Hornbeak mayor optimistic about 2008

Hornbeak mayor optimistic about 2008

By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Messenger Staff Reporter
Grants have been good for the Town of Hornbeak in the past year.
And Hornbeak Mayor Larry Seay is looking forward to seeing if 2008 holds more of the same.
“Something we’re really proud about last year is completion of the first phase of the sewer system. It’s up and running and doing well,” Seay said. “The past year, we’ve managed to get a grant to put lights in the ball field, something they’ve been trying to do for 20 years or more. The lights are up and running …”
Seay said town officials are proud of the assistance Gibson Electric Membership Corp. provided on the lighting project and he said all those involved in the effort “did an excellent job.”
“We also managed to get grants for the fire department, for the police department and for recreation this past year, and that’s something we’re proud of,” he added.
Seay said town officials hope to break ground for a new City Hall, fire station and police station at the old school property — located across the street from the existing building housing those services — during 2008. The existing City Hall building will become a full-time community building once the new municipal building is complete.
In addition, he said the town wants to finish the second and final phase of its new sewer system in the new year. He said those involved tried to start the project’s next phase this past fall but there were paperwork issues that delayed its start.
“We look forward to starting in the spring and getting it done,” the mayor said.
Seay said town officials would also like to try to obtain some additional grants for recreation, specifically additional funding to go with some money already on hand for a skateboard arena at the park. He said there were hardly any children on the streets at all when he first came to Hornbeak in 1996 but now there are lots of children and teenagers in town — and they need somewhere to go for recreation.
Another addition to Hornbeak in 2007 was the return of Ronnie Moore as the town’s police chief, a position he had previously held in years past, according to Seay.
“That’s really been a boost for us,” he added.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.3.08

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