May 2012

Council, staff and I are excited to announce "good stuff" is happening in the Town of Lexington.

First, the long awaited Phase I of the Unified Traffic Plan will finally move to construction this July. SCDOT confirmed this wonderful news just a few weeks ago. This project will include improvements along Columbia Avenue at Park Road, W. Main St., and W. Butler St. to relieve congestion along this busy corridor.

Also, after 18 months of public meetings, feedback and active discussion, Council will approve the Town's Vision Plan at the May 7th Council Meeting. This long term, futuristic undertaking will be our guide to the future and will be used to proactively and efficiently manage growth in Lexington in a positive direction. First year projects will focus on Downtown, Economic/Community Development and Beautification/Corridor Enhancements.

Two major enhancements currently under development are: Lexington Square (a partnership between the Town, County, Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers Association, Lexington Beautification Foundation, Lexington County Bar Association and Dennis Corporation), which will be the epicenter of our community, opening later this month on the corner of E. Main St. and S. Lake Dr. and the I-20/Sunset Blvd. (US 378) Interchange Beautification Project, which will be the first "front porch" entrance corridor of Lexington. The project's funding is being provided by a $620,000 grant from SCDOT, Lexington County and the Lexington Beautification Foundation.

Please visit our website after the May Council Meeting for full details of the plan including our Priority Projects Timeline.

In closing, I would like to leave you with the words of the Athenian Oath recited by the citizens of Athens, Greece over 2000 years ago. It is still applicable today as we embark on "VisionLexington";

"We will never bring disgrace to this our city, by any act of dishonesty or cowardice; nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks; we will fight for the ideal and sacred things of this city, both alone and with many; we will revere and obey the city's laws and do our best to incite a like respect in those above us who are prone to annul or set them at naught; we will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty. Thus, in all these ways, we will transmit this city not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us."