The year comes to a close in Lewisburg

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

By Jim Bingham

Special to the Tribune

As the end of the year approaches it is not uncommon to reflect on the events which have transpired and to set goals for the future. As we look back on 2014 we note both accomplishments and disappointments.

Some of the disappointments:

* Finding that our 60 year old pool could not be repaired.

* Failing to obtain the TDOT grant for the improvement of 1st Avenue North from the square to Rock Creek Park.

* Losing Cosmolab.

* The loss of so many, especially our World War II veterans.

* Not being able to fulfill every request.

Accomplishments for 2014:

* Continued job creation.

* Received a Workforce LEAP Grant.

* Several miles of city streets were re-paved.

* Received a major gift from CKNA for Rock Creek Park.

* Got a grant for pervious paving at Rock Creek Park.

* 120 trees were planted under the Tree City program.

* The Vision Plan was officially adopted and 32 items in it were addressed.

* TV advertising for Lewisburg aired in the Nashville and Huntsville markets.

* American flags were placed on the bypass.

* A community informational meeting was held at Greater First Baptist Church.

* A community Christmas tree was placed at Public Square Park.

* Got a 2014 High Performance Economic Development Award.

* Ditech Industries located in the Industrial Park.

* Obtained a TVA grant for a building pad in the I-65 Commerce Park.

* Received a $50,000 grant for the new pool.

* Continued commercial and industrial expansion.

* Meiwa and Imperial Foods opened at the I-65 Commerce Park.

* Improvements were made at Jones Field.

Opportunities for 2015:

* Clean up, straighten up and "pride up" our city, especially on our major highways so we can present ourselves in a positive way to our visitors.

* Additional street re-paving.

* A stronger work force.

* More residential, commercial and industrial expansion.

* The widening of the intersection of West Commerce Street and Heil Quaker Avenue.

* Obtain the Tennessee Housing Authority Home Grant to improve sub-standard housing.

* Apply for the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program for a community improvement fund.

* New "Welcome to Lewisburg" signs.

* New zoning for Ellington Parkway.

We are holding our breath for the pool replacement bids which will be opened soon. The building of the pool will be funded with reserves, along with re-paving and other smaller projects. These reserves will be strained and there may be a need for additional revenues as these reserves decline.

We look forward to 2015 with optimism and enthusiasm for continued growth, better communications, continuing our appreciation of each other, as well as a renewed spirit of cooperation.

Jim Bingham was elected to a four-year term as mayor of Lewisburg in 2013.