Skip to content

Improvements on mind of Kenton’s mayor

Improvements on mind of Kenton’s mayor

Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:07 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Virginia Davidson has a long list of accomplishments when it comes to community improvement projects in Kenton. But the current Kenton mayor is most interested in the future of her city.
Mrs. Davidson was born and raised in Kenton and, except for a few years she spent working in Chicago, has lived in Kenton all her life.
It is her commitment to the town she calls home that drives Mrs. Davidson.
As the final days of 2010 wind down, she sat down for a few minutes Tuesday night and shared her thoughts about her town — past, present and future.
For 29 years, Mrs. Davidson served as city recorder and city clerk and then in July 1999 she was elected to her first of two consecutive terms as mayor. She is currently beginning her third term as mayor.
“I’ve been around a while,” Mrs. Davidson said with a broad smile.
Easing back into the mayor’s office at Kenton City Hall is a transition that is taking a little time. The walls of the office are still relatively bare and Mrs. Davidson admits she still has some work to do before the office bears her signature.
Reflection on her accomplishments results in a list that runs long.
As the city’s mayor from 1999 to 2006, Mrs. Davidson was actively involved securing grants to help the town. She was instrumental in securing grants for the town’s old school gym, which now serves as a multi-purpose community center. Mrs. Davidson also worked on grants for downtown lighting and for the development of the city’s park.
Mrs. Davidson said during her previous term in office a new roof was installed on City Hall, a walking track was built in the park and a workshop was built at the city’s water plant. The city park has been landscaped and a gazebo and pavilion have been built.
Then there is the new Kenton School that was opened on the south side of town. The school serves pre-school through fourth grade, and Mrs. Davidson said work is being done to set up a fifth grade at the school.
One other achievement she listed was the upgrade of the downtown area.
“Everybody is proud of it now, but they weren’t then,” she said.
Looking ahead to 2011, Mrs. Davidson has already begun working on her goals for the town.
“My No. 1 goal is to get a balanced budget,” she said.
She also said she wants to make sure all the city’s departments are working for the betterment of the town.
The mayor is optimistic she and the new city council will be successful in reaching both goals.
“We’ve got a good board and I’m looking forward to working with them,” she said.
“I’ve been working during the past two weeks really hard,” Mrs. Davidson added.
It is her work ethic, civic pride and ability to work with others that she hopes to use to help the town grow and prosper.
Mrs. Davidson said she is looking forward to “getting the city back on track.”
She and the city council have already begun working on balancing the city’s budget, and have initiated a plan to renovate the town’s community center.
Beyond improving the town’s infrastructure and finances, Mrs. Davidson said she is also working on opening a senior citizens center at the community center and will be bringing back the town’s 4th of July celebration.
Published in The Messenger 12.30.10

Leave a Comment