next year even bigger and better. Good things are happening and we are just getting started.
The City has begun efforts to clean up many areas that need attention in the community. The Old Radio Building just past the bridge on West Main Street was removed and the area looks much better. Several abandoned properties have been cited and will soon be given the attention needed to make improvements. While vacant and abandoned buildings are often viewed as a problem, it is also an opportunity. Property clean up and redevelopment can help raise property values, create community amenities, increase local tax revenue, and attract new residents and businesses. My plan is to make all of our neighborhoods more attractive and boost property values.
The City Parks Department is busy preparing Miller Park for the annual display of holiday lights. The “flip the light switch” ceremony will take place at 6:30pm, Wednesday, November 21st. This is a great time of year!
I wish for you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. This is the time when family and friends gather and express gratitude for all we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. Let me say that I am thankful to be able to serve as your Mayor. I am grateful to have this opportunity and to work with a great team. Finally, we recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.