By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
In speaking at the Wednesday Lion’s Club meeting, Gainesville mayor Jim Goldsworthy praised city workers for two recent crises in the city and said he was excited to see the revitalization of the city starting to reap rewards.
Goldsworthy praised city workers who repaired a 14-inch broken water pipe last Sunday that caused a shut down of water services for a part of the city proper. A code red alert was sent to city residents to conserve water as the team was able to make repairs in only five hours returning the water system to normal.
“Not only were we able to make such an extensive repair quickly but with our emergency alert system, we were able to communicate what happened to the community,” he said.
Involving another city emergency Goldsworthy praised the city fire department and city services regarding the recent fire at the solid waste transfer station.
“It took over 24 hours to put out the fire,” he continued. “But thank goodness no one was hurt and with everything covered by insurance a bad situation was mitigated.”
In speaking about the revitalization of the city, Goldsworthy advised that the Medal of Honor (MOH) park has reached 100 percent funding and ground breaking should start soon on the proposed park near U.S. Interstate Highway 35 and California Street.
“The MOH committee raised over $400,000 to fund the new commemorative park and it will be a great asset and draw for the city of Gainesville,” he said. “The city is very proud to be able to honor MOH recipients with this project.”
Regarding other projects around the city, the mayor spoke about several upcoming improvements including a proposed plan to possibly make U.S. Highway 82 a three lane road which will improve traffic flow without taking out the corridor businesses along the route.
Although the new pool expansion at Leonard Park has undergone construction delays, Goldsworthy said the pool facility will be another jewel in the city and will provide enjoyment to both residents and visitors.
He also said that officials are currently looking for more restaurant opportunities for the city. With WinStar Casino development and people moving to the area he foresees that some of the larger restaurant chains and retail businesses will take a closer look at the Gainesville and Cooke County area, especially along the I-35 corridor.
Also high on the city’s agenda is the revitalization of the city housing areas and the clean up of uninhabited and dilapidated houses that are pending either demolition or improvements.
“ We are far from where we ought to be but at least we are heading down the trail in a positive direction,” Goldsworthy said.
Further road improvements, security camera systems and property developments are on the horizon as the city recently sold some land at Moss Lake for $1.2 million.
“We sold the land that had been originally designated as a potential park project because we believed there were other more vital areas of concern that we needed to address. I can assure the citizens of Gainesville that the money received will be spent for the betterment of our community,” he continued.
Goldsworthy said that people are starting to believe in the learning programs implemented in the Gainesville schools and that great teachers and administrators are leading the way to give our students an education surpassed by none.
He said, “Of course no town is perfect but I believe that Gainesville is a good place to live with lots of potential. People are moving here because we are creating jobs and a positive environment. I like to see it as a modern day Mayberry with great people and an even greater future for all.”
In other Lion’s Club news, the annual golf tournament is still scheduled for July 20. Openings for two man teams are still available. Funds raised have already surpassed last years revenue said club president Fred Rosenbaum.