Water, sewer projects highlight 2007 in Fulton

Water, sewer projects highlight 2007 in Fulton

By: By CHRIS MENEES Messenger Staff Reporter

One of the best things about water and sewer projects being completed in Fulton is that they were done at no cost to the city, according to Fulton city manager Kenney Etherton.
The water and sewer projects were among the past year’s highlights for the City of Fulton, Etherton told The Messenger Thursday as he reflected on the past year.
“We had some good things (in 2007),” he said.
Etherton said Fulton received state grant money and completed a water and sewer project in the city’s industrial park. After the first of the new year, additional grant money will allow for another water and sewer project to be completed on Middle Road across from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Fulton.
“Those both were state grant money from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. They haven’t cost the City of Fulton any money,” he said.
Etherton said no big businesses located in Fulton in the past year, but no businesses were lost either, and a couple of smaller businesses have opened. He said People’s Choice Credit Union has opened in Fulton and two new restaurants are currently in the process of opening sometime after the first of the new year.
He said Fulton will also benefit starting Jan. 2 when former Fulton mayor Eddie Crittendon begins work as the new executive director of the Fulton County/Hickman County (Ky.) Economic Development Partnership.
“We lost a mayor but we gained somebody who knows the community and the area and the needs,” Etherton said.
Elaine Forrester, a Fulton City Commission member who formerly served as mayor of Fulton, will again assume the role of mayor after Jan. 1. She was appointed to fill the term for the next year after Crittendon resigned. Her position on the commission will be filled by Doug Fisette.
Fulton also gained a new fire chief in the past year with the resignation of former fire chief Shawn Bixler and the promotion of assistant chief Jim Hartz to the chief’s position.
Plus, the past year saw the merger of the Twin City Ambulance Service with the nearby Hickman (Ky.) Ambulance Service.
Etherton, who is beginning his third year as Fulton’s city manager, said 2007 was overall a good year in Fulton.
“A real positive that we’ve had is we have an outstanding working relationship with the new administration in the (Fulton County) government and we’re working hard every day to find a way to combine services,” he said. “The merger of Twin City Ambulance Service has been great for the county and the area.”
Etherton said one of the biggest challenges for 2008 will be continuing to work with legislators on the state’s retirement system.
“That’s going to be a challenge to the budget in years to come if the legislature doesn’t give some relief with that,” he said. “We have a good relationship with our local legislators and are working closely with the Kentucky League of Cities on the issue. It’s really an ever-increasing budget issue.”
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.28.07

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