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Mayor Don Still Speaks To Hope Lions

By Staff, 02/2/21 8:05 AM

The Hope Lions heard from Mayor Don Still on Monday.  The Mayor gave an overview of city operations and projects.  He noted the city departments are small but the employees work very well together and do a great job.

Mayor Still said sales tax receipts are stable and the city is continuing with the projects they had planned on at the beginning of 2020.  Several projects were put on hold for a couple of months at the beginning at COVID but were reinstated when revenue remained stable.

He gave an update on several projects including the work coming to fix the collapsed culver on Patmos Road, the coming 6th street rebuild, the work that has been completed on the Fair Park swimming pool, new fencing at Fair Park, the landfill, wastewater, the airport, and the coming street scape program between downtown and the Clinton Birthplace.  The Mayor noted the Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site draws 10,000 visitors to Hope every year.

Mayor Still noted the economy is good in Hope.  He said a new pellet plant is coming to the industrial park and Hempstead County Unemployment is at 4.6%, well under the national rate of 6.7%.

The Mayor was introduced by his immediate successor, form Mayor Steve Montgomery.