As we spend this Christmas season with our loved ones, we celebrate the gifts of life, as seen in the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Christmas reminds us that the grandest purposes of God can be found in the humblest of places. It gives us hope that all the love and gifts that come to us in this life are the signs and symbols of an even greater love and gift that came on a holy night.
In these challenging economic times, it is also important that we remember those who are less fortunate. This is a time when we can show gratitude for our own blessings by giving to others. I believe sharing with others, especially those in need, best represents the miracles of this season. By celebrating with one another the many blessings God has given us, we can help make this season shine bright.
I urge all this season to remember the brave service men and women, including those in our local Kentucky National Guard Bravo Company 1-623 Field Artillery. They are deploying overseas in January so that we may continue to enjoy our freedoms. As they fight so nobly to bring peace and liberty to other parts of the world, we pray for their safe return.
This is a time when we enjoy the blessings of friends and family as we look back upon the previous year and prepare for the year ahead. Good things are happening in Campbellsville and our City is the place to be. Our downtown has come alive. It is a vibrant, pleasant and a fun place to shop, eat or just stroll along the sidewalks enjoying the atmosphere. It is so exciting and we are just getting started.
The City has made good strides in many areas and the budget is going very well as savings continue to accumulate. Department supervisors are continuing to manage their operations more efficiently than ever before.
Soon we will see construction starting on a new one million gallon water storage tank located just off of Highway 55 in Campbellsville. The new tank will improve water quality, storage capacity and water pressure for the area. The project will begin a series of improvements to the City’s infrastructures. Also, there are plans to begin replacing some of Campbellsville’s oldest water lines. In the spring, this $1.8 million Kentucky Infrastructure Authority project will begin and upon completion, will greatly improve water quality for city residents. The City has been awarded a $.5 million grant to assist with this project. Additionally, the Water Company will continue with plans to construct two or three new water line extension projects this coming year. It is a goal of the company to add two or three additional water lines in the county each year to increase customer service.
I hope all of you will find ways to share Christmas with a needy family, senior citizen or veteran. Tonya and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.