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It has been such a different year in so many ways in the Town of Lexington. Our community has come together, adjusted and adapted in these trying times, and that is why I am so proud to be your Mayor.
It hasn't been an easy year, however the Town has been resilient and pushed through to continue to make our community a great place to live.
Despite new challenges, the Town has been able to move forward and make great progress on major traffic and quality of life projects.
The new Icehouse Amphitheater Pavilion will soon be completed, and it will be the latest staple for the downtown area. Once we get back to having concerts, vendors will utilize this space during events. We are also excited for it to be the new, permanent home to the Market at Icehouse.
Restoration of the Gibson Pond Park Dam and the Old Mill Dam are both coming along. These projects were a long time coming since the flood of 2015, and the Town is excited to see progress being made to restore these areas. The Town will be installing a one-mile walking trail around the Old Mill Pond which will be a new feature in that area to enjoy.
If you've traveled down North Lake Drive lately, you've seen the Town and construction crews hard at work as preparations are made for the widening of the outbound lane. To help traffic flow better in this area, there will be two lanes of traffic headed away from Town Hall.
Although this year has been different, we are blessed to have been able to help our residents and businesses. During the pandemic, Council established a $1 million small business emergency loan program and cut in-town property taxes by 21 %, marking the third property tax cut in the past 30 years. Council also passed a dollar for dollar rebate program aimed at investing $250,000 into our small businesses, while giving water and sewer customers up to $25 off their monthly utility bill.
During times of uncertainty, calling Lexington home gives hope for the future. Town Council and I hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.