The City of Waynesville has accomplished a large number of its goals in the last year, from adding millions in its reserve account to beginning projects that will help change the face of the city.
" One thing I'm really proud of is how we have worked to prepare for the future, including disasters," said Mayor Luge Hardman.
In fact , the City has purchased four large electrical transformers to prepare for disasters. It also has added millions to its reserve account.
"Any time the city has extra money left over, we save that money to build our reserve accounts," Hardman said.
The City has added $3.2 million in restricted funds and more than $500,000 in useful funds.
Luge Hardman said that looking back on all that the things the city has accomplished in the last year, is beginning work on the Safe Routes to School Sidewalk Project was what she was most proud of.
"We want to be a walkable community. That is very important to us," Hardman said.
For 2013, Hardman has four specific goals in mind that she feels will help improve the community.
1) Completion of H Highway low water project:
Next to the middle school on H Highway, by the crossing at the Tennis courts, the City has dealt with major flooding issues for several years. This problem has especially escalated since the high school opened and the road was used as one of the two main entrances to the high school.
"When we have high water, there is only one entrance into the high school," Hardman said. "We have got to crack that."
The City is working with Missouri Department of Transportation and neighboring communities to work on this issue.
2) Finishing the downtown parking lot, besides the post office.
The City purchased a large area in downtown last year, near the post office.
" This coming here we are going to pave it and stripe it," Hardman said.
Hardman also said that by the time that project is completed, there will be 250 spots downtown created by the city.
Installing Welcome Sign in West Waynesville and and a welcome sign on Highway 17.
On Highway 17, there will be a new welcome sign shortly that will be completed, Hardman said. Also in 2013 there will be a sign off of I-44 to welcome visotors coming in from the West side of Waynesville.
Work with the National Park Service to complete Trail of Tears Projects
This has been a project the City has worked on for a couple of years now. Hardman feels like its completion will boost tourism.