Mayor reflects on 2017, announces 2018 projects

It was out with the old and in with the new for Mayor David Thompson at the January 4 City Council meeting where he held the reading of his annual State of the City Address, a report on the condition and needs of the city government.

Some noteworthy achievements in 2017 include:

The police department organized a 5K to assist with annual Shop with a Cop funding.

The 2017 tax rate was lower than it has been in previous years.

The recycling center shipped 251,000 pounds of materials.

The Knox County Detention Center broke ground in the Knox County Industrial Park.

Barbourville Utilities completed the sewer rehab project work on School Street, Catron Avenue, Sampson Lane and Henson Lane.

Police department cruisers were upgraded with new computers, making the citation process paperless.

The Street Department had a total of 2,265 street side pickups in town.

Tourism sponsored well over a dozen events/projects including July 4th fireworks, the BBQ cook-off and Fright Night.

Looking ahead, Mayor Thompson has big plans for 2018, including:

The city will apply for another recycling grant.

Work will begin to replace two water storage tanks near Walmart.

Services with the fiber optic BLINK project should be available to downtown Barbourville in the early part of 2018.

The city aims to complete the dog park.

The following streets are proposed for new blacktop: Sycamore Drive, Mills Street, Faulkner Street, Fuller Street, Sampson Lane, Short Street, Roosevelt Street and North Allison Avenue at Ball Park Curve.

The city hopes to purchase a new street sweeper and trucks for the Street Department.

Tourism plans to purchase an electronic sign for 25E to promote events.

The police department will continue battling the war on drugs.

“I want to thank the citizens of Barbourville for the opportunity to serve as their mayor and that I was given the chance once again to lead our city with integrity and bring back public trust,” said Mayor Thompson. “[We] are again working together as a whole and the City of Barbourville is moving forward once again.”